Blog posts by CCOF

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 17, 2017 on CCOF, general organic, regulatory

To ensure that all CCOF-certified members are represented at the board of directors level, members must approve changes to the CCOF bylaws that will allow the board to establish new chapters. This fall, all certified members will have the opportunity to vote to amend CCOF’s membership bylaws accordingly. In September, members will receive ballots and materials and will have 30 days to respond. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these revisions to the bylaws.   About the Amendments   The amendments to the bylaws will allow the board to form chapters that include currently unrepresented...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, February 13, 2017 on CCOF


CCOF inspects and audits farms and packing-houses to the GFSI-benchmarked GLOBALG.A.P. food safety standards. GLOBALG.A.P. is the world’s leading standards organization for Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and has over 140,000 operations certified worldwide to their various standards. With the rolling out of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), more and more certified organic farmers are being required to implement GAPs on their farms and in their packing-houses. Consequently, CCOF’s food safety program is growing and we are looking for individuals to hire as food safety...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, December 19, 2016 on CCOF

As you gather close to family this time of year, our staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed for the holidays from December 26th through December 30th. We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return. Thank you for your support of organic in 2016! Happy holidays!
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, November 28, 2016 on CCOF

As the organic movement grows, CCOF follows – we’re looking for passionate, talented individuals to help us support the organic community. From certifying farms and products, to engaging in organic advocacy, to helping the CCOF Foundation make a difference, there are a multitude of ways to get involved with organic at CCOF. Apply for one of our open positions, or spread the word to qualified individuals you know who would be great additions to our team. We are accepting applications for the following positions: Handler Certification Specialist CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) seeks two...
Written by Val George on Monday, October 3, 2016 on CCOF

CCOF Certification Services, LLC is seeking three certification specialists to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing tasks related to organic farm (crop/livestock) certification. The certification specialist positions will be open in early December, and recruitment has begun. These positions will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally-accredited organic certification program. Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment with significant job responsibilities. Certification specialists require knowledge of...
Written by Tessa Rosichan on Monday, September 26, 2016 on CCOF

The CCOF Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals for appointment to the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee. The LLC Management Committee is appointed by the board and has the responsibility to control and manage the business and affairs of CCOF Certification Services, LLC. The board looks for applicants who have a background in the organic industry (preferably with an understanding of organic certification) and who have experience in business management, including human resource, financial, and program management. It is important to note that CCOF-...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 19, 2016 on CCOF, events, services

This year, at the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Expo East kick-off dinner and awards event on September 21, the entire meal will be verified organic by CCOF. OTA “strives to always offer organic food at our events,” but decided to take it a step further this year. CCOF worked with them to implement a verification process to ensure their organic menu is compliant with national standards. So what does it mean to be “Verified Organic?” The meal will be verified organic by CCOF. Suppliers, ingredients, and recipes are being vetted to ensure organic status. Dinner menus and event signage have...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, September 19, 2016 on CCOF

Back by popular demand, our black trucker-style hats featuring a “Support Organic Farmers” CCOF patch on the front are in stock in the CCOF store! This style has been incredibly popular–so act fast. These hats are black organic cotton twill with a foam front, flat bill, and mesh back. One size fits all. Get one for your favorite farmer or organic supporter today!
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, June 6, 2016 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be at Expo Orgánico at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico from June 22 through 24, 2016. Expo Orgánico is the largest organic trade show in Mexico, where producers from Mexico showcase their products to buyers from Europe, Canada, and the United States. Get free admission to the event by pre-registering online. Come visit us at our booth! CCOF estará en Expo Orgánico en México, desde del 22 al 24 de junio en el WTC de Ciudad de México. Obtén tu acceso gratuito al evento haciendo tu pre-registro en línea. Ven y visita nuestro stand.
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, May 23, 2016 on CCOF

CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a director of farm certification to work in the Santa Cruz, California office. The director will oversee CCOF’s farm-level certification programs within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally-accredited organic certification programs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as CCOF’s Food Safety Services program. This position may also implement new add-on programs. This is a senior management level position for a self-directed, career-minded individual with good judgement. Applicants must have...
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, March 14, 2016 on CCOF, events, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, State Organic Program


On February 29, over 170 organic farmers, producers, policy makers, researchers, and business leaders came together in Sacramento to discuss the future of organic at CCOF’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference. At the Annual Meeting, keynote speaker Nikiko Masumoto set the tone for the day with an inspiring talk about being a second generation farmer. The Blueprint for an Organic World conference followed, with discussions on the future of organic, including the California Organic Food and Farming Act, soil health and climate change, organic research needs, and the importance of investing in...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, February 22, 2016 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim! In addition to being a part of the main trade show event, this year we will be in the Fresh Ideas tent too. We will be there to promote our members, their certified organic products, and our “Organic is Non-GMO & More” seal. Come see us at booth F27 in the Fresh Ideas tent on March 10, or booth 3026 on the main floor of the convention center March 11-13. Natural Products Expo West is the leading trade show in the natural, organic, and healthy products industry, attracting over 70,000 industry professionals and 3,000 exhibits. We look...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, February 22, 2016 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be at the 29th California Small Farm Conference in Sacramento March 5-8. We will be there to answer any questions about organic certification, food safety certification, and our new “Organic is Non-GMO & More” seal! Small farms are an important part of California agriculture and have a unique set of opportunities and challenges. The California Small Farm Conference is the premier conference for small farmers to hear from industry leaders throughout the state. Come meet and network with famers, farmers’ market managers, educations, government representatives, and more. We look...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, February 8, 2016 on CCOF

Learn more about CCOF in a video and interview with our Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo, created by the Santa Cruz Economic Development Office. The video also features our friend Jeff Larkey at Route 1 Farms and scenes from the bustling Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Market, where a number of CCOF members represent organic and sell their beautiful produce. Watch the video to find out more about CCOF’s history, role in the Santa Cruz community, and the driving force behind our passion for organic. “CCOF does this work because we really believe that organic is the right way to produce food....
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, February 8, 2016 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference this year in La Crosse, WI February 25-27! Come see us at the largest U.S. event for organic and sustainable farming. Bring your organic and food safety certification questions and enter to win one of our new hats! We will be in booth #702. At the MOSES Conference you will learn new ways to improve your farm, discover resources and tools, make connections and find support. We look forward to seeing you there!

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