Blog posts by CCOF Foundation

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, March 1, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, education


collaboration

In my last blog, Delegating Responsibilities to Lighten Your Workload, I discussed strategies for handing off tasks to employees to allow for personal time or exciting work projects.With my extra time, I like to cultivate creative collaborations with other food businesses. These mutually beneficial relationships increase marketing exposure and income for both businesses.Typically, these collaborations arise organically. For instance, I have excess blueberries, and a fellow business owner who I know from the farmers' market makes a product that can utilize blueberries.Benefits of...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, February 22, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers


David Robles

Last Thursday, February 18, CCOF held its first fully virtual annual meeting, Cultivate and Nourish. While we look forward to being together again soon, holding this event virtually allowed for unprecedented attendance and participation. Farmers, ranchers, and producers who typically lack time to attend conferences were able to log in from the comfort of their homes and hear directly from CCOF’s CEO Kelly Damewood and CCOF Board Chair Phil LaRocca.David Robles, program manager for food justice organization Food, What?! and former participant in CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Famer program,...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, February 22, 2021 on CCOF Foundation


Rustic Canyon Family

PHOTO: Josh Loeb & Zoe Nathan, by Rick PoonThe CCOF Foundation is thrilled to announce its newest Visionary-level supporter, the Rustic Canyon Family. This independent restaurant group in Santa Monica, California, features a variety of neighborhood dining destinations in partnership with talented and award-winning leaders in food and wine. Learn more about the family at their website.  Since the 2006 opening of farmers’-market-driven and Michelin-starred Rustic Canyon, the family has expanded to include Huckleberry Bakery & Café, Sweet Rose Creamery, Milo & Olive, Cassia, Esters...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, education, organic training institute


CCOF now has a YouTube channel! If you are curious to learn how to run a socially distanced drive-through farm stand, get the latest on sustainable produce packaging, or find out what it takes for an organic farmer to get certified as Biodynamic, search no further than CCOF’s YouTube channel.The channel hosts all of the CCOF Foundation’s previous webinars, including topics on organic recordkeeping, food safety for produce growers, and farm business management.Subscribe to the channel to get the latest information on timely topics for organic producers.
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, February 8, 2021 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events


AC 2021

CCOF invites you to enjoy a meal of farmer and poet David Robles’ Enchiladas Placeras at our upcoming annual conference Cultivate & Nourish! Get the recipe and follow along below to learn how David cooks the enchiladas.At Cultivate & Nourish, Robles will join us live from the kitchen and share how the organic family can rebuild our food system for an equitable and healthy future while he creates an organic meal to nourish the body and soul.Register today to join the conversation on February 18!Robles is a passionate young leader in organic farming whose inspiration and drive will...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, February 8, 2021 on CCOF Foundation

In my last blog article, Striking a Balance: A Recipe to Become a Happier Farmer, I wrote in depth about how I reflect on the past season in an effort to make time for personal activities, improve my business, and keep my interest and passion in farming. This week, we take a closer look at staffing and how to delegate responsibilities to lighten your workload.As your business grows, so do your responsibilities. During your first year of farming, you likely fulfilled every role­: business planner, farm laborer, marketer, and administrator. This makes sense when you start small and are getting...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, January 25, 2021 on CCOF Foundation

In my last blog post, "Reflect, Refine, and Refresh for a Long Farming Career," I talked about the importance of setting boundaries between farming and personal life to sustain a farming business over the long haul. This week, I’ll go into more depth on how I reflect on the past season to make time for personal activities, improve my business, and maintain my passion for farming.A simple way to do this is to grab a piece of paper and a pen and list what did work over the past farming season and what didn't.Nothing is too little or too odd to add to the list. The point is to have all of your...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, January 11, 2021 on CCOF Foundation

I don’t know about you, but, like most of my farmer friends, I’m looking forward to a winter break where production naturally slows or stops and the constant farm workload is reduced. As farmers, we juggle so much. There typically isn’t any time or energy left for thinking about how we could have done better until winter provides us the opportunity. One thing I love about farming is that every year there is an opportunity to make changes and redesign my business. Not many other professions allow for such creativity and challenge. At the end of the season, I reflect on how I feel about farming...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, December 7, 2020 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


Gather

Join the CCOF family for a special viewing of Gather this Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. PST. Director Sanjay Rawal has generously donated his time to participate in a live Q&A session that will take place after the film screening. Gather is a timely portrait of the growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food sovereignty.  Gather follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona) opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, December 7, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, general organic


FAFO

In the age of information, consumers want to know where their food comes from. Was it grown locally? How long did it take to travel to my plate? How much fuel was used in its transport? As the internet and technological advances make it easier for consumers to find information, organic businesses and producers are becoming even more transparent about their supply chain. This helps maintain their customer base of ecologically minded, conscious consumers who want to be part of the solution to many of the problems facing our world.  Organic Valley Co-op (who, like CCOF, partnered with the USDA...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, December 7, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic

Australia is no stranger to the devastation wildfires wreak upon the communities and natural habitats in their wake. With this year so full of unexpected twists and turns, many of us need to be reminded that 2020 started off with devastating fires that engulfed the Australian countryside. Our friends and organic colleagues in Australia endured months with no access to water. Communities lost years' worth of work and belongings that cannot be replaced. And yet, despite all the loss, when fires devastated the West Coast of the United States, our fellow food producers in Australian called us and...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, November 23, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, general organic


Moua

When Ge Moua and her family purchased their first plot of land in August of last year, they never could have foreseen the challenges 2020 would bring. Owning their own land was supposed to bring them stability after a decade of farming organically on leased plots that were continually sold to developers, causing the Mouas to start over again each time. Seven months after becoming landowners, however, the coronavirus pandemic shuttered farmers’ markets in Sacramento, where the Mouas sell their produce and make the majority of their sales.  The Mouas owed $3,149 in property taxes that were due...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, November 23, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, general organic

Tanimura & Antle is leading the way in setting an industry standard for housing by providing modern, quality housing for its farmworker staff. In California, housing is an issue for all industries. Many high-end tech companies are investing heavily in housing to attract and retain a skilled workforce. Farmworkers, one of the most overlooked highly skilled workforces in our nation, could benefit from similar benefits. Without the ability to pick produce “remotely,” farmworkers will always need to live near the land where they work. And, without significant investment from their employers,...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, November 16, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic, transition

You still have one week to apply for a $5,000 boost for your organic transition! It can be challenging to transition to certified organic, and we don’t expect farmers to do it alone. That’s why we’ve partnered with Anheuser-Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program to provide financial support to growers during the critical phase of becoming organic.  Want to take your farm forward and transition to organic? Maybe you’re already practicing organic methods and need that final incentive to get certified. Now is your chance to lessen the financial challenge of...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, November 16, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, general organic


sunview

Many of us who spend hours reviewing food labels and packaging can agree upon one thing: there are a lot of words associated with food right now.  We’ve heard it for years. Words like “natural,” “fresh,” or “real” have flooded the food marketplace, leaving consumers anywhere from curious to confused. What is the difference between “natural” and made with “natural ingredients”? Why would one buy a local product versus a low-sodium product? The questions are endless and the answers, elusive. The word “sustainable” is likewise causing confusion as more brands become use it to appeal to growing...

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