Training Information: CED-0560 - Organic Specialist Training for Crops

This training is for existing farmers, new farmers, and people interested in gaining specialized knowledge of organic production and certification for a company, agency, organization, and/or if you want to pursue a career in organic certification. The training includes in-person lectures, discussion groups, and field trips focused on farm crop production, including vegetable production. It is preceded by a 4 hour online workshop on the history and meaning of "organic" as well as general organic requirements. This workshop is completed prior to the in-person session.

The training includes four narrated online modules (each requiring roughly one hour to complete), which are:

1. What is Organic? (history, philosophy, NOSB Principles)
2. What is Certified Organic? (certification process, legal and regulatory requirements)
3. You Need a Plan! (OFPA and NOP requirements for Organic System Plans)
4. Records and Labels! (recordkeeping requirements and approved label claims)

There are quizzes for each module, requiring an 80% score to pass (which can be retaken as needed). Participants will be issued a Certificate of Completion from Vermont State University.  

This course was developed by Jim Riddle (narrator) and Joyce Ford.  Jim was founding president of the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA); former member of the National Organic Standards Board; and, former Organic Outreach Coordinator for the University of Minnesota.  Joyce Ford currently serves as chair of the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS) Accreditation Committee. Joyce has developed and delivered numerous organic inspector training courses.  Jim and Joyce are co-authors of the IOIA/IFOAM International Organic Inspection Manual, which is used to train organic inspectors throughout the world.

REGISTRATION: Registration closes two (2) weeks before the training starts. Registrations are not accepted within five (5) days of the training.

CANCELATION: Cancelations occurring within five (5) days of the training start will be assessed a $35 cancelation fee. No refunds are given for no-shows.

STOP: If you have been awarded a VSAC Advancement Grant or plan to use your AmeriCorps Segal funds, please email to register.

Course Resources
Please contact the Center for Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship for additional information and/or questions

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