Organic Industry and Technical Education

The knowledge and skills acquired through the certification as an organic farm technician is also meant to introduce and equip students for success technical careers in the organic food systems industry such as organic consultants and certifying inspectors.

  • Aligned to select food systems and agricultural education standards
  • Guidelines for Organic Producers includes National Organic Program standards and regulations for crop production 
  • Common Core Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Standards (AFNR); Next Generation Science Standards

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Intellectual Skill Development:  Ecological understanding History and principles of organic crop production.
  • Cognitive Skill Development:  Knowledge and understanding of the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations, standards, and practices.  USDA and FDA food safety standards.  OHSA workplace safety standards
  • Practical/Applied/Trade Skill Development:  Applied knowledge of organic crop management (allowed fertilizer and chemical inputs), weed and pest management, crop rotation, integrated crop management.
  • Communication Skill Development:  Food safety tracking, and reports.
  • Thoughtful Thinking/Learning Skills:  Workplace skills to enhance leadership abilities, cooperative teamwork, and case study methods to increase problem-solving skills in experiential farm opportunities.