Blog posts by Cathy Calfo

Written by Cathy Calfo on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 on foundation, funding

So do we. That’s why we are investing in the CCOF Foundation and asking you to join us by making your own tax-deductible contribution before the end of this year. Between 2005 and 2009, the CCOF Foundation led the Going Organic project to provide information about organic certification and production to hundreds of agricultural professionals and helped 40 farmers to convert more than 4,000 acres to organic production. Going Organic also supported the introduction of the USDA organic seal by promoting its acceptance. Organic seems to be everywhere from the local farmers' market and farm stand...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 on funding

Since 2007, CCOF has allocated funds to partially offset certification costs for clients who have experienced extreme hardships. Such funding has been primarily used for supporting clients that have experienced drought, invasive pest losses or quarantines, or other natural disasters. In 2013, the program was renamed to honor Barney Bricmont, one of our founding members. We are pleased to announce $10,000 available in Hardship Assistance Program funds for 2013. Please submit this simple one-page request to apply for relief funding. Funding is limited and will be awarded based on need and the...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 on advocacy, materials and inputs, NOP, NOSB

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) last week posted a plan to update the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) material “sunset review” process to address a broken system that has challenged the organic community for some time. We believe that this proposal will break some of the existing regulatory logjam and allow the NOSB to focus on larger issues that matter to organic consumers and producers. Sunset review allows for periodic reassessment of the NOP National List, which provides for exceptions to the prohibited use of synthetic substances in organic production when specific...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Monday, January 21, 2013 on grower, handler, livestock, retail

CCOF’s annual membership meeting will take place at the top of a series of anniversary events – Celebrating Forty Years of Growing Organic Agriculture. The meeting will be held 9:00–10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, January 23, in the Kiln Room at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. This meeting is an opportunity for CCOF members to meet with each other, CCOF staff, and board members to let us know what’s on your mind (there will be an open microphone!), so please join us! As part of the celebration, you can take a walk down memory lane: either by joining the anniversary...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Thursday, January 10, 2013 on advocacy, genetic engineering, services

It's a New Year! Our first CCOF staff meeting of the new year began with sharing personal resolutions and words of wisdom with each other. Our vows to get in better shape, be more present, and take on new challenges match well with CCOF’s organizational goals: Provide more personalized certification services (faster, less paper). Talk directly to local congressional offices for action on a new U.S. farm bill and investment in organic. While averting the fiscal cliff, Congress eliminated nearly all farm bill support for organic agriculture. Remind our friends and neighbors to say “No” to GMOs...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Monday, November 26, 2012 on

The organic equivalent of “Got Milk?” may be on the way. Interest in creating an organic research and promotion order (or check-off program), which would generate between $30 and $50 million annually for organic research and promotion, is nothing new. But the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is taking a fresh approach to exploring this mechanism to boost U.S. organic sales. The approach first takes some old baggage off of the table by explicitly stating that an Organic Research and Promotion Program (ORPP) should support and not burden organic farmers: check-off assessments would not be made...