Food Justice Certification Training

April 2, 2018 – April 5, 2018 all-day

The Agricultural Justice Project will hold a three day training for Food Justice Certification (FJC) for reviewers and inspectors in Deerfield, MA, April 2 – 5, 2018 at Woolman Hill Conference Center. The training is for organic certification staff, organic inspectors and representatives of worker organizations who would like to participate in implementing Food Justice Certification on farms and food businesses across North America. Registration forms are due by March 15, 2018. 
The Food Justice Certified standards address:
Fair prices for farmers negotiated with buyers and based on actual costs to produce food that does not abuse the environment, laborers or livestock,
Living wages, respect and decent working conditions for all food workers
Transparency of expectations for workers, farmers and their trade partners,
Grievance procedures and conflict resolution free from retaliation 
Protections for children from hazards and assured access to schooling,
Access to healthcare and freedom from exposure to toxic materials,
The right to organize for farmworkers and for farmers and other food system workers,
Closing the income gap between highest and lowest paid employees within a company.
Farms and food businesses can apply for certification and once qualified use the FJC label in the marketplace.
At the April training, certification staff, including inspectors and reviewers, as well as representatives of worker organizations, will review the AJP standards, learn the process for conducting Food Justice Certified file reviews and inspections, and participate as observers in real farm/food business inspections. To prepare, you can read the standards and full policy manual on the AJP website –
Registration must be submitted by March 1, 2018 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
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 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 $635 per registrant before March 1, 2018 and $750 thereafter.
Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center107 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342413-774-3431
Travel: Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to the training location. We are including Monday night, April 2, as part of the training lodging to help reduce the number of participants traveling on the day the training will begin (Tuesday April 3). Please note that our trainings typically start by 9am with coffee and breakfast prior to this. 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 is Bradley International just north of Hartford, Connecticut and about an hour drive from Woolman Hill. For directions and additional information on Amtrak or bus options please visit the Woolman Hill ‘getting here’ webpage.
Lodging: Woolman Hill is also where AJP will arrange for your lodging provided you are comfortable in a more rustic setting with shared rooms (the rate is $135 per person 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 may 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.
Limited scholarships for registration fee waivers and travel expenses are available for representatives of worker organizations. Please complete registration form and contact Lou Battalen for details.  For copies of the registration form, please mail
Please contact Leah Cohen at 919- 809-7332 with questions.
Registration Form
Name / Nombre: *
Position/Title / Posición/Titulo: *
Email / Correo Electrónico: *
Cell phone / / Número de Celular: *
Please list the phone you will have access to during the training if applicable./ Favor de incluir el número de teléfono el cual tendrá acceso durante el entrenamiento
Preferred Mailing Address / Dirección Postal Preferida *
For receipt of your training certificate and other communications about the training./ Para recibir su certificado del entrenamiento y otras comunicaciones cerca del entrenamiento.
Organization (or independent) / Organización (o independiente) *
Please spell out the full name of your organization./ Favor de escribir el nombre completo de su organización.
Name of Certification Program Lead or Head of Organization / Nombre de Jefe del Programa de Certificación o Director/a de la Organización *
They will receive official notices of change for FJC Standards and Guidelines. / Va a recibir anuncios oficiales de cambios de los estándares y reglamento de FJC
Email of Certification Program Lead or Head of Organization / Correo Electrónico de esta persona *
Do you have any dietary restrictions? / ¿Tiene alguna restricción de dieta? *
Breakfast and lunch will be pre-arranged by AJP. / Desayuno y almuerzo serán pre-ordenados por AJP.
o      None / Ningún
o      Vegetarian / Vetetariano
o      Vegan
o      Gluten free / No Gluten
o      Other:  
Are you willing to room-share at Woolman Hill Retreat Center with another participant?*
o      Yes / Si
o      No
o      Other:  
Have you completed and signed the AJP confidentiality form? / ¿Ha cumplido y firmado el acuerdo de confidencialidad de AJP? * *
The confidentiality agreement is required for participation in the AJP training. If you have not received this form yet, it will be emailed to you upon completion of this registration form. Please complete the confidentiality form, and email it to Your registration will be considered complete when we have received your registration payment, form, and the confidentiality agreement. / El acuerdo de confidencialidad es requerido para participación en el entrenamiento de AJP. Si todavía no ha recibido este acuerdo, lo recibirá al cumplir este formulario de registración. Favor de cumplir el acuerdo de confidencialidad y envíelo a Su registración se considera cumplida cuando recibamos su formulario de registración, pago de registración y acuerdo de confidencialidad.
o      Yes / Si
o      No
o      Other:  

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