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Black Lives Matter

by Kelly Damewood |

Dear CCOF Family, 

The unjust killing and systemic oppression of Black lives transcends politics—it speaks to the deepest core of our humanity. 

We are deeply disturbed by the unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Dreasjon Reed, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and David McAtee. We understand that these are the most recent tragedies, and countless Black lives have been lost to racist violence in the United States. 

Like all predominantly white communities, CCOF must grapple with its own role in systemic racism. Our agriculture and food systems are built on a history of racism, and it is our responsibility as a mission-driven organization to fight for an organic future that includes and supports Black farmers. CCOF acknowledges that we have much work ahead to ensure that organic food is not a food of privilege.    

CCOF can never achieve our mission of a world where organic is the norm if we do not listen to, learn from, and stand in solidarity with the Black community. Many organizations and businesses are making statements right now. CCOF’s priority is to stay accountable. We are in a deep learning phase and we commit to developing actionable steps to do our part to end racism. This is only the beginning of an ongoing conversation and we look forward to sharing specific steps CCOF is taking in the near future. 


Kelly Damewood, CEO 

Following are some resources that we are using to educate ourselves about racial equity in the food system. We invite you to join us in learning more.