The International Organic Inspectors Association is excited to announce that it will be offering for the first time in Canada, Advanced Training in Biodiversity and Natural Resources. This is the third year this has been offered in North America, and will be delivered in collaboration with the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP).

Past participants described the day and a half course as “dynamic,” “stimulating”, and “the best continuing education opportunity I have ever participated in as an advanced inspector training”.

Interactive, and field-based – this course is designed to provide hands-on training and sharpen participants’ observation skills. The goal of the training is to give participants’ confidence to effectively inspect a farm’s biodiversity assets according to the Canadian Organic Regime’s rules on environmental practices and to provide inspectors with supporting guidance on natural resources and biodiversity.

This course will provide participants with the tools to evaluate and verify biodiversity and natural resource attributes for crop and livestock operations and how to organize and deliver feedback to clients about issues with current practices and opportunities for improvement. You will also learn about available online resources and experts available to address different subject areas, as well as on the ground visual assessment, how to efficiently and effectively assess the quality of a farm’s natural resources/biodiversity, and how to communicate with farmers about their practices.

Our training team will focus on providing a practical field-based approach to learning. Trainers include:

  • Alison Peatt (RP Bio)
  • Garth Kahl (IOIA trainer)
  • Tanya Brouwers (BSc., VO)

(complete bios in registration package)

Subject matter experts in the fields of soil science, native pollinators and invasive plant and animals will be invited to attend the training to provide additional support.

Training will take place on several farms and ranches in the region. Land managers will also participate and be available to answer questions about how they manage farm resources.

The South Okanagan Similkameen is a biologically unique area with both high species diversity and species at risk. This area is recognized as one of Canada’s most endangered natural systems due to development and intensive agriculture. Come and learn how South Okanagan Similkameen farmers are working with their farm’s ecology to create biodiverse and resilient operations.

About the Organizers

The International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) is the professional organization of organic inspectors and offers training and networking world-wide for crop, livestock, and processing inspectors.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program is a partnership of fifty organizations that work together to conserve the unique biodiversity and environment of this region. The membership is a diverse array of government, non-government, First Nations and academic institutions. SOSCP has been working collaboratively in the South Okanagan Similkameen community, coordinating and facilitating partner activities and improving the effectiveness of conservation efforts for over 17 years.

Cost Details

Seats are limited. Waiting list may be established.




This course is designed for inspectors, certification reviewers and certification body administrators.

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