Combined G.A.C.P. & Roots to Success Training
December 5 @ 9:00 am - December 8 @ 12:00 pm
SaskOrganics is pleased to be teaming up with the Canadian Herb, Spice & Specialty Ag & Natural Health Products Coalition and Farm Management Canada to host a workshop which combines a Good Agricultural & Collection Practices (G.A.C.P) certificate training and Roots to Success training, based on the Agrishield Risk Assessment & Management Tool.
This three 1/2 day course will result in a G.A.C.P certificate and access to Agrishield. The course will be held online, in an interactive workshop format. More information will be coming soon, so stay tuned for details but for now, save the dates! Times are tentative and will be confirmed at a later date.
Roots to success
Managing financial risk in farming
Farming is an occupation where nature practices her curve balls. A farmer has to respond quickly to adverse situations and to opportunities … in terms to production and to finances. Roots to Success can turn “flying by the seat of your pants” into an organized financial process. It is an opportunity to explore all the aspects of your business from you own perspective. It helps you identify financial and business issues and think about solutions that suit your needs. For our business it has helped us identify both our weaknesses and our strong points. And that has helped us spend our precious time where we need to spend it. Our banker looks at us a little differently now and has made funding available that helps us move forward .. because we have put the effort into understanding our business better.
Climbing the value added staircase:
When your background becomes your foundation GACP makes you think about what you are doing, how you are doing it, and how you are recording it. It is a process that builds efficiency and accuracy. Having a third party assess your process builds customer trust. And your customer is not only the person or business who buys your product, whether you are “selling” raw material or value-added.
When we moved into agritourism and value added products we used GACP as a bragging point. Now we use it as a strong selling point. It has opened doors with partnerships for manufacturing our raw material. It has enhanced access to government funding programs. It has built relationships with lending institutions and both product and farm liability insurance. As much as the products we grow and make, GACP has played an important role in generating sustained profits. Perhaps most importantly, it has influenced our mindset, and that in turn has guided us in moving forward.
SaskOrganics is able to co-host events like these thanks to the support of the Prairie Organic Development Fund, which is sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Grain Millers and SaskWheat Development Commission, Silver Sponsors the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, Nature’s Path and PHS Organics, and friend F.W. Cobs Company. PODF is funded through the Canadian Organic Ingredient Strategy by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and the Government of Canada.