FJC Training in Deerfield, MA, April 2-5, 2018

The FJC Training is designed for organic or biodynamic certifiers and independent inspectors as well as member based worker advocacy organizations staff to become trained and approved to carry out the Food Justice Certification reviews and inspections. The FJC Training is 3 days and consists of classroom presentations with participatory exercises relevant to standards, certification system and verification process, roll play inspection interview practice, and field inspections at selected operations in the surrounding area. The training concludes with a written take-home exam for trainees, to be submitted for grading to AJP 30 days after the training. Trainees who receive 80% or above on the exam will be awarded a certificate approving them to serve as file reviewers and/or inspectors for AJP approved certifiers or worker organizations. (Note: to be contracted by an approved certifier independent inspectors or file reviewers may need to meet additional criteria set by the certifier.) One feature unique to Food Justice Certification is that third-party, approved certifiers work with an approved worker organization staff member to conduct inspections and determine compliance with the standards. This contributes to improved truth in the market claim and relies on the local expertise of regional worker organizations. This training will be held in English and Spanish if there is a need for both languages.

Registration must be submitted and paid by March 9, 2018 for the Early Bird Registration rate. Space is limited. You will receive an email confirmation and receipt upon submitting your registration. For questions please contact:

Requirements for Registration for the Food Justice Certified Inspectors Training: All participants must be able to attend all 3 days and sessions of the training in order to be eligible to take the final exam and to receive a certificate to conduct reviews and inspections.

Confidentiality Agreement: All participants must complete the AJP confidentiality agreement form as part of their registration and hold information regarding participating entities in strict confidence. Once we have received your registration and signed confidentiality agreement, we will begin sharing information about the participating northeast farms and businesses prior to the training.

Payment: Early Registration Rate is $635 per registrant before March 9, 2018 and $750 thereafter. Click here to register!

Registration includes: Lodging at the rustic retreat center (some shared rooms) for 3 nights (Monday the 2nd, Tuesday the 3rd and Wednesday the 4th) (you may add a 4th night for Thursday for an additional fee of $45); Local ground transportation between retreat center and on-site training inspections (but no transportation is provided between airports and retreat center); light dinner Monday night and breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Tuesday and Wednesday, and breakfast and lunch for Thursday; a comprehensive training manual and graded exam, and 3 intensive training days from 8:30am to 5 or 6pm each day with qualified and experienced AJP trainers: Jessica Culley (worker organization perspective) and Denise Aguero (certifier perspective), as well as Elizabeth Henderson (AJP founding board member), and Spanish/English training materials and lessons as needed.

Class room lessons and activities will be held at:

Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center
107 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342

On-site training inspections will be held at farms/businesses in the western Massachusetts and eastern New York State. Transportation between training center and on-site training inspections will be provided.

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Travel: Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to the training location. We are including Monday night, April 2nd, as part of the training lodging (see below) to help reduce the number of participants traveling on the day the training will begin (Tuesday, April 3rd). Please note that our training will start at 8:30am with breakfast prior to this. This early start does not allow time to arrive the morning of if you are traveling by air. The classroom portion of the training will be held at Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Deerfield, Massachusetts, a 110-acre retreat center. AJP will offer shuttle vehicles between all training inspection locations in western Massachusetts and eastern New York state and the retreat center as part of the training. The retreat center is 10 minutes distance of the Route 91 / 2 intersection in Greenfield. The nearest airport to Deerfield, Massachusetts is Bradley International Airport (BDL) just north of Hartford, Connecticut and about an hour drive from Woolman Hill Retreat Center. Two options in the area for ground transportation from the airport include: Valley Transporter, Amherst : (413) 253.1350 and Go Green Cab, Northampton: (413) 586.0707. For directions and additional information on Amtrak or bus options please visit the Woolman Hill 'getting here' webpage.

Lodging: Woolman Hill Retreat Center is also where AJP will arrange for your lodging provided you are comfortable in a more rustic setting with shared rooms (the rate is included in your registration fee and covers staying for Monday – Wednesday nights and departing Thursday at the close of the training). If you need an additional night stay (Thursday evening) please arrange this directly with AJP by emailing Alternative lodging can also be be made on your own at one of the nearest motels or bed & breakfasts in the Deerfield/Greenfield area of Massachusetts, about a 10-minute drive from the Retreat Center.