Blog posts by Adrian Fischer

Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, August 13, 2018 on CCOF, chapters

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new leaders of the CCOF Mexico Chapter: Board Representative Esteban Macias of Grupo U, President Sergio Salgado Vidal of Viñas del Sol S.A. de C.V., Vice President Paola A. Guerrero of San Jose y Su Agricultura, Treasurer Mariana Perez of Red Sun Farms, and Secretary Juan Escalante of Nature Sweet Bright/House Organics Invernaderos. We would also like to thank Ed Morales and Lois Christie for their time and effort over the last few years as chapter leaders.   Why does chapter leadership matter? CCOF is a member-based organization made up of 15...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on chapters

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new CCOF Big Valley Chapter President Kathleen Schwallie of Blue Egg Farm, new Chapter Vice President Alli Cecchini of First Generation Farmers, and new Chapter Board Representative Chad Crivelli of Live Oak Dairy. We would also like to thank Brad Samuelson, Bill Thompson, and John Lagier for their years of dedication and continuing support.  Why does chapter leadership matter? CCOF is a member-based organization made up of 15 chapters. Chapters are the primary way that our members convey their issues and suggestions to CCOF. The 15 CCOF chapters...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, July 23, 2018 on chapters

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new CCOF Central Coast Chapter President Javier Zamora of JSM Organics and new Chapter Secretary Lori Fiorovich of Crystal Bay Farms. We would also like to thank re-elected leaders, Toby Garrone of Far West Fungi, vice president; Christine Coke of Coke Farms, treasurer; and Grant Brians of Heirloom Organic Gardens as board representative.  Why does chapter leadership matter? CCOF is a member-based organization made up of 15 chapters. Chapters are the primary way that our members convey their issues and suggestions to CCOF. The 15 CCOF chapters...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, June 18, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, chapters, events

The CCOF Big Valley Chapter (BV Chapter) election voting period is open until Thursday, June 28. If you are part of the BV Chapter, make sure your voice is heard!   Your vote is vital to the member-driven democratic process of electing CCOF leadership.  The CCOF Chapter Bylaws require a 10 percent quorum of chapter members for election purposes. The Big Valley Chapter currently has 189 members, which means we need 19 votes to fulfill a quorum.  A simple majority ratifies a vote.   Vote online today!   Who is Eligible to Vote?   All currently-certified Big Valley chapter members are eligible...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, June 11, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, chapters, events

The CCOF Central Coast Chapter (CC Chapter) election voting period is open until Friday, June 15. If you are part of the CC Chapter, make sure your voice is heard!   Your vote is vital to the member-driven democratic process of electing CCOF leadership.    Vote online today!   Why Vote?   The primary purpose of the CCOF chapter system is to ensure that CCOF members are represented at the governance level of the organization. The 14 current chapters form a representative democracy that elects the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors that governs CCOF, Inc., the umbrella organization for CCOF...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, April 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, chapters, general organic

On April 10, 33 members of the CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter met at the Fallbrook Public Library.    The CCOF chapters’ primary purpose is to ensure that CCOF members are represented at the governance level of the organization. The 14 current chapters form a representative democracy that elects the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors that governs CCOF. CCOF chapters also offer unique opportunities to network and strengthen organic businesses with educational programming and advocacy efforts for the organic sector.   The CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter’s current leadership is Karen Archipley,...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, April 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, chapters, general organic

On April 12, 23 members of the CCOF Fresno-Tulare Chapter met at the Ag One Conference room at California State University, Fresno.    The CCOF chapters’ primary purpose is to ensure that CCOF members are represented at the governance level of the organization. The 14 current chapters form a representative democracy that elects the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors that governs CCOF. CCOF chapters also offer unique opportunities to network and strengthen organic businesses with educational programming and advocacy efforts for the organic sector.   Fresno-Tulare Chapter’s current leadership is...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events


PHOTO: Darrell Wood   We’re still buzzing with inspiration following our CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference in Sacramento on February 23. This year, 175 attendees joined us to explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. Pennsylvania State University Agricultural Economist Dr. Edward Jaenicke’s research on organic hotspots provided inspiration for the discussion at the conference.     The day of the event began with CCOF’s Annual Meeting, where CCOF Board Chairman Phil...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, February 12, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation


Join Darrell Wood from Panorama Meats at our Organic Hotspots Conference on February 22-23, 2018, in Sacramento, California. The event will explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. We will hear the stories of organic leaders who have contributed to economic revitalization through organic in rural areas, and from those who have seen the impacts first-hand on their businesses and communities. For more information and event registration, visit www.ccof.org/2018-event.  ...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, events

Sacramento, February 22-23 Join California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) President Jamie Johansson and CCOF at our Organic Hotspots Conference on February 22-23, 2018, in Sacramento, California. The event will explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. We will hear the stories of organic leaders who have contributed to economic revitalization through organic in rural areas, and from those who have seen the impacts first-hand on their businesses and communities. Learn...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, January 29, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, events


Sacramento, February 22-23   Join A.G. Kawamura and CCOF at our Organic Hotspots Conference on February 22-23, 2018, in Sacramento, California. This event is open to the public and registration information can be found at www.ccof.org/2018-event.   Kawamura is a third generation produce grower and shipper and co-owner of CCOF-certified Orange County Produce, LLC. From 2003 to 2010, Kawamura served as the secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He is the founding chairman of Solutions for Urban Agriculture (SFUA). For over 30 years, Kawamura has pursued a lifelong goal...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, January 22, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, events, general organic, grower, handler

Sacramento, February 22-23 Join CCOF at the Organic Hotspots conference on February 22-23, 2018, in Sacramento. This event is open to the public and registration information can be found at www.ccof.org/2018-event.   The Organic Hotspot study recently conducted by Penn State Agricultural Economist Dr. Edward Jaenicke demonstrated conclusively that median household incomes increase and poverty rates decrease as a direct result of organic food and crop production by county, especially when organic businesses exist in clusters, or “hotspots.”   The conference will feature keynote speaker Glenda...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 23, 2017 on CCOF, financial assistance, general organic

CCOF is terribly saddened by the extensive and profound ways in which thousands of people have been affected by the fires. We are also inspired by the overwhelming compassion, community effort, and solidarity in the face of such adversity.  While we are working one-on-one with many affected CCOF clients—some of whom are experiencing severe to total losses—our hope for recovery continues to strengthen as we are also getting an incredible wave of people who are looking to help their fellow growers, producers, and ranchers.     CCOF wants to continue serving as a communication hub for folks to...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 16, 2017 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, general organic

Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2017.   All certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. California State Organic Program registration fees are also eligible for refunding!    CCOF has made it easy to apply with cost share forms and instructions and a checklist to mark your...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 16, 2017 on CCOF, general organic

CCOF regrets to announce the passing of Henry “Hank” Sharp who was a on the CCOF Board of Directors for five years and a devoted advocate for organic. He hosted many annual dinners for the South Coast Chapter at his home. While, as his wife Harriet writes, “we have only half an acre but the real work was in the promotion of organic.” Hank was an inspiration to fellow CCOF members including Allen Harthorn who credits him with “becoming a board member and sticking with the Board Rep position.” We extend our deepest condolences to Harriet and the Sharp family as well as heartfelt gratitude for...

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