FSMA Resources

Additional FSMA Resources

Resources at UVM Extension
Regional & National Resources
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops including fruits and vegetables, honey, maple, hops, Christmas trees and nursery crops.


VAAFM also conducts Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits for fresh fruit and vegetable producers. GAP is a voluntary certification program overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For more information about GAP, visit our USDA GAP & GHP page.

VVBGA Community Accredidation for Produce Safety (CAPS)

Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS) is a program of the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (VVBGA).  CAPS is a voluntary, practical approach to documenting the use of practices that reduce food safety risks on farms that grow fresh produce. CAPS is a food safety market access program that can be used in lieu of GAP for participating retailers.

Produce Safety Pack Shed Design & Construction Videos

Check out these videos produced by UVM’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture on pack shed design and construction. They star Vermont farmers and offer tips for operations of all sizes and styles. The Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and USDA Risk Management Agency provided funding for this project.


Agency staff also work closely with the Center for Sustainable AgricultureUniversity of Vermont Extensionthe Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (VVBGA), and the Vermont Department of Health, among other state partners, on produce safety issues and FSMA implementation.


If you are a producer or operator with questions or concerns about FSMA or produce safety, we want to hear from you! Contact Dominique Giroux at Dominique.Giroux@vermont.gov or (802) 522-3132 to share your story.