Blog posts by Tami Weiss

Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, April 11, 2016 on events, food safety

The event is sponsored by: Today is the last day to register for the Food Safety Workshop in Ojai–register now! With the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations rolling out and retailers increasingly demanding food safety plans, now is the time to focus on updating or creating a food safety plan that is in alignment with organic regulations. Join CCOF’s workshop in Ojai this Friday to learn more and get your questions answered. The Field-Level Introduction to Food Safety Workshop is aimed at helping producers better understand the components of field-level food safety plans....
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, March 21, 2016 on education, events, food safety

Reserve your spot today for this two-day organic food safety training! This course is designed for organic growers and produce handlers who are new to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards, staff members who need training in food safety, and organic professionals who need to update and improve their food safety program and/or documentation. The two-day workshop will prepare you for the new GFSI-benchmarked food safety certification offered by CCOF. The training will utilize the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standards and the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS)...
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, March 14, 2016 on CCOF, events, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, State Organic Program


On February 29, over 170 organic farmers, producers, policy makers, researchers, and business leaders came together in Sacramento to discuss the future of organic at CCOF’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference. At the Annual Meeting, keynote speaker Nikiko Masumoto set the tone for the day with an inspiring talk about being a second generation farmer. The Blueprint for an Organic World conference followed, with discussions on the future of organic, including the California Organic Food and Farming Act, soil health and climate change, organic research needs, and the importance of investing in...
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 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 Tami Weiss on Monday, November 2, 2015 on CCOF, events

Register now for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference on February 29 in Sacramento! The day will begin with the 2016 Annual Meeting and a keynote address from Nikiko Masumoto—a CCOF member who is an organic farmer, author, and agrarian artist. During the conference following the meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a series of discussion sessions where we will work together to create a blueprint for an organic world. The discussion sessions will address soil and climate change, organic research priorities, organic transition, and legislation to end unfair fees under California’...
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, August 3, 2015 on food safety

Now is a great time to start thinking about your food safety plan! These two-day workshops will utilize the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standards and the Produce Safety Standard (PSS) for North American suppliers, i.e., the Harmonized Standards. Through lecture, individualized instruction, sample documents, and small group activities, you will learn about the key elements in a food safety plan, how to create the documents necessary for a food safety plan, and how to successfully host a food safety audit. Join us at one of three trainings this year:Bakersfield, CA – September 9-10 2015Stockton, CA –...
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, March 23, 2015 on CCOF, events, genetic engineering


Over 2,700 companies exhibited at this year’s Natural Products Expo West. CCOF-certified members were well represented. For instance, on the main floor you could start the morning off with some tea from Traditional Medicinals, wander over to the Lundberg booth for rice cakes, stop at Straus for some cheese to put on that rice cake, wash everything down with a new yerba mate drink from Guayaki, and finish up with one of the new flavors of Three Twins ice cream. Those were just the companies close to the CCOF booth! Happy Family, 18 Rabbits, Valley Fig Growers, Hilary’s Eat Well, Otis...