Blog posts by Jon Knapp

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...
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...
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....
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...
Written by Jon Knapp on Thursday, February 28, 2013 on book review

As CCOF continues to celebrate our 40th anniversary, we reflect on the pioneers and innovators who have helped make organic what it is today. Our Santa Cruz home offers a diverse agricultural history rich with stories of unique individuals working towards a sustainable and healthy food system. Recently, Dr. Paul Lee of CCOF-certified member Homeless Garden Project published There is a Garden in the Mind: A Memoir of Alan Chadwick and the Organic Movement in California, offering a look at the work and life of pioneering organic gardener Alan Chadwick and his impact on organic agriculture and...