Scholarships for Organic Inspector Training.

The Independent Organic Inspectors Association accepts applications for the annual Andrew Rutherford Scholarship Award, which provides full tuition for an IOIA-sponsored organic inspector training course during the following year. Both prospective and experienced inspectors are eligible to apply for the Rutherford Scholarship. It is awarded to an individual on the basis of need and potential as judged by the IOIA Scholarship Committee. Applicants can choose to attend any IOIA-sponsored training. The Scholarship pays for tuition, room and board but does not cover transportation or other expenses. The late Andrew Rutherford was a farmer, organic inspector, and organic agriculture researcher from southern Saskatchewan. He served on IOIA’s initial steering committee and then several years as a Founding Board Member.

Application deadline: October 1st.  Details here.


Organic Inspector Training 2011

The IOIA and Assiniboine Community College are offering 2 courses in 2011 in Brandon, Manitoba as follows:

* Organic Crop Inspector May 3-7, 2011 (Fees due Apr. 3)

* Organic Livestock Inspector May 10-14, 2011 (Fees due Apr.10)

Details here


Comprehensive list of courses including online distance education courses. Details here.


Farming the Web – How to use the internet, social media, and smartphones on your operation

*January 24, 2011, 12pm Nfld time

Tools that teenagers use everyday are also tools that farmers can use to stay up-to-date on issues that affect their bottom-line. Find out how these new technologies can help your farm and business in this webinar presented by Andrew Campbell.  These agriwebinars are hosted by the Canadian Farm Business Management Council. Broadband is not required and computers with dial-up service can participate.

Register here.


These Ten Tips are available to read here on startfarming   (including Marketing to Restaurants #8; Farmer’s Markets #10; Email marketing #6; Direct Selling #9). The book is also available for $12 through