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Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, May 2, 2016 on containers & hydroponics, events, funding

CCOF partner organization National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is teaming up with USDA’s Rural Development to present a free webinar on Friday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT that explains Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) in depth and presents tips on how to successfully apply. VAPG provide funds to individual agricultural producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and other producer groups to develop marketing plans or acquire working capital for a value-added enterprise. “Value-added” refers to an agricultural commodity that has increased in value due to processing,...
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, April 11, 2016 on events, food safety

The event is sponsored by: Today is the last day to register for the Food Safety Workshop in Ojai–register now! With the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations rolling out and retailers increasingly demanding food safety plans, now is the time to focus on updating or creating a food safety plan that is in alignment with organic regulations. Join CCOF’s workshop in Ojai this Friday to learn more and get your questions answered. The Field-Level Introduction to Food Safety Workshop is aimed at helping producers better understand the components of field-level food safety plans....
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 11, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, events, get certification help, grower

Interested in going organic, but don’t know where to start? Organic certification is simpler than you think. Join CCOF, Lundberg Family Farms, and the Mushroom Farm in Pescadero, California for a workshop on what it takes to go organic. The workshop will help assess how close your operation is to being organic and will detail the steps necessary to transition towards certification. You will come away understanding the tenets of organic certification. Organic growers and advisors will answer questions about farming organically. The workshop will include a presentation from CCOF staff about the...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, April 4, 2016 on advocacy, events, policy, State Organic Program

CCOF invites you to join an informational webinar on AB 1826—The California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA)—a bill introduced by California Assemblymember Mark Stone to level the playing field for California’s organic producers and update the role of the State Organic Program. CCOF’s Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo, Policy Director Kelly Damewood, and guest presenters will be available to answer your questions about AB 1826 during a free webinar on Tuesday, April 12, from 10-11 a.m. PDT. Participants will learn about the bill and CCOF’s strategy to pass it. Plus, find out what you can...
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 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 Meaghan Donovan on Monday, March 7, 2016 on events

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District, in collaboration with the Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner, is hosting a workshop that focuses on the regulations of and resources for organic production in Shasta County. CCOF will be there! Join us and other speakers, including: Mike Darrow, Agricultural & Standards Investigator at the Shasta County Department of Agriculture, will review the regulatory requirements associated with using pesticides approved for organic operations. Peter Bonkrude, District Manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District, will introduce...
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 Laura Mathias on Friday, February 12, 2016 on events

Earth Day Food & Wine delivers a top-quality food and wine experience paired with a casual, low-key atmosphere, all while celebrating the passionate people behind the sustainable food movement. Nestled under the oaks at Castoro Cellars in Templeton, California on April 23, the event pairs farmers with local chefs: together they present a one-of-a-kind dish!  This event is still looking for farmer partners from the Paso Robles area. Interested? Here are the details:  Farmers and producers donate product for local chefs to use in a dish. The farmer is recognized on event signage and website...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, February 12, 2016 on events

With the support of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation is hosting a Go Organic Seminar for industrial hemp farmers and CCOF will be there! Join us and other industry speakers, including: John Roulac, Founder and CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods Adam Watson, Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, in a session on organic growing methods Dan Kittredge, Founder of Bionutrient Food Association, a national association of voting members who agree to...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Friday, February 12, 2016 on events

A conference on biocontrols will be held March 3-4 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey in Monterey, California. Hosted by Meister Media Worldwide and the Biopesticide Industry Alliance, the Bio Controls USA 2016 Conference and Expo is geared toward growers, Pest Control Advisors (PCAs), and Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs). During the conference, industry experts will offer hands-on educational sessions on the use of biocontrols in agriculture. Conference attendees can earn continuing education credits for PCAs, CCAs, and other state education programs. The extensive exhibit hall offers attendees the...
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 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...

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