NIC workshop cultivates local harvesters

Local food producers are invited to register for a free, two-day workshop on Good Agriculture and Collection Practices Feb. 19-20.

PORT HARDY—Local food producers and harvesters interested in marketing or sharing their products are invited to register for a free, two-day workshop on Good Agriculture and Collection Practices Feb. 19-20.

The workshop, to be held at North Island College’s Port Hardy campus, is funded through the joint federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 initiative.

Those who complete the GACP workshop will qualify for enrolment in the GACP program.

The workshop will help participants prove they produce or collect food safely; evaluate risks to food safety; and do GACP with limited paperwork. Topics covered include helping growers and gatherers address risks surrounding safety, quality, traceability and ethical practices.

The voluntary program, developed under the review of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, is designed for those who plan to share their products in a market setting. But it may also be of value to growers and harvesters regardless of the end use of their labours.

There is no cost to participants, but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Naida Brotchie at 250-949-7912, ext. 2811 or email naida.brotchie@nic.bc.ca.

For more info on the GACP program contact Keith Hunter at 250-720-8907 or email firstnationwildcrafters@shaw.ca.