The FJC Training is designed for organic or biodynamic certifiers and worker organizations staff and independent inspectors to become trained and approved to carry out the Food Justice Certified program. The FJC Training is 3 days and consists of a day-and-a-half of presentations with participatory exercises in the certification system and verification process. Then a day and a half of inspections - the first will be simulated through roll plays and then two field inspections of selected operations in the surrounding area. The training concludes with a written take-home exam for participants, and for the operations, a waiting period for certification approval and license to use the labels.
Registration must be submitted by September 15, 2017 for the Early Bird Registration rate to secure your registration for the training. You will receive an email confirmation and receipt upon submitting your registration. For questions please contact: Louis@agriculturaljusticeproject.org.
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. After completion of all FJC training days, participants will be asked to take an exam in order to receive a certificate to become an AJP approved inspector/reviewer. You will receive more information about the take-home exam at the training.
Confidentiality Agreement: All participants must complete the AJP confidentiality agreement form as part of their registration. 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 $675 per registrant before September 15, 2017 and $775 thereafter. Link for our registration page coming soon!
Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center
107 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342
*Please direct all questions regarding lodging to Louis@agriculturaljusticeproject.org
Travel: Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to the training location. We are including Monday night, October 16th, as part of the training lodging (see below) to help reduce the number of participants traveling on the day the training will begin (Tuesday October 17th). Please note that our trainings typically start by 9am with coffee and breakfast prior to this. This early start does not allow much 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 ideally located between inspection sites. AJP will offer carpooling to and from all off-site inspection locations as part of the training. The nearest airport to Deerfield, Massachusetts isBradley International Airport (BDL) just north of Hartford, Connecticut and about an hour drive from Woolman Hill Retreat Center. 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 Louis@agriculturaljusticeproject.org. Alternative lodging can also be be made on your own at one of the nearest motels or Bed & Breakfast in Greenfield, Massachusetts, about a 10-minute drive from the Retreat Center.