From COG Practical Skills Handbooks series:
Record Keeping for Organic Growers
By: Kristine Swaren and Rowena Hopkins
All farmers can benefit from an efficient and well organized record keeping system. This handbook takes you step by step through the process of setting up a field-to-table audit trail, making both your customers and your inspector happy! Not only do more consumers want to know how their food was grown and processed, but more countries are adopting mandatory organic standards that require evidence that producers are following the standards.
This book is a must read even if you're not certified organic, because record keeping for certification is also record keeping for successful farming!
Table of Contents
- What and why
- Farm records
- Applying to Certify - the Organic Plan
- Getting Ready for Inspection
- Getting Better
Our aim with this Practical Skills handbook is to reduce the barriers and anxiety associated with record keeping for organic certification. Whether you choose to certify or not, the record keeping described here will help you transition more easily to organic production methoods. Good record keeping also facilitates farm planning and evaluation —which in turn helps to improve your bottom line.
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