Blog posts by Jessy Beckett

Written by Jessy Beckett on Monday, March 30, 2015 on foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Grants

The CCOF Foundation is excited to re-open applications for the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund in 2015. Partnering again with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and the National FFA (Future Farmers of America), as well as hosting our own granting process, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund will be doubling our grants this year, giving away a total of $100,000 in 2015! Twenty $2,500 grants will go to support people looking to attend programs in higher and vocational education programs focusing on organic agriculture. We are excited to support more people in their...
Written by Jessy Beckett on Monday, January 12, 2015 on assistance, education, foundation, funding, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with a mission to train future generations of American youth to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, their classes and clubs reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States. For the most part, these agriculturally-minded youth are trained in conventional agriculture. Now, through an innovative partnership with the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, FFA students will have access to funding for organic projects. Hear from the FFA grant recipients about...
Written by Jessy Beckett on Monday, January 5, 2015 on events


CCOF members, academics, journalists, and organically-interested conventional producers had the privilege of touring through some of the Bay Area’s premier wholesale operations on Wednesday, December 10. Long time organic food purveyor Veritable Vegetable brought the tour group into the inner recesses of their South San Francisco warehouses to give participants a firsthand experience of the ‘cold-chain.’ Participants bundled up to witness old and new Veritable Vegetable wholesale warehouses in action and learn what a good-pack versus bad-pack means for Veritable standards. They also learned...
Written by Jessy Beckett on Monday, November 3, 2014 on assistance, foundation

Had an extremely hard year? Drought? Illness? Hurricane? CCOF’s Bricmont Fund may be able to help!  Bricmont Fund will give away $25,000 to organic producers who have experienced hardship in 2014. This fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers and processors/handlers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship by refunding part or all of a producer’s certification fees. The Bricmont Fund is the only hardship assistance fund specifically targeted towards organic producers in the United States. Last year, the fund sent checks to dairies, growers, and processors to...
Written by Jessy Beckett on Monday, June 9, 2014 on foundation, funding, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Grants


The deadlines for two categories of the CCOF Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is fast approaching. In a statewide partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, kindergarten through eighth grade grants of $1,000 are currently available for organic classroom projects in California schools. Applications Due: Friday June 13. Apply now! Made possible through a collaboration with UNFI, direct grants of $2,500 for vocational and higher education in organic agriculture are now available for students across the United States. Applications Due: Friday June 13. Apply now!...
Written by Jessy Beckett on Thursday, September 26, 2013 on advocacy, farm bill, funding

In 2012, CCOF and four other California Central Coast sustainable agriculture organizations — the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), and the Ecological Farming Association (EFA) — received funding from the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP), a new granting program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, as part of the farm bill. The funding from BFRDP allowed this group of organizations to create a Farmer Education Network (known for short as FEN). FEN’s goal is to cross-pollinate...
Written by Jessy Beckett on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 on farm bill, funding

Last week, USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of loan and grant funds to support rural microenterprises. Many CCOF operations fit the profiles of what could be funded under this micro-granting program. USDA's Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) was established under the 2008 Farm Bill to support the development and ongoing success of rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises, which are defined as rural businesses with ten or fewer employees. About $12.2 million will be provided to eligible applicants this year. Under the program, USDA may...
Written by Jessy Beckett on Thursday, August 8, 2013 on advocacy, food safety, policy

For those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to comment on the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that is currently being developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you now have a little more time! Today, the FDA extended the public comment period from September 16 to a final deadline of November 15. The Food Safety Modernization Act is legislation passed in early 2011 in response to various food safety scares. It will affect both farming and processing operations in a variety of ways. For a detailed analysis of how the FSMA may apply to your business, please check out the...