Pathway to certification
EnviroVeg provides a pathway to certification that uses all the major program resources and takes a business from analysing gaps through the self-assessment, through facilitated training and to certification with Freshcare Environmental. Each of these resources can be used at any point, so you can jump straight to certification if you choose to; but this pathway has been designed to facilitate movement through the program.
The EnviroVeg pilot program provides the opportunity to access funding to move through this pathway and achieve certification to Freshcare Environmental.
Program resources glossary
Program Coordinator: Contact the Program Coordinator Andy Shaw on 03 9882 0277, 0448 963 548 or firstname.lastname@example.org for support with any aspects of the EnviroVeg program.
Self-assessment: The EnviroVeg self-assessment is housed on the Hort-360 platform, and is broken into modules that map the certification requirements.
The self-assessment is completed annually by members to collect industry data for benchmarking purposes and provide insight to gaps in production methods that could be addressed to produce cost and resource savings. It links to other program resources and produces a report for greater feedback.
Feedback report: The EnviroVeg report gives feedback based on the information provided in the self-assessment and connects to useful, robust resources to help deliver production benefits. It connects directly to the EnviroVeg Resource and the outcomes of the report can be targeted through facilitated training for in-depth assistance with implementation of good techniques on-farm.
The report also highlights what certification requirements are being met, and what practices would need to be introduced in order to achieve recognition under certification through EnviroVeg and Freshcare Environmental.
The EnviroVeg Resource: The go-to resource for guidance on best practice environmental management techniques in vegetable production. It contains tools, recommended practices and usable resources that are useful and beneficial for knowledgeable vegetable producers as well as collating key references and resources, maintaining a robust resource.
It has been developed by an advisory committee of technical industry experts with guidance from a grower steering committee and identifies certification requirements from the nine key program areas.
Hort360 program and modules: Hort360 is a computer based, risk assessment tool, which is designed to give a 360 degree view of horticultural farm business operations. Hort360 assists to identify potential risks, capitalise on business opportunities and highlight unnecessary farm expenses. It is a whole of farm business approach.
The online system of Hort360 is used to host the vegetable specific EnviroVeg self-assessment, and modules from the program are used for facilitated training sessions, where targeted resource management opportunities are developed.
Hort360 training can also meet the training requirements of Freshcare Environmental, a requirement for certification through Freshcare Environmental and EnviroVeg.
Training requirements: To achieve certification and understand the Freshcare code of practice, members undergo a Freshcare training course. Freshcare training can be delivered by approved trainers, and is achieved by pilot program members through facilitated EnviroVeg training.
Facilitated EnviroVeg training: Facilitated EnviroVeg training is delivered through experienced facilitators and trainers with a broad knowledge of the horticulture industry. Facilitated training is recommended For members seeking additional benefits through feedback and advice as well as a path to Freshcare Environmental Certification.
Freshcare Environmental: Freshcare Environmental is an a comprehensive, easy to follow and outcomes based environmental assurance program, specifically designed to aid in achieving and demonstrating real environmental outcomes on-farm.
Freshcare Environmental ties in with other industry assurance standards, such as food safety, and is the third-party-accredited assurance underpinning EnviroVeg certification and its associated branding.
Certification resources: EnviroVeg supplies tools that aid in the certification process through Freshcare Environmental including; auditing and certification feedback mechanisms, templates for information collection and vegetable-production tailored assessment information.
As certification uptake increases, EnviroVeg increases its vegetable production specificity, whilst meeting the requirements of Freshcare Environmental. This ensures EnviroVeg members have a tailored certification that is underpinned by a robust, quality program.
Furthermore, co-badged EnviroVeg/Freshcare Environmental certificates are issued to these members, who are also able to access the resources available to Freshcare members.
Environmental branding: Certified EnviroVeg members have access to use of environmental branding for marketing purposes. The EnviroVeg branding can be used on packaging, websites and other consumer facing communications by members who have met the requirements of Freshcare Environmental.
A mandate of EnviroVeg is to develop recognition for its certified members, and many further benefits are under investigation. best way to develop recognition for best practice techniques is through unified industry use of branding underpinned by robust resources.
Non-certified EnviroVeg members are listed on the EnviroVeg website where they are recognised for their benchmarking efforts.
Website: The EnviroVeg website connects all the program resources together and is constantly being updated with resources that further the EnviroVeg cause. www.enviroveg.com.au