Organic Certification Course for Farmers

So you grow or raise everything on your farm using organic practices, but you're not yet certified organic? At what point would it be worth the paperwork to become certified? Could your business benefit by being able to use the word "organic" in your marketing? Are you foregoing a price premium by not certifying? How hard is it, anyway? Dive into these questions in the 4-week online course BF 106: Organic Certification - What, How, and Why (or Why Not).  This course features presentations by certified organic farmers on what certification looks like on their farm and how they made the decision. The course is targeted to aspiring, beginner, and experienced farmers who are considering organic certification. 
New this year! Participants who complete all requirements of one or more online courses are eligible to be endorsed for a 0% interest loan of up to $10,000 through
BF 106: Organic Certification runs from Mon. Feb 2 - Mar 2 with Monday night webinars 6-7:30pm EDT. If you aren't able to attend in real time, webinars are always recorded and posted for later viewing.
All of our courses consist of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting. This course costs $150, and up to 4 people from the same farm may participate without paying extra. See the course description page for more on the course learning objectives, instructors, and outline. These courses are part of the line-up of 14 online courses offered this Fall, Winter and Spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program. Learn which courses would be best for you, read about our team of experienced instructors, see answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and  view the calendar of course offerings for 2014-2015. Courses often fill very quickly, so don't miss your chance to sign up today!

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