The Eastern Produce Council's 2019 Leadership Program members toured a New Jersey farm. ( Courtesy of EPC )

The Eastern Produce Council’s Leadership Program visited Morristown, N.J.-based Wightman Farms — the fourth leg of the program that included a tour and team-building exercises.

The program has five components: three site visits and educational sessions, a Food Safety Modernization Act training seminar and a conference hosted at the annual New York Produce Show in December, according to a news release.

The first two on-site events were at the Gloucester Port Terminal and Greenyard Logistics in March and Rutgers Snyder Farm in June.  

At Wightman Farms, lead farmer Adam Costello gave the participants a tour of the grounds, detailing the history of the establishment and allowing them to pick some apples and flowers.

Rutgers University Professor Stan Elson, co-adjunct instructor for the Office of Continuing Professional Education, led an afternoon session. Elson talked about development and corrective coaching, as well as building a team.

Leadership Program members will receive a certificate of completion at the Dec. 12 keynote breakfast before the expo at the New York Produce Show.

For more information, visit www.easternproducecouncil.com.

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