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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...
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 Kelly Damewood on Monday, January 11, 2016 on advocacy, events, fees, policy, State Organic Program

Join CCOF at EcoFarm as we kick off our campaign to pass the Organic Farming Act—an act to end outdated State Organic Program fees and paperwork! California Central Coast Assemblymember Mark Stone will introduce the Organic Farming Act to update California’s state organic law. The Organic Farming Act will end unfair, duplicative, and outdated fees and paperwork while also creating a new framework for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to support organic agriculture. To pass the Organic Farming Act, we need your help at two critical EcoFarm events. Attend the California...
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,...
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 Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 7, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, events

Join us for California FarmLink and CCOF’s Organic Elders and the Next Generation: Planning for Succession Conference An EcoFarm Pre-Conference: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA In 2016 California FarmLink and CCOF are launching the Organic Elders and the Next Generation Project. Together with organic industry partners, our organizations are planning a multi-year campaign to create farmland and business succession strategies for the agrarian elder-founders of California's organic agriculture movement, while also helping young...

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