Organic Certification for Professional organic producers, processors and distributors
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow this link for 5 easy steps and your application will be underway.
The Organic Trust is the centre of excellence when it comes to organic inspection and certification in Ireland. The very broad range of organic technical expertise available within our organisation is at your service.
The Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. In addition capital grants are available for the purchase of specific equipment
Event | 20 May 2016
National Organic Training Skillet are planning to run the following courses over the next 6 months. If interested in booking a place please contact us by email or telephone to book or to obtain further information. If you dont see anything that suits you and you are seeking specialised training in the farming and food sector, please contact us for assistance - we may be able to help and if we cant, we may be able to at least suggest some alternatives. See below a list of our proposed courses.
Organic Egg Production; A 1 day course on setting up an organic egg unit on your farm covering housing, feed, breeds etc. Course will take place on Saturday the 18th of June @10am and takes place in Co. Clare. Cost of the course is €50.00 (free places for those who are unemployed)
Introduction to Setting Up a Local and Sustainable Cut Flower Business: A 1 day course run by Ciarán Beattie of Leitrim Flowers - a successful cut flower grower with 35 years horticulture and business experience. The course will take place in Leitrim on Monday the 27th of June at 10am and costs €50.00 per person. (Limited free places for those who are unemployed)
Organic Vegetable Production: Join Klaus Laitenberger for a one day session on organic vegetable production and controlling weeds, pests and disease organically. Klaus will take an in-depth look at various crops and problems and offer a range of solution s that will help you develop a healthy and productive vegetable plot. Locations: 23rd of July Springmount Garden Centre, Gorey, Wexford and 30th of July Croghan Organic Gardens, Croghan, Roscommon. Start time:10am, Course cost is €30.00 per person. (limited free places for those who are unemployed)
Raising Poultry on Pasture; 1 day course will cover all aspects of poultry production all the way through to processing. Trainees will be able to see, first-hand the housing and equipment best suitable for poultry production and processing. Course dates; June 1st (Wednesday) in Athenry, Co Galway, €50.00p/p (Limited free places for those who are unemployed)
Organic Production Principles (QQI Level 5 ): 25 hour course on what’s involved in converting to organic farming, This course is QQI certified and is accepted to gain access the organic farming scheme, Cost €220.
Dates: Leitrim: 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd of July (Friday evening and Saturday) Drumshanbo Co. Leitrim
Dates: Tipperary: 21st, 28th of May, 11th and 18th of June (Saturdays) Ballykisteen Hotel, Limerick Junction, Co Tipp
All parts of the course MUST be attended.
Free Retail butchery course focusing on Adding Value to Meat: Free Job Seekers Support Program for the unemployed. Master Butcher Joe Hayes will deliver this is a 21 day training course plus 10 days work experience focusing on adding value to meat for retail sales, Experience is preferred but not essential. This course is suitable for anyone looking to gain employment on a butcher counter or farmers wishing to direct sell various products.( eligibility criteria apply, please call 0719640688 for information)
MSc PG Dip in Organic Farming: This is a part time on-line distance learning course in which there are 8 taught modules over two years and a third year to complete an MSc project in a topic related to organic farming. Commences in September 2016; Duration 3 years; Requires a full application process.
Certificate in Organic Horticulture - Distance Learning. This 2 year course in horticulture will be delivered via Distance Learning, 4 Modules are taken each year, commencing in October 2016. For full details visit http://organiccollege.com/distance-learning/ Cost €600
To book or discuss training or mentoring requirements, please contact National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS) on 0719640688 or 086 1728442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.nots.ie for further details.