Growers, Learn How to Add Jams and Other Value-added Products to Your Organic Certification

Value-added products can bring in extra income and add diversity to your market offerings. On December 11, the CCOF Foundation will host a webinar that reviews the requirements for organic growers looking to certify their value-added products—such as jams, salsas, and dried fruit—through the USDA National Organic Program. 
 
Jessie Nichols, senior hander certification specialist at CCOF, will give an overview of the organic certification process for value-added products. Then, learn about the different avenues farms can take to get into processing, including on-farm processing, shared commercial kitchens, and hiring a co-packer. 
 
Rebecca Courchesne from Frog Hollow Farm from will share her experience producing and marketing a diversity of organic value-added products from Frog Hollow Farm fruit, including conserves, marmalades, and chutneys.
 
Speakers will also touch on additional considerations related to value-added processing, including addressing food safety and health department requirements.
 
For more information, or to register for the webinar, visit the CCOF website.

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