Blog posts by Adrian Fischer

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...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic


CCOF is deeply concerned about the impact the fires are having on many of our members in Northern California. In response to this devastating tragedy that has taken too many lives, homes, acres, and decades’ worth of work and devotion, CCOF is taking measures to help affected members.    CCOF is extending all organic compliance deadlines for operations in the Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties North Coast, recognizing that power outages and fire damage will affect immediate business operations for some days, weeks, or longer. We will reschedule inspections as needed. If you are affected...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 9, 2017 on CCOF, general organic

CCOF members overwhelmingly approved important updates and revisions to the CCOF organizational bylaws.   We would like to thank those who participated in CCOF’s recent bylaws amendment vote! 500 operations participated in this election, and 89 percent of voters approved the updates. Member participation in this process demonstrated commitment to the future of CCOF and how central our members are to the unique character and democratic structure of CCOF.    As a member-driven organization, producer voices guide and govern CCOF and ensure the organization accomplishes our mission to advance...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, May 8, 2017 on chapters, general organic

Spring is a time of year that brings the joy of life to the forefront for all of us who work in agriculture. The CCOF Chapters have been buzzing with spring activity over the last month and two chapters conducted elections.    On April 6, the Pacific Southwest Chapter held a meeting in Escondido. Eric Larson, executive of the San Diego Farm Bureau, gave a presentation on important issues facing the farming community, such as the regional Water Board Agricultural Order and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, as well as issues concerning labor and immigrant worker rights. The chapter also...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, March 6, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, events

CCOF hosted over 200 participants at our Annual Meeting and Conference, in Visalia, California on February 9 and 10. Conference attendees, representing a broad spectrum of the organic community, gathered to hear about innovations and inspiration in the organic sector. Keynote speaker Gary Hirshberg gave an insightful speech about the are new opportunities for organic posed by this moment in our country’s history. He called upon those in the room to join with the larger organic community to champion organic with a unified voice. “Organic is about building the next generation of hope,” he said...