The Hawaii Organic Farmers Association (HOFA) will hold a workshop for anyone who sells or distributes products as "organic." Retailers, farmers market vendors, and distributors are encouraged to attend the class, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in room 205 in the Community Services Building at the University of Hawai'i Maui College, 310 Ka'ahumanu Ave., in Kahului.
The workshop will answer questions about organic certification, proper labeling to help ensure businesses are in compliance.
The workshop is free and open to all retailers and farmers' market vendors.
Each participant will receive a packet of valuable reference materials and worksheets for each topic covered in the workshop.
Register in advance by calling HOFA at 969-7789, firstname.lastname@example.org.
With growing concerns about health issues and wholesome organic foods, Hawai'i is experiencing a large influx of imported and locally grown certified organic products in the market place. Since the enactment of the Federal Organic Rule, which has been fully implemented since October 2002, there have been many questions and concerns raised regarding the laws protecting the use of the term 'organic.'
Some of the questions directed to the Hawai'i Organic Farmers Association (HOFA) by producers, retailers and wholesalers of natural food products are: "What has to be certified organic?" "When is the Small Farm Exemption applicable?" and "What are the different categories of organic labeling such as '100 percent organic' vs. 'Made with organic ingredients?'"