Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Capturing and Organizing Data for Organic Certification, GAPs Compliance & other Endeavors

Date: Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Start: 12:00 pm End: 3:00 pm

Location: C.S.P.S., 1103 3 Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Contact: Iowa Valley RC&D, 319.622.3264, Jason Grimm, jason@ivrcd.org, or Dora Bopp, dora@ivrcd.org

Paperwork can be the bane of the certified-organic, GAPs-audited, and financially-aware farmer. Learn how to capture information, get on top of your paperwork, and wow your inspector, auditor, and banker.

Rock Spring Farm’s Chris Blanchard will provide an overview of the basic techniques he and his crew use to gather information and keep it organized for easy access with a minimum of effort.

Chris Blanchard provides consulting and education for farming, food, and business through Flying Rutabaga Works. As the owner and operator of Rock Spring Farm since 1999, Chris  raised twenty acres of vegetables, herbs, and greenhouse crops, marketed through a 200-member year-round CSA, food stores, and farmers markets. Prior to 1999, Chris managed student farms, worked as an intern, packing house manager, plant breeding assistant, and farm manager, and provided consulting for a major organic processor, in California, Wisconsin, Maine, and Washington state. His workshops, writing, and consulting throughout the country about farm business concepts, food safety, organic vegetable production, and scaling-up have gained a reputation for fresh approaches, down-to-earth information, and honesty.

The workshop is hosted by the Iowa Valley RC&D and Iowa Valley Food Co-op in Cedar Rapids. Registration Information at http://www.ivrcd.org/workshops-2