Organic Certification Workshop

AUGUST 30, 2016 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

VSU RANDOLPH FARM

4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics. USDA organic standards describe how farmers grow crops and raise livestock and which materials they may use. Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber that cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives. 

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PROGRAM INCLUDES:

Marketing Opportunities for Certified Organic Farmers

Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - VABF Board Member

 

Organic and Sustainable Methods

Leonard Githinji, Ph.D., Urban and Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Virginia State University

 

Allowed and Prohibited Practices and Substances in Certified Organic Farming

Brian Rakita, Inspector, QVC

 

Lessons from An Organic Farmer

Bill Cox, Owner/Operator, Casselmonte Farm

 

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Patrick Johnson, Small Farm Agent, Virginia State University

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-5626 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. VSU’s College of Agriculture consists of three academic departments: Agriculture, Hospitality Management, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Integrated within the College are an Agricultural Research Station; Randolph Farm, a 417-acre research and educational facility; and Virginia Cooperative Extension.