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Feb 21, 2020

Episode Title: Organic Certifications with Harriet Behar

Show notes:

Getting organically certified is one of the first and most important steps to transitioning to organic farming, but how does one actually go about it? Harriet Behar has worked in organic systems for over thirty years and is an expert on the regulations, processes, and requirements for getting organically certified. Join us and host Dr. Erin Silva as we discuss this crucial process in part one of our four part series on transitioning to organic farming.

Tune in to learn more about:

  • What goes into creating an Organic System Plan
  • How knowing the requirements ahead of time can save time when transitioning to organic farming
  • How to avoid comingling of organic and non-organic crops and seeds in parallel organic and conventional operations
  • What happens during an organic inspection
  • How crop rotations differ in conventional and organic systems

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