An Example of How A Group Can Access New Markets
GroupGAP members may combine their harvest as part of an aggregator or food hub. The food hub distributes to a wider market base. These markets benefit from locally sourced and stable food supply chains.
Answer the following questions to determine if GroupGAP is right for you:
- Can you gather a group of fellow specialty crop producers?
- Would your group be willing to share responsibility for applying food safety practices to increase your market opportunities?
- Can you identify individuals to fill key roles?
- Can you agree to be audited as one body?
The following chart has been adapted from the USDA GroupGAP User’s Guide and provides an example of what a typical year of GroupGAP looks like.