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Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 3, 2017 on education, general organic, policy

Applications for California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA), are now being accepted until August 11, 2017. GEELA honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated voluntary contributions in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state’s economy.   Projects/programs must fall into one of five categories and subcategories: Climate change Ecosystem and land use stewardship Environmental education Sustainable...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, June 19, 2017 on education, farmers markets

Are your customers confused about what “certified organic” means and why it’s important? CCOF’s popular Why Buy Certified Organic? cards will help educate your customers. Consumers are increasingly conscious about the quality and origins of the food they purchase. However in today’s market, with so many choices, it can be challenging to make informed decisions. These cards explain what “certified organic” means, and name the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. This campaign prints annually and distributes tens of thousands of postcards at farmers’ markets and supermarkets. Plus, each...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, June 5, 2017 on advocacy, education, general organic, policy

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) held its annual Organic Week in Washington D.C. last month. Each year, the week includes events including the Organic Center’s Organic Confluences summit and OTA’s Policy Conference and Advocacy Day. CCOF member Dieter Schellenberg of Schellenberg Farms and other CCOF-certified producers attended Organic Week this year to share their organic farmer-perspective with their elected representatives.   At the conference, OTA released the results of their latest Organic Industry Survey. In 2016, the organic sector continued its upward climb. Organic sales in the...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, May 22, 2017 on education, events, general organic, grower, handler


The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 13-14, 2017 at the Monterey Hyatt in Monterey, California is bringing together organic growers, farmers, and producers for two days of education, information, and networking with their production, supply chain, and support service providers.    OGS Exhibitors will represent the following industries:  Organic production Service and supply chain management Seed Packaging Soil amendments Food safety Equipment/machinery Crop protection Ag technology   The OGS audience and attendees will include:  Organic growers and farmers Field production...
Written by Zea Sonnabend on Monday, May 15, 2017 on education, grower, help and tips, pests and pesticides

Spring is the time to anticipate pest problems that may emerge with the warmer weather of summer. It is a good time to remember what to look out for and to take some preventative steps to keep ahead of the pests. After the very wet winter in California, we might be about to experience an abundance of some of these pests, as well as invasive plants.   Because in California we grow so many crops over such a long season, there are always pests of concern.  Some pests are already under quarantine in certain regions, while other species are not quarantined but are worth preparing for. This blog...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 8, 2017 on education, FOFGF FFA, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


Interested in teaching or pursuing a career in organic agriculture? Apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant! Are you a certified K-8 teacher in the United States interested in bringing organic agriculture into your classroom? If so, please apply for one of our $1,000 Look at Agriculture…Organically! grants for organic education. Find the application details on the California Ag in the Classroom website. Applications close May 15, 2017. Studying organic agriculture in a junior college, undergraduate or in a vocational training program? Apply for one of our $2,500 vocational higher education...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, May 8, 2017 on education, farmers markets, general organic


Postcards

CCOF's free "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are still available! This informational card will help educate consumers about what "certified organic" really means. Your customers will walk away knowing the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Cards come in packets of 50, limit two packets per order. Order your cards today! If you have questions, please call or email the CCOF Foundation at (831) 346-6322 or ccoffoundation@ccof.org. 
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, May 8, 2017 on advocacy, education, events, grower, handler, water

One year after California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross led a delegation to Israel on a California Climate-Smart Agriculture Policy Mission, CDFA and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a forum on water and agriculture. The forum will be held at the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on May 25, 2017. The agenda includes a full day of discussion from Israeli and Californian officials and researchers speaking on water and agriculture issues. Registration for the forum costs $40 and includes lunch. The forum will cover...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, April 17, 2017 on education, events, grower, handler


To Our New Partners at CCOF, We hope you saw the recent media coverage announcing the first-ever Organic Grower Summit, an informative and engaging event designed to bring together producers of organic fresh food with service and supply partners coming this December to Monterey, California. Hosted by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network (OPN), the Organic Grower Summit will feature organic growers, producers, and handlers from fresh produce, dairy, meat, and grain sectors connecting with service providers, packaging and technology companies, equipment manufacturers, and other companies...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, April 10, 2017 on education, events, grower, handler


Powered by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and CCOF, the Organic Grower Summit is connecting organic growers and producers with supply chain and service providers. Join us December 13-14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. For two days in Monterey, organic growers, producers, and processors will gather for information, education, and networking with the entire organic production supply chain. If you’re a supplier, service provider, equipment manufacturer, packaging company, or technology company, you won’t want to miss your customers at this event.  Sponsorship Opportunities OGS...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, February 27, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, food safety

On Monday, produce growers from across Northern California gathered in Sacramento for a workshop on on-farm food safety. Taught by Atina Diffley—organic farmer and author of the book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works—workshop participants put together action plans to address food safety on their individual operations. In building their plans, growers considered market needs, as well as the new federal food safety regulations. Particularly relevant to organic farmers, participants used maps of their farms to conduct field and land use risk assessments so they can balance on-farm...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 22, 2016 on education, events, livestock

Join CCOF to hear about the costs and benefits of organic certification at the Holistic Management International’s (HMI) Cultivating Community conference in Paicines, California, on October 16. The conference will offer thought-provoking presentations, on-the-ranch learning, unforgettable landscapes, and local, nutritious food. Some of the many topics include: Harnessing the power of livestock through holistic planned grazing; How holistic management benefits our agricultural entrepreneurs; and How to create profit in any business. Val Davis, CCOF’s farm program manager, will talk about how...
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, March 21, 2016 on education, events, food safety

Reserve your spot today for this two-day organic food safety training! This course is designed for organic growers and produce handlers who are new to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards, staff members who need training in food safety, and organic professionals who need to update and improve their food safety program and/or documentation. The two-day workshop will prepare you for the new GFSI-benchmarked food safety certification offered by CCOF. The training will utilize the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standards and the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS)...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, February 1, 2016 on education, events

Join farmer-educator Christof Bernau from the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday, February 24, from 12-1 p.m. for a free webinar on farm-based experiential education. Bernau will discuss ways to use an array of strategies to engage your audience; build student, intern and apprentice capacity; and grow the next generation of farmers. Drawing on 20 years of experience in farmer education, Bernau will talk about best practices and strategies to optimize farm-based agricultural learning. He will provide an overall view of the revised CASFS...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, January 11, 2016 on education, events, future organic farmers


Many organic farmers will retire in the next 10 years and are struggling with the questions: “How can I retire and how will I pass my knowledge to the next generation?” At the same time, young farmers are asking, “How can I get started, and build on what the elders have accomplished?” We invite farmers of all generations to join California FarmLink, CCOF, and organic industry partners to explore options and learn about farmland and business succession strategies. In the morning, farmers and stakeholders will gather to share and discuss key succession issues and challenges, transition needs,...

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