Blog posts by CCOF Foundation

Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 16, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


This is the second year that I received a Future Organic Farmer Grant for my National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) to raise organic market swine. I plan to buy a hog and enough organic feed to last me the length of my project, which is from March to July. I will go to any swine educations meetings my FFA offers and work with my teachers to learn more about organic agriculture, so I can expand my organic SAE.   Congratulations Laila!   Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 9, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


My FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) will be selling organic heirloom starts—including numerous varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, basil, and others—to people in our area, as an alternative to what is commercially sold to consumers at large national retailers. However, I need a complete greenhouse for my SAE. Our farm has everything in place for one: electricity, water, and frames. I only need to install plastic, end walls, and build tables for seed trays. With a completed greenhouse I will be able to get seeds in soil well before the last...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 2, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I live on a small organic dairy farm and own a herd of 150 Red and White Holstein dairy cows and heifers. After a financially difficult year of transitioning to organic, my farm became officially certified organic on May 1, 2017.  In 2016, my farm was only milking 20 dairy cows, however, my herd has rapidly increased and I am now milking 70 cows. I want to put an organic pest management program in place to control the fly population on my farm, however, I cannot do so without financial assistance. The severe fly problem resulted in pinkeye which caused eye damage and blindness in my dairy...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, June 25, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I plan to grow organic plants such as mint, lavender, and chamomile. I will then cut and dry the plants when they are ready for harvest. Once they are dry, I will make them into tea and aromatherapy bags that will then be sold at a local shop or farmers’ markets. I will start by planting in a greenhouse, and then I would like to work my way up to one acre of organic crops. I will need to research the process of becoming certified organic as I know this is a lengthy process. I will create a business plan and seek the advice of other people in the organic sector.   Congratulations Morgan!  ...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, June 18, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I plan to grow a successful flock of organic egg-producing chickens that will be sustained through my final years of high school. I will begin with chicks that will produce eggs in the early summer. With this grant, I will be able to buy organic chicken feed, restore the partially damaged school coop and run, and build a transportable coop that will hold the chickens during summer break. I then plan to sell the organic eggs. By restoring and maintaining the coop, the flock will be sustainable and prosperous for my upperclassman years and future FFA chapter members. Congratulations Aubrey!...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, June 11, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic, grower, handler, help and tips, standards

New U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop insurance programs have expanded risk management options for organic farmers and ranchers. Are you curious to know what programs might be a good fit for your operation?    Join the CCOF Foundation and California FarmLink on June 19 for a webinar that reviews the basics of the Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Learn the application requirements and key deadlines for both programs, as well as how the programs meet the needs of organic farmers and ranchers.    Speakers include...
Written by Lulu Garcia on Monday, June 11, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


My FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) plan is to purchase breeding hens and roosters from an NPIP certified local breeder to start my own organic hatchery. I plan to purchase eighteen hens and three roosters. There will be three breeds, each covering a variety of poultry most in demand while remaining a heritage breed. Each month I will take orders for chicks, deliver, and hatch the orders from the previous month. I will adhere to USDA organic standards. I also plan to free range all poultry to ensure the highest quality of life.    Congratulations Kendall!   Please join us in...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, June 4, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


My vision is to continue my organic FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) from last year by purchasing a buck Angora rabbit of my own. I will also expand my SAE by utilizing my currently unused rabbit manure and turning it into valuable organic compost to sell to Alaskan gardeners, giving my business another source of income. I will continue to harvest highly desirable organic fiber from organically fed rabbits, and I will use organic, natural, and eco-friendly dyes on the harvested fiber, never harsh chemical dyes. I am already skilled in the fiber arts, and I will improve those...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

Awe Sum Organics is an importer of organic produce from growers in the Southern Hemisphere. We specialize in the import of apples, kiwifruit, pears, grapes, citrus, and blueberries from countries such as New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Awe Sum Organics has been owned and operated in Santa Cruz, California since our founding in 1985.    Company President David Posner began selling organic produce at the inception of the organic movement, and since then Awe Sum Organics has been instrumental in establishing supply channels with organic produce growers in the Southern Hemisphere. As Awe...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 28, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


My plan for my FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project is to expand my organic beef herd. I now have two bred cows and two six-month-old calves, which run with my father's organic beef. I want to purchase a registered Black Angus bull to breed my Hereford cattle, which will give me the benefit of heterosis as I work towards an all crossbred commercial organic herd. My cattle are on grass all summer with salt and mineral blocks. They get certified organic ground corn and corn silage in the winter from an organic crop farm thirty miles away. Our farm is all organic and all pasture...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 21, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

CCOF and the CCOF Foundation are cornerstones of Wild Roots Market. Back in the 1990s, our owners and management team realized that if we wanted to continue to provide our customers with the most wholesome, organic, and locally sourced foods available, we needed to partner with CCOF. CCOF’s commitment to the organic movement and certification services allowed Wild Roots (formerly New Leaf) to become the first certified organic retailer in the United States in the year 2000.    By providing input on the organic standards adopted by the USDA and by certifying farmers, suppliers, and retailers...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 21, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I plan to begin an FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project raising organic vegetables. I work for a produce grower who attends farmers’ markets and I have seen how well organically produced vegetables sell. I selected a 100'x60' area at my parent's home for my organic garden. I know a lot about growing vegetables because of my employment and they have agreed to let me sell my produce at their seven farmers’ market locations. I will continue to gain farming experience by working with my current employer and I will have the support of my FFA advisor and grandparents, all of which...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 14, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, farmers markets, general organic, organic market


Are your customers confused about what organic means? Order a complimentary batch of the 2018 “Why Buy Certified Organic?” postcards today! The cards include information for consumers about what organic means and why it’s important to buy organic products.   In 2017, Fresno Commons, “a for-profit corporation and non-profit land trust, working to grow vibrant, community-owned local food system in the Fresno and San Joaquin Valley,” ordered cards to include in their CSA boxes to help educate their customers about the benefits of buying organic.    The CCOF Foundation sends thousands of “Why Buy...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 14, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


For Sierra Torres, growing up in a single parent household in New Orleans, a city where fresh food was not always accessible, it was not uncommon for the only vegetables on her family’s plates to be canned. Even though Torres has many fond childhood memories of her mother taking her out to her garden where she grew an assortment of flowers, herbs, and vegetables traditional to our home, it didn’t change the fact that, with her mother working long shifts at the hospital, there was little time and money to cook healthy meals with fresh vegetables. Yet this never stopped Torres from wanting to...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic

Join the CCOF Foundation this spring for a series of webinars geared toward the financial side of farming.   In our first webinar, Financial Planning 101 on May 23, Brett Melone from California FarmLink will delve into the details of cash flow management, business structures, and risk management tools to assist farmers in cultivating a financially sound farm business.   Our second webinar, Accessing Crop Insurance on June 19, explores new crop insurance options available to organic and diversified farms. Combined with the financial tools presented in the first webinar, crop insurance can help...

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