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Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 on member news

Amigo Bob is one of the stalwart organizers of the annual EcoFarm conference and a renowned organic farming advisor. He stewards a collection of heirloom perennial fruits—from apples to walnuts—and makes cuttings available through the Felix Gillet Institute. Amigo Bob’s repository of heirloom fruits recently caught the attention of National Geographic, which published a photo essay on the rich genetic diversity he is protecting. The piece focuses on the importance of these locally-adapted species in the face of climate change and increasing drought. 
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, October 22, 2018 on advocacy, general organic, member news

Last week, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 25 members to the reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). Secretary Perdue appointed CCOF members Jeff Huckaby of Cal-Organic Farms, Brian Kirschenmann of Kirschenmann Farms, and Kelly Carl Ely of FreshPoint to the committee. The appointed members will serve two-year terms on the FVIAC. The committee was originally chartered in 2001 to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry. Committee members represent organic and...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 27, 2018 on biodiversity, general organic, member news

I was lucky enough visit Whisky Hill Farms and Blume Distillation this summer. I was blown away by the scope of this 14-acre certified organic farm. Not only are they the largest producer of domestic Turmeric, but they provide answers to the food waste dilemma by producing high grade commercial alcohol. I soon learned that everything that comes from the distillery goes right back into the farm! This is the second of a two-part blog focused on food waste.   Composting in place After learning about the distillery, we came upon a prodigious mound of traditional looking compost, but this one held...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 20, 2018 on biodiversity, general organic, member news


Dave

I’ve been to a lot of farms in my day but have never witnessed one so profoundly bent on creating a closed loop symbiotic system as Whisky Hill Farms. This 14-acre CCOF certified organic farm cultivates tropical plants, heirloom vegetables and biorefined high grade commercial alcohol!   I met David Blume, part innovative farmer and part mad scientist on a midsummer day. I had the opportunity to have my mind blown several times that day touring his farm and distillery.  This is the first of a two-part blog which will focus on food waste and Blume Distillation.  No Such thing as wasteBlume...
Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, December 11, 2017 on member news, policy

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced awards to 12 CCOF-certified organic farms through the CDFA Healthy Soils Program.    The Healthy Soils Program is an incentives program that funds climate-smart farming practices, which are practices that sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Demonstration program recipients will implement conservation practices and convene public events to share outcomes with the community.   For the 2017 grant cycle, CDFA awarded $5.23 million to 86 recipients, including 12 CCOF-certified farms. Awardees will...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, June 27, 2016 on member news

Wendell J. Lundberg, the second eldest of four brothers who built Lundberg Family Farms, a national leader in organic rice and whole grain products, died on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Enloe Hospital in Chico, CA. He was 85 years old. Wendell J. Lundberg was born August 17, 1930 in Holdridge, Nebraska to Albert and Frances Lundberg. In 1937, Wendell and brothers Eldon, Homer and Harlan moved with their parents to Richvale, California. After graduating from Biggs High School in 1948, Wendell attended UC Davis, where he completed a two-year course in agronomy. At Davis he was a founding member of...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 16, 2015 on member news


The Organic Coup

The Organic Coup, America’s first USDA Certified Organic fast food restaurant, certified by CCOF, opened its first location in Pleasanton, California, on Tuesday, November 10. The restaurant serves only organic options, featuring a crispy chicken sandwich. The Organic Coup was created to progress the organic movement and change the way people think about food. The name is Coup, not Coop, because it was hatched to spark a food revolution in which consumers help to transform the conventional food system. “The inspiration for The Organic Coup came from the lack of convenient clean food available...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, July 27, 2015 on member news


Green Smoothies

Organic green smoothie company Green Mustache was founded by a mother who struggled to incorporate more vegetables into her three-year-old’s diet, a challenge faced by many parents. When a routine check-up revealed that her child was lacking vital nutrients, Green Mustache’s founder and CEO VanTrang Manges started hiding dark green veggies in smoothies where the taste could be easily camouflaged. From that point on, Manges built up a business creating smoothies for children—and adults too!Green Mustache has six product offerings that all include two cups of kale and spinach and one serving of...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, May 22, 2015 on grants, member news


Grocery

CCOF certified retailer Whole Foods Market is in the final countdown for selecting recipients of their Small Producer Grant. Small Producer Grant winners will get the opportunity to receive donations as part of Whole Foods Market's "5% Day" on June 10 when 5% of that day's net sales are donated. The national retailer expects to award about $5,000 to 40 local makers through this program. Recipients can use the money to buy ingredients, put a down payment on a delivery vehicle, or develop in any other way they see fit. CCOF is thrilled to see some of our certified organic members among the 60...
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, February 2, 2015 on CCOF, member news

CCOF-certified member Jenny Lester Moffitt of Dixon Ridge Farms has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Legislation and Special Assistant to the Secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment last week. Moffitt has been managing director of Dixon Ridge Farms since 2005 and served on the CCOF Board for over two years. She previously served as an education, outreach and research specialist at the American Farmland Trust and is vice chair of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Moffitt will be a...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, October 27, 2014 on member news, trade

Did you know that as a CCOF member, you are eligible to join the Organic Trade Association (OTA)? And now you can do so at a discounted cost. OTA is now offering Farmstead Membership to small-operation farmers with a gross organic income less than $250,000 a year. If this is YOU then you’ll be eligible for full OTA membership at a discounted price of $50 a year. OTA membership gives organic operations the opportunity to engage the OTA on important organic topics and allows you to stay completely up-to-date on all issues in the organic industry. Read the full press release from OTA.
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, September 29, 2014 on biodiversity, grower, member news


Massa rice house

Massa Organics has had an incredible journey to sustainability. It began shortly after college when Greg Massa and his wife, Racquel Krach, returned to Greg’s family rice farm. They utilized their tropical ecology background to prime themselves for their next venture: organic farming. Massa Organics harvests organic almonds and rice on their 200+ acre span of land and employs a very interesting system of sustainable. In addition to their organic crops, they have introduced an animal element to their farm. In the past, their flock of ducks helped control the weed population in the rice fields...
Written by Sarah Watters on Monday, July 7, 2014 on member news


The Summer 2014 issue of Certified Organic magazine features our take on an organic road trip through Northern California. This time of year is perfect for enjoying the mild temperatures, beautiful natural scenery, and bountiful harvests that Northern California has to offer. With California leading the nation in organic production – more than 20 percent of U.S. organic farms call the Golden State home! – it is only natural that agritourism is growing at a rapid pace statewide. Through agritourism, travelers are exposed to the natural, cultural, historic, and environmental assets of the land...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, June 30, 2014 on chapters, member news

CCOF-certified members in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties recently coordinated their efforts to revitalize the North Coast Chapter. The original chapter disbanded a couple of years back due to a lack of interest. On June 12, they met to solicit nominations for board members, discuss chapter goals, and mingle with one another. The meeting brought forth an eclectic group of members. Andrea Davis’ Quarter Acre Farm blog post that summarized the meeting stated that “wineries, vegetable farms, a meat processor, a coffee roaster, vineyard managements and even an ice cream producer” were in...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, June 23, 2014 on member news

CCOF Business Partner Global Organics Group is an international, integrated life sciences company engaged in the development and manufacturing of organic plant nutrition and natural ionic minerals for human and animal health. For more than 34 years Global Organics’ BioFlora division has been committed to environmental sustainability by preserving ecosystems while providing superior plant nutrient systems. Recently, Global Organics was recognized by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker with the President’s “E” Award for Exports. The prestigious “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S...

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