Introduction to organic principles, standards and certification
30 September 2012
9.00am – 5.00pm
Abbey Home Farm, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire
This seminar is an introduction to organic principles and how they are adopted in practical terms. The day will start with a talk from Lawrence Woodward, previously Director of the Organic Research Centre. We will then look at the history of the Soil Association and look at how our principles and standards are applied to farming and growing enterprises.
The day will include an organic lunch and farm walk highlighting areas that would need to be considered as part of an organic conversion process as well as annual inspection.
The main part of the day will be taught by Doug Stevens, an inspector with Soil Association Certification.
Comment from a previous seminar:
“Doug helped us to understand some of the history of the Soil Association, the reasons for and principles behind organic farming and the process of converting to organic. He also regaled us with tales of his life as an inspector and during a farm walk gave examples of what he would look for, bringing the subject to life in the real world.”
Emma, apprentice 2011-12
This seminar is part of the Soil Association Organic Apprenticeship Scheme but is open to all.
For more information, please contact Rachel Harries firstname.lastname@example.org t: 0117 987 4601 m: 07795 528926
Reduced rate for Soil Association members, licensees/applicants, concessions, charities/NGOs.