Blog posts by Jon Knapp

Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 18, 2014 on

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been sponsoring organic farming research, education, outreach, and competitive grant making programs for over 20 years! They are currently hiring for three positions in Santa Cruz, California. If you want to join this fantastic organization, email your résumé to jobs@ofrf.org. The positions are detailed below: Research Program Director This new, senior level position provides an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to build on OFRF’s body of work, to develop programs that encourage more...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 18, 2014 on directory, marketing

The CCOF Organic Directory is the largest publication of its kind in the organic industry, listing over 1,500 products and services from more than 2,700 certified members. Help your listing stand out by adding a full-color business logo to your free client listing in each upcoming edition of CCOF's Organic Directory & Resource Guide, which is distributed annually to more than 4,000 organic consumers, producers, buyers, and suppliers. The one-time $100 Enhanced Directory Listing fee places your logo alongside your standard listing, highlighting and promoting your product to customers and...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 18, 2014 on CCOF, inspection


We’re excited to share blog resources with the FarmsReach community! Every two months, we will highlight a roundup of each other’s blog features. Their most recent blog series focused on Labor & Worker Safety. Below is a summary of the practical information they shared. Enjoy! How to Survive Labor Audits & Avoid Big Fines “In July 2011, Paul was expecting a visit from the California State Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), as they were in the area inspecting farms for heat safety issues. When the DIR arrived at his farm and began interviewing his employees, they didn’t find...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 11, 2014 on marketing, research

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is currently in the process of evaluating the Organic Check-off program, which would fund research and aid in promotion of organic agriculture. Other “check-off programs” include the “Got Milk?” campaign and The Wool Trust, which provides grant opportunities to assist the expansion of wool development in the United States. These existing programs are wonderful agricultural opportunities, but they don’t necessarily fulfill the needs of organic farmers and producers. A Consumer Reports survey highlighted that shoppers now credit “natural” with attributes that...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 4, 2014 on CCOF, export, trade

CCOF is honored to have our President of CCOF Certification Services, LLC, Jake Lewin, travel with Governor Jerry Brown's Mexico Trade Delegation. This trade mission was intended to address trade issues between California and Mexico. An agricultural delegation led by California Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross, addressed important agricultural issues. A growing trade in organic products in both directions in addition to the current implementation of Mexico’s organic standards made this an important opportunity for addressing the needs of CCOF members. Other participants included Craig...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, August 4, 2014 on CCOF

CCOF is offering a special merchandise deal for the entire month of August. For those of you who are looking to start or expand your CCOF gear, this offer just for you! Show your organic pride with our 100% organic long-sleeve t-shirt, limited-edition fabric bag, and two bumper stickers. This deal retails at $40, but for a limited time we’re offering the bundle for $30 with free shipping. Use promotion code *FS0814. Take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts! *Free shipping on orders within the United States only. Offer limited to one per household. 
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, July 28, 2014 on education, standards

Organic Education Solutions has teamed up with CCOF to offer the Keep It Organic DVD in our store. The Keep It Organic DVD was developed by experienced organic industry experts at Organic Education Solutions to help companies improve their organic training program and compliance to the organic regulations and company SOPs. The DVD provides tips and training tools to help your employees prevent common mistakes that compromise organic integrity and impact certification. The DVD complies with both USDA National Organic Program and Canadian Organic Product Regulations, and is presented in both...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, July 14, 2014 on grower, research, seeds


The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is currently working on a project that could assist organic farmers in seed treatment. Conventional farming practices that focus on chemical treatment and fumigation can be harmful to both the environment and humans alike, and many of these methods are prohibited in organic production. OFRF is expanding on the work of prior studies that found suppression of soil-borne plant pathogens from microbes present in solid and liquid organic soil amendments. OFRF seeks to identify which specific subset of microbes is responsible for this pathogen...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, July 7, 2014 on advocacy, CCOF, export, international

On June 26, 2014 Jake Lewin, CCOF Certification Services President, was announced as one of the seven additional members to join the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in fruits and vegetables. The ATAC members were appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, with the intention of ensuring the commercial and economic interests of various agricultural sectors are properly reflected in U.S. trade policies. Vilsack stated that agricultural trade committees are helpful when it comes to issues of trade relations and building...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, June 30, 2014 on certification process, help and tips, MyCCOF, services


Do you have trouble using MyCCOF or are you unsure where to start? You do not need to struggle any longer. Managing your certification paperwork and process can be made simpler with MyCCOF, our online certification management system. Now is the time to start using your account! Sharpen those pencils and ready yourself to take notes because we created seven brief video tutorials covering: How to get your organic certificate: Find and download copies of all active certificates and client profiles for your operation. Managing your Organic System Plan (OSP): Find and download your current OSP...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, June 30, 2014 on chapters, member news

CCOF-certified members in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties recently coordinated their efforts to revitalize the North Coast Chapter. The original chapter disbanded a couple of years back due to a lack of interest. On June 12, they met to solicit nominations for board members, discuss chapter goals, and mingle with one another. The meeting brought forth an eclectic group of members. Andrea Davis’ Quarter Acre Farm blog post that summarized the meeting stated that “wineries, vegetable farms, a meat processor, a coffee roaster, vineyard managements and even an ice cream producer” were in...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, June 23, 2014 on Grants, water


The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced an estimated $10 million in competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The CDFA is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) until Tuesday, July 15, 2014. All applicants must access the Application Guidelines for information and program requirements. The CDFA has also hosted an online application using...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, June 23, 2014 on member news

CCOF Business Partner Global Organics Group is an international, integrated life sciences company engaged in the development and manufacturing of organic plant nutrition and natural ionic minerals for human and animal health. For more than 34 years Global Organics’ BioFlora division has been committed to environmental sustainability by preserving ecosystems while providing superior plant nutrient systems. Recently, Global Organics was recognized by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker with the President’s “E” Award for Exports. The prestigious “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, June 2, 2014 on member news


Woodleaf Farm and Pomotierra are celebrating 32 years of certification with CCOF. Only 23 of nearly 2,800 clients have been certified for over 30 years. This is a monumental accomplishment and we wish them continued success in the coming years! Woodleaf Farm Woodleaf Farm produces almost 200 varieties of fruit that all provide excellent fruit in their Mediterranean-like environment. They pride themselves in being a leader in two important areas of organic fruit production: farm design, to suppress insect and disease pests; and systems soil management, to improve plant health. They also...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, February 10, 2014 on member news

CCOF-Certified for More than 30 Years, and Still Growing CCOF has been around for a while now - we turn 41 this year - and some certified members have been with us the whole time! We’re proud to be leading the organic movement alongside such accomplished organic pioneers and producers. The commitment to organic is not to be taken lightly. Organic producers work to grow and make foods that are good for the environment and good for the body. Together, we are working to prevent the spread of GMOs, protect biodiversity and natural resources, minimize the use of synthetic pesticides and...

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