Blog posts by CCOF

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!
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, February 8, 2016 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be at the Annual Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference on Wednesday, February 17! Join commercial fruit and vegetable growers from Colorado of all scales, marketing channels and production practices for this day event in Denver. Bring your organic and food safety certification questions to our booth. See you there!
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, January 25, 2016 on CCOF, events

Register now for the 2016 CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference to lock in the special rates for both the event registration and hotel room! We’re counting down the days until February 29, when we’ll convene in Sacramento for this special event. Early bird pricing for CCOF Members ends this Friday, January 29—register now to take advantage of this special pricing. CCOF has also reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. The special rate of $195/night is only good until this Friday, January 29. Reserve your room today so you can be there to help us draft a plan to advance...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, January 25, 2016 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be at the world’s largest annual agricultural show February 9-11, 2016, in Tulare, CA! Come visit us at the 2016 World Ag Expo in Building C at booth 3619! We will be prepared to answer your certification questions and talk organic. This is a “can’t-miss show” for producers, ranchers, and agribusiness professionals, with over 1,500 exhibitors spread out over 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. We look forward to seeing you there!
Written by Tami Weiss on Friday, January 15, 2016 on CCOF, events, State Organic Program

Join CCOF on February 29 in Sacramento for this year’s Annual Meeting and Conference: Blueprint for an Organic World! Help us draft a plan to advance the organic movement and create a world where organic is the norm. The day will begin with the 2016 Annual Meeting and a keynote address from Nikiko Masumoto—a CCOF organic farmer, author, and agrarian artist. The Annual Conference will follow with discussion sessions where we will create a Blueprint for an Organic World. Session 1: Leveling the Playing Field: Updating California’s Organic Law California Central Coast Assemblymember Mark Stone...
Written by Guest Blogger on Friday, January 15, 2016 on CCOF, NOSB


You could call Zea Sonnabend a fixture of the organic movement if she didn’t move around so much—Zea just can’t resist getting involved. Time and time again, she’s been in a small meeting where a volunteer was needed to carry on the work and she felt the urge to step up. Collaborative, sharp, determined to do the right thing with organic, and known for her tenacity, Zea also knows how to relax as a San Francisco Giants season ticket holder. Perhaps it’s team loyalty that keeps her tied to organic strategizing. Take CCOF, for example. Before there was even an office and organic farmers...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, January 4, 2016 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be at this year’s 36th annual EcoFarm Conference! Will you? CCOF staff and members will be participating in several sessions at EcoFarm this year. Take a look at our list of workshops and plenaries involving CCOF members and staff, and come say hello! We’ll also be at the New and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Mixer we’re co-sponsoring on Thursday, January 21 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Get to know the people who provide support to new farmers in the sustainable agriculture landscape. Meet other beginners and connect with resources, and link up with potential partners, landowners, and supporters...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, December 14, 2015 on CCOF


Spread the holiday cheer by giving your favorite farmer or organic enthusiast the newest CCOF gear this season! We just added new hats to the shop to keep the sun out of your eyes in the field. Choose from our black trucker-style hat with a “Support Organic Farmers” patch, or our tan hat with the same slogan embroidered on the cap. Both hats are made in the U.S.A. with organic cotton, so they are gifts you can feel great about giving! If the hats aren't your style, show your support for organic farmers by sewing one of our new “Support Organic Farmers” patches onto your bag, coat, or overalls...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, December 14, 2015 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 on the following dates: Christmas Eve: Thursday, December 24 Christmas Day: Friday, December 25 New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1 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 2015! Happy holidays!

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