Taking the Mystery Out of Organic Certification


Workshop audio recording from the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Ben Caldwell and Harriet Behar
Friday 3

Organic certification can be intimidating at first, but with knowledge comes power. By watching this “virtual farm inspection” with experienced organic inspectors, you will learn how to complete your farm’s organic system plan, determine which products are allowed or prohibited, prepare your compliance documentation, and prepare for your own organic inspection with confidence.

Ben Caldwell is a certification specialist and inspector for MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association). While he currently lacks a farm of his own, he lives vicariously through the farms he visits on inspections.

Harriet Behar is the senior organic specialist with MOSES. As an educator and formerly an organic inspector, she has visited over 2,000 organic farms and processing facilities. She and her husband produce vegetables, herbs, bedding plants, value-added products and small grains on their 216-acre certified organic farm in southern Wisconsin.