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Presentations by ODA on certification and inspections, by Will Newman II on soils and marketing, and by Whole Foods on selling organic produce.

  • Seminar
When May 22, 2010
from 09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Where Salem, OR, Extension Auditorium
Contact Phone 503-868-7679
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Organic Production and Certification Seminar

May 22, 2010, 9AM to 3PM

Extension Auditorium, 3180 Center Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

Microfarm Sustainable, in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency, will be presenting an all-day seminar on Organic Production and Certification.
Cost is $30 ($40 after May 15).

Registration Form - Please print, fill out, and send to Microfarm Sustainable.

Not long ago the only cooking show you could see was on public television and featured Julia Child. Now, there is an entire network dedicated to food, and cooking and healthy eating are in the forefront of our thinking. Consumers have become more concerned about the type and quality of their food and how and where it is grown. They want fresh, wholesome foods that they regard as safe and uncontaminated.

Those consumers that have the room are growing their own food. Those consumers that do not have the room look to purchase organic and locally grown food. To meet the growing consumer demand, more people are looking to produce for market but may not know how to start and lack the knowledge of what is required to label food "organic." As the organic movement has become mainstream, it has become more complicated. Even with a federal certification program in place, there is confusion over labels, methods, and products. Different labels are applied to products depending on the percentage of certified organic ingredients. Both consumers and producers can be caught up in the confusion.

To provide growers and would-be growers with accurate information, Microfarm Sustainable will be presenting a conference on Organic Production and Certification on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Extension auditorium in Salem, Oregon.

Those interested in becoming Organic Certified will find the presentations by the Oregon Department of Agriculture of great value. These will cover the regulations on organic production and sales, current organic standards, and how inspections are performed.

Those that want to develop or expand the market for what they grow, whether organic or not, will find useful the presentations on Finding and Developing Your Market by organic grower Will Newman II and Marketing What You Grow by a produce buyer from Whole Foods.

Whether growing for market or for their own use, those that are interested in producing healthy food while enriching their soil will enjoy Will Newman II's presentation on Developing and Maintaining Healthy Soil.

This is truly a conference you should not miss if you are interested in organic production, either for your own use or for market.

For more information, email us at or call 503-868-7679.



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