Certified Organics Associations of BC Roadshow
September 20, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Merville Hall, 1245 Fenwick Rd, Merville
Beginning fall of 2018 producers, processors and handlers of organic food and beverage products will require documentation verifying their products have accredited organic certification – this includes farm gate sales, farmers’ markets and retail stores. The mandatory organic regulation is driven by a consumer need for clear definitions and regulations around the term “organic”. What does this mean for producers?
In this workshop, we will explore the new regulation and its impact on producers, both certified and non-certified, as well as dive into the steps to becoming certified and the support available to producers who plan to transition—including an overview of an innovative new online tool to streamline the certification process. This workshop will be essential for everyone from farmers currently using organic practices to bakeries labeling products as organic.
Jen Gamble is the Executive Director of Operations for the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC), a non-profit organization that oversees organic certification in BC. COABC aims to lead, support and enhance the certified organic food system in BC. Over the past two years in her role with COABC, Jen has been working with the Ministry of Agriculture to help smooth the transition into the new provincial regulation that will ensure organic claims are verified by certification.
Jen has a long history of involvement in the food system, from farming to advocacy. As a farmer, she could see the disconnect between farmers, consumers and the food system which inspired her to became a deeply dedicated member of the organic food movement.
Carmen Wakeling is CEO and Co-owner of Eatmore Sprouts & Greens Ltd.
Eatmore is a Certified Organic Farm producing a variety of sprouts, greens and vegetables on 3.75 acres near Courtenay, BC. Our products are sold through restaurants, grocery stores and wholesale distributors throughout Western Canada. Sprout products include: Alfalfa, Deli, Garlic, Clover, Broccoli, Sunflower Greens, Microgreens and Pea Shoots. Sprouts are produced in an indoor growing facility and greenhouse buildings. We produce over 8000 pounds of sprouts and greens weekly, year-round.
In the last 25 years Carmen has been involved in learning about and developing systems to support a successful business while maintaining as small a footprint as possible and feeding our community and those throughout Western Canada.
Our mission is to produce organic sprouts & greens year round for a happier, healthier planet.
We value: Community, People, The planet, Sustainability, Creativity and so much more.
Carmen has been involved in all aspects of company development including:
Marketing, financial management, innovation, human resources, facility development, business strategy, succession planning, food safety system development, communication, evaluation and development of core business systems, organic certification, community engagement, and organizational development both internal and external to Eatmore.
Carmen has served in numerous positions on an array of boards related to industry, advocacy and community and is currently involved at a board level with:
- Vice President Small Scale Food Processors Association (SSFPA)
- President International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA)
- Chair of Sprouts Canada
- Chair of Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC)
- Vice Chair of Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (PACS)
- Co-Chair Vancouver Island Organic Collective Society (VIOCS)
- Industry lead: Science Clusters II Research project
For more information or specific Questions feel free to contact her.