Jim Riddle

Organic Fruit and Vegetable Production Two-Day Masters' Series


  • Tuesday, September 8th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm CST, DeLaTerre Farm
  • Wednesday, September 9th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm CST, DeLaTerre Farm

Day 1:
  • Virtual Session 1: Why Organic? (Summary of organic standards and research findings)
  • Virtual Session 2: Completing your Organic System Plan (Walk thru of organic system plans, required for certification)
  • Virtual Session 3: Prepping for the Inspection (Records and approved materials)
Day 2:
  • Virtual Session 4: Organic Vegetable Production (Basic organic requirements and practices)
  • Virtual Session 5: Organic Fruit Production (Considerations for organic fruit production)
  • Virtual Session 6: "Relationship Marketing" (Establishing long term markets)

For more than 30 years, Jim Riddle has been an organic farmer, gardener, inspector, educator, policy analyst, author, speaker and avid organic eater. Jim was founding chair of the Winona Farmers Market Association and the International Organic Inspectors Association, (IOIA), and co-author of the International Organic Inspection Manual. Jim served as chair of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Organic Advisory Task Force and was instrumental in passage of Minnesota's landmark organic certification cost-share program, which now is a Farm Bill program that provides 75% reimbursement for organic certification costs nationwide.

Jim worked for the University of Minnesota as Organic Outreach Coordinator and as Organic Research Grants Coordinator for Ceres Trust.

Jim co-owns and operates Blue Fruit Farm, where he and his wife grow blueberries, black currants, elderberries, aronia berries, honeyberries and more. Jim served on the Leadership Team for eOrganic, the national Extension Community of Practice for organic agriculture and on the Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He was steering committee chair for the newly formed Organic Farmers Association. Jim is former chair of the USDA National Organic Standards Board and a leading voice for organic agriculture.