One Focus: Organic — CCOF's 2017 Annual Report

Dear CCOF members and supporters,
In 2017, we helped 5,227 students and teachers get funding for organic education, helped 71 members engage with influencing policies for organic, and provided organic certification for 3,537 organic farmers and businesses—all with one focus: advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world. 
CCOF’s fully organic focus is powered by the certified organic farmers, ranchers, processors, and handlers who govern our organization. Their passion and dedication inspire us to continue seeking more ways we can work together to advance organic. Through CCOF’s thoughtfully designed organizational structure, we are able to support this focus from a multitude of angles, including providing organic certification, giving grants to current and future organic farmers, lobbying for organic-friendly policies, and developing resources for organic professionals.
One of our most exciting projects of 2017 was collaborating with the Organic Produce Network on the first annual Organic Grower Summit. In December, over 800 leaders in organic agriculture attended the summit to hear from experts on topics ranging from precision agriculture to sustainable packaging. We also connected organic farmers with buyers at the event—including major player in the organic supply chain Costco—helping our members find additional markets for their products. If you missed last year’s event, we hope you’ll join us in Monterey, California for the 2018 Organic Grower Summit. You won’t want to miss it.
2017 was also a critical year for our Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund. The fund was able to provide financial hardship assistance to exclusively organic producers who suffered losses during 2017. Between the wildfires that ravaged California in the fall and the hurricane damage suffered in other states, we were humbled to provide support to affected farmers through the Bricmont Fund.
We’re bringing our organic focus with us into 2018 as we begin new projects to help the community grow. Keep your eye out for a series of low-cost food safety workshops through our Organic Training Institute that will help organic farmers affordably comply with requirements in the Food Safety Modernization Act. You will also hear more soon about our Roadmap to an Organic California project, which will evaluate the ways we can increase organic acreage in California from 3.5 to 10 percent by 2030. 
What’s your focus for 2018? If, like us, you’re driven to continue growing organic, consider joining with us to work toward this goal together. Join your local CCOF chapter, get certified by CCOF, or send us a donation. This all starts with our membership and our supporters, and we couldn’t do it without you.
Many thanks,
Cathy Calfo
Executive Director/CEO