Blog posts by Laura McKissack

Written by Laura McKissack on Friday, May 22, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, farmers markets, marketing


Postcards

Our popular "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are back! This informational postcard will help you educate shoppers about certified organic. These cards promote buying certified organic, explain what "certified organic" means, and name the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Place your complimentary order (limit 100 per operation) now! These complimentary marketing materials are available in limited supply. Postcards will be shipped the first week of June. "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards have been made available through the generous sponsorship of:     This is a project of...
Written by Laura McKissack on Friday, May 22, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic

The CCOF Foundation continues to bring together current and potential organic producers through our 2015 Going Organic workshops. These events are intended for those who are interested in going organic but may not know where to start, or for currently certified operations looking for more producers to source organic from. Each workshop helps assess how close an operation is to being organic and details the steps necessary to transition towards organic certification. Pam Strayer of Organic Wines Uncorked joined the recent Going Organic workshop in Rutherford, California, and recapped some key...
Written by Laura McKissack on Friday, May 22, 2015 on grants, member news


Grocery

CCOF certified retailer Whole Foods Market is in the final countdown for selecting recipients of their Small Producer Grant. Small Producer Grant winners will get the opportunity to receive donations as part of Whole Foods Market's "5% Day" on June 10 when 5% of that day's net sales are donated. The national retailer expects to award about $5,000 to 40 local makers through this program. Recipients can use the money to buy ingredients, put a down payment on a delivery vehicle, or develop in any other way they see fit. CCOF is thrilled to see some of our certified organic members among the 60...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, May 18, 2015 on events, help and tips, marketing


Calendar

Did you know that ccof.org has an online submission for agricultural and organic events? The CCOF community calendar has trainings, webinars, and other opportunities for the organic industry. Partner organizations can submit their events for the calendar. Events are also highlighted in our weekly newsletter. It’s easy and fast! Share your event with our membership today.
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, May 4, 2015 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, funding


The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for 2015 applications! This means that all certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. CCOF is standing by to help members with documentation required by the state, including receipts for fees paid to CCOF and verification that you are certified. CCOF encourages all members to apply for the refunds; whether your operation needs the funds or not, applying...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, March 2, 2015 on CCOF, employment

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking various certification staff to work in the Santa Cruz, California office. The people in these positions will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally accredited organic certification program. CCOF is one of the oldest and largest organic certification organizations in the U.S. and works to promote organic production through certification, education, and outreach programs. Our staff enjoys many benefits that make CCOF an excellent place to work. Our dog friendly office, proximity to the Pacific...
Written by Laura McKissack on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 on business services, directory

Do you make certified organic products for others or pack your own products under other companies’ labels? If not, would you like to? At CCOF we often hear from companies looking for certified organic co-packers. Some are small startups but others are medium to large companies who want to add an organic product line.CCOF’s online Member Directory is one of the highest visited pages on www.ccof.org and can highlight your services to companies seeking them. You can easily update your listing using the Public Profile tab in your MyCCOF account by:Selecting Co-packing Services under the Sales...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, February 2, 2015 on

CCOF is hitting the road this spring to attend organic and food industry events and meet with you! As a dynamic trade association, CCOF sponsors a variety of educational trainings and conferences. We also attend industry trade shows to promote our members and their certified organic products. At each event, we are excited to meet with new and long-time certified members, answer your questions, and learn more about how we can support your organic business. Stop by our exhibit booth or contact us to set up an appointment. See you at these events soon! Organicology 2015  Portland, OR | 2/5-2/7...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, February 2, 2015 on CCOF, member news

CCOF-certified member Jenny Lester Moffitt of Dixon Ridge Farms has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Legislation and Special Assistant to the Secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment last week. Moffitt has been managing director of Dixon Ridge Farms since 2005 and served on the CCOF Board for over two years. She previously served as an education, outreach and research specialist at the American Farmland Trust and is vice chair of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Moffitt will be a...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, January 19, 2015 on events

CCOF will be at this year’s 35th annual EcoFarm Conference; will you? As the largest and oldest ecological agricultural gathering in the west, the EcoFarm Conference offers more than 70 workshops featuring an array of educational and technical workshops, along with notable keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, live entertainment, discussion groups, mixers, delicious organic meals and libations. Visit www.eco-farm.org for more info and to register. Plus, CCOF will be co-sponsoring the New and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Mixer from 5:30-11:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 22. Get to know the...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, December 1, 2014 on CCOF

Happy holidays! CCOF will be closed Wednesday, December 24, and will reopen Monday, December 29. We will also be closed January 1-2. Please allow additional time for processing requests during this holiday season. We look forward to working with you in 2015 and wish the best for your business and family in the new year.
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, December 1, 2014 on events, export

Next week, the Western United States Agriculture Trade Association (WUSATA), in partnership with California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Centers for International Trade Development, will provide an overview of export resources and training for interested food businesses. This event will be held on Tuesday, December 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture: 1220 N Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814. Registration is required. The program will include an overview of WUSATA's Branded Program (matching funds program for export...
Written by Laura McKissack on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 on certification process, renewal

Every year, you are required to submit the annual Continuation of Certification contract and pay your certification fee. In early November, we will mail your renewal package—including the annual renewal contract and invoice—and email you all the necessary information. By submitting the completed renewal contract and payment or payment plan by January 1, you’ll automatically be entered to win a free inspection up to $500. You’ll also receive 10% off of ALL CCOF merchandise through the month of January! Good luck!
Written by Laura McKissack on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 on CCOF

Farmers across the Western United States are struggling to meet challenges posed by one of the worst droughts in U.S. history. Farming is inherently risky, but the current drought combined with increasingly extreme weather patterns is testing the mettle of many. Organic farmers have always employed creative measures to increase their on-farm environmental sustainability, and in this month’s feature article, “Every Drop Counts”, you’ll learn about the many ways CCOF-certified members are employing innovative water technologies to cope during the recent water-scarce season. From wireless...
Written by Laura McKissack on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 on directory, marketing, MyCCOF

CCOF is the only full-service organic certification agency and trade association. Our certified members receive full trade association benefits, including advocacy, education, networking opportunities, and marketing support. We want to help our certified members grow their businesses, and in doing so the organic marketplace.One way we promote our members is by maintaining a searchable online directory of our certified operations. Those looking to find organic products or services can search by keyword, location, or sales method, including Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers'...