Blog posts by general organic

Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, December 9, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, food safety, general organic

The National Young Farmers Coalition released a produce safety video entitled “Not Going Viral!” on its YouTube channel earlier this year. The video spotlights several strategies used by small farmers, including Quail Hill Farm and Rock Steady Farm & Flowers, to ensure the wellbeing of their farm and consumers.  The video reviews the different types of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that live on farms. Some are good, even essential, but others are dangerous and can affect consumers’ health. It also discusses how Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to mitigate...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 9, 2019 on food safety, general organic

Developing and implementing food safety plans (required under the Food Safety Modernization Act) can be challenging. Knowledge related to the overall food quality assurance system can enhance the development and implementation of food safety plans by food processors. The goal of this webinar series is to connect concepts and components of food quality assurance programs to food safety. The webinars will be hosted live by Dr. Linda J. Harris, Dr. Erin DiCaprio, and Dr. Luxin Wang from the department of food science and technology at the University of California, Davis. Four webinars will be...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, December 2, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic, help and tips

Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a webinar on December 10 that provides a practical introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), a crop insurance option for diversified organic farms and ranches. In this webinar you will learn what information you need to apply for WFRP, assess if this crop insurance product is right for your farming operation, and learn how the documentation you keep for organic certification can support your application. Crop insurance is just one of many tools to manage the risks of an organic farming business...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, December 2, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


Ignacio Mendoza

Monday, December 2 is the final day to purchase tickets to attend the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit (OGS). If you’re attending OGS, you will not want to be without a seat to this beautiful event.  The California Strawberry Commission recently produced this video about CCOF-certified organic farmer José Mendoza and his family. José’s son Ignacio was the first in his family to attend college, and we are proud to support his education through the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. Ignacio will be joining us as a speaker for the evening, building upon the legacy set forth by...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 2, 2019 on CCOF, general organic, producer

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will mail letters with survey codes this December to more than 22,000 U.S. producers involved in certified or transitioning to certified organic farming for the 2019 Organic Survey. Each producer who self-reported organic farming in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will receive a unique survey code to respond conveniently online and to be represented in this very important, once-every-five-year data. "The latest Census of Agriculture results show continued interest in organic agriculture among consumers, producers, and businesses,” said...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, December 2, 2019 on CCOF, general organic, marketing

Each edition of Certified Organic magazine is packed with up-to-date information for the organic enthusiast, including engaging feature articles, client spotlights, certification news, advocacy updates, events, producer resources/tips, and more. Browse the most recent issue! A $12 annual subscription to Certified Organic includes two beautiful, informative copies of the magazine delivered to your mailbox each year. A subscription is also a great gift for the organic enthusiast in your life, or a yearly gift to your local school’s agricultural program. Visit our store to purchase your...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 25, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, education, events, general organic

Since the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal, there has been a lot of excitement about the growing hemp marketplace. Hemp is an incredibly sustainable crop that builds soil, requires little to no pesticides, and only requires about a third of the water that is used to grow corn. The right varieties of hemp can even offer producers two harvests from one crop—the seed can be processed for oil, and the fiber can be used for textiles and manufacturing. Hemp has the potential to provide a lot of opportunities for growers, processors, the economy, and the environment. Learn more at the...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, November 25, 2019 on education, events, food safety, general organic

The organic community on the Central Coast of California and beyond are gearing up for a fruitful exchange of ideas, contacts, and networking at this year’s Organic Grower’s Summit (OGS), hosted by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network, in Monterey, California on December 4-5, 2019. This year is lining up to be a great one with an action-packed line up of speakers, dinners, and extensive exhibition trade show floor. If you haven’t registered, now is the time to reserve your spot!  CCOF is proud to be a part of this year’s summit, as we are hosting and speaking on multiple panels. Please join...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, November 25, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, food safety, general organic

The Produce Safety Alliance recently added new videos to its  YouTube channel. Some videos offer an introduction to the Produce Safety Alliance and its Grower Training Course, while others provide easy-to-understand explanations to food safety questions like “Why must we monitor the temperature of water used during postharvest handling?” or “What is a biofilm?” Some videos are offered in both English and Spanish. The Produce Safety Alliance’s Grower Training Course fulfills the supervisor training requirement for farms that are required to be in full compliance  with the Food Safety...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, November 25, 2019 on general organic

According to a recently released report by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California’s gross sales revenue from certified organic processed products grew from $11.65 billion in 2017 to $13.17 billion in 2018. These figures show continued growth for the sector, which includes organic products such as cheese, fruit juice, and dried pasta. CDPH, which provides oversight of processed food for the State Organic Program, provides an annual report on the number of organic registrants, annual gross sales, and the amount of each organic processed product type sold.  The report also...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, November 18, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


Ignacio Mendoza

Growing organic agriculture relies on supporting the next generation of organic farmers, and this is your opportunity to learn more about what a future organic farmer’s journey looks like. You’ll be able to meet Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund recipient Ignacio Mendoza when he speaks at the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit on December 4.  Not only is Mendoza the first of his family to attend college, he’s also the first of his family to graduate from high school. A CCOF-certified member, Mendoza grew up helping his father grow organic strawberries on the central coast of...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 18, 2019 on biodiversity, events, general organic


Morales Conservation Tillage

Healthy soils are key to organic farming and reducing soil disturbance is a cornerstone to improving soil health. No-till methods have spread to vegetable production on some small farms, but how can larger acreage be farmed to minimize soil disturbance?  A workshop on December 6 in Watsonville will highlight the conservation low-tillage methods and equipment developed by Israel Morales, voted Organic Farmer of the Year by the Organic Trade Association. Not only does reduced tillage improve soil health, it also saves time between crops, reduces fuel costs, and saves on labor.   The workshop...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, November 18, 2019 on advocacy, general organic, NOP, NOSB, policy

The National Organic Program (NOP) released a final rule amending the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Effective November 22, 2019, the NOP will add two substances to the National List and reclassify magnesium chloride. The rule is based off recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board’s spring 2018 meeting. The final rule expands the use of elemental sulfur in organic crop production by adding it to § 205.601(h) for use as a molluscicide bait to control slugs and snails. Elemental sulfur is already allowed for use as an insecticide, as plant...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic, help and tips

Have you heard conflicting information about how the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) applies to small produce farmers? Has a buyer asked you to be “FSMA Compliant?” Have you heard contradictory information about food safety from different people? Join the CCOF Foundation, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, and the Farmers Guild (CAFF/FG) on November 19 for a webinar that goes over produce growers’ frequently asked questions about FSMA and clears up common myths and misconceptions about small farm food safety.  On-farm food safety is a complicated topic that many small...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


Whiskey West

On Wednesday, December 4, the CCOF Foundation will host its third annual CCOF Foundation Feast benefit dinner at the Organic Grower Summit. All proceeds from this event directly benefit the 501(c)(3) nonprofit programs of the CCOF Foundation, and aside from the wonderful speakers, awarding of the Organic Champion Award, organic menu, and opportunity to hear from a Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund recipient, guests will also enjoy live music by Santa Cruz local band Whiskey West.  Whiskey West plays a mix of positive energy bluegrass and down-home country. Be sure to register yourself for the...

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