From Field to Forum

Written by Jessy Beckett on Monday, August 3, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


Sean Beagle

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders.  The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Sean Beagle University of Colorado,...
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 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 Rachel Witte on Monday, July 27, 2015 on events


Corn Field

The 2015 Hoes Down Harvest Festival will take place at Full Belly Farm on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 in the agriculturally diverse Capay Valley. The festival is a celebration of the end of the harvest season, where over 5,000 people from across the state come together to experience the joys of an organic family farm, attend educational tours and workshops, and celebrate with an abundance of food and music. Participants can even camp overnight on Saturday at Full Belly Farm!The main festival and activities occur on the first day of the festival on Saturday, October 3. Attendees...
Written by Jane Sooby on Friday, July 17, 2015 on policy, research

Please take a few moments to respond to the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s (OFRF) National Survey of Organic Farmers. Widespread participation by organic farmers across the country will ensure that all types and scales of certified organic production are reflected in the survey’s results. Responses will be accepted through August 30.A link to the survey was distributed via email to every certified organic farmer in the United States with an email address, so follow the link you received or access the survey at http://opinion.wsu.edu/agresearch/.The 34-question survey focuses on...
Written by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 17, 2015 on financial assistance, policy

CCOF is seeking the feedback of farmers who have experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Whether you are currently enrolled in CSP, have enrolled in the past, attempted to apply, or are just thinking about signing up, we want your input! We are looking for information such as personal experience with the program, barriers you have encountered, criticisms or praises, and any other relevant information. Contact Eric Cissna at ecissna@ccof.org to share your experiences.What is the Conservation Stewardship Program? CSP is a national...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 on rating system

Today CCOF and Whole Foods Market (WFM) jointly announced new changes to WFM’s Responsibly Grown rating program and its enrollment process for certified organic flower and produce farmers. These changes include allowing current organic vendors to suspend enrollment efforts until the end of this year, immediately relieving pressure for many small and medium sized producers. WFM also announced its intention to positively alter both the scoring and presentation of certified organic products, while committing to expanded dialogue about the program with vendors and other stakeholders. CCOF’s...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 on rating system

In May of this year, a group of five certified organic fruit and vegetable farmers, whose combined careers represent 147 years’ experience in biological agriculture, approached the nation’s largest USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certifier, CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), for help in defending our certified organic label’s value in a volatile marketplace.  This appeal was prompted by a recent rollout in 400 Whole Foods Market (WFM) stores. The nation’s iconic retailer of certified organic produce developed a proprietary fruit, vegetable, and flower rating system, known as...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, July 6, 2015 on cost share

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is still open for 2015 applications, but only a few months remain to apply for funds. Through this program, eligible operations will be reimbursed up to 75% of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750, for each NOP scope of organic certification. Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 may apply for reimbursement. The Cost Share application deadline is October 31, 2015. At this point, over 300 CCOF-certified members have applied....
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, June 22, 2015 on CCOF

CCOF’s website is used by certified members and the public every day to access certification forms and assistance, purchase merchandise, read and post classifieds, register for CCOF events, and find valuable information about organic certification. We offer advertising on some of our most popular pages.  New! Digital ad bundle places your ad on these pages: Classifieds, Organic Directory, Contact Us, and the Materials Search webpages (requires a login) found in MyCCOF. The digital ad bundle is $975 per quarter, and receives ~2,600 page views per month.  Blog ads, in our popular From Field to...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, June 15, 2015 on grants, water


The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), authorized by emergency drought legislation last year, is open for applications through June 29. The program provides funding to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation measures that reduce their water use and greenhouse gas emissions.  The maximum grant award is $150,000 and can be used to improve irrigation and energy-use efficiency on California farms and ranches. Examples of fundable activities include the following:replacing flood or furrow irrigation systems with drip or micro irrigation, converting from fossil fuel-...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Friday, June 5, 2015 on marketing, policy, research

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline for the public to submit alternative or partial proposals on a new industry-funded organic promotion order until July 20, 2015.The USDA will consider the submitted proposals prior to publishing a proposed Organic, Promotion, Research, and Information Order that would create an industry-funded promotion and research program for organic products under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996.Where to Submit ProposalsInterested parties should submit their proposals to Organic Promotion, Research, and...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Friday, June 5, 2015 on livestock, policy, regulatory, standards

Submit your comments today on the National Organic Program’s (NOP) proposed rule on Origin of Livestock.About the Origin of Livestock Proposed RuleAfter years of anticipation, the NOP recently published a proposed rule that updates and clarifies organic requirements related to the transition of nonorganic dairy animals to organic production. The proposed rule states that milk or milk products labeled or sold as organic must come from dairy animals that have been managed organically since the last third of gestation, but that the NOP will make a one-time allowance for a producer to transition...
Written by Sarah Watters on Monday, June 1, 2015 on certification process, get certification help, help and tips, services


We are excited to announce significant improvements to two helpful areas of the CCOF website: Forms & Documents and Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These sections are designed to help make the certification process simple and are now more user-friendly than ever before! Forms & Documents is a great resource for certified members looking for record-keeping worksheets, certification forms, helpful flyers, and more. Need to add acreage, facilities, materials, or products? Want to expedite your certification or transfer a parcel? Looking for information on cost share or...
Written by Laura McKissack on Friday, May 22, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, farmers markets, marketing


Postcards

Our popular "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are back! This informational postcard will help you educate shoppers about certified organic. These cards promote buying certified organic, explain what "certified organic" means, and name the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Place your complimentary order (limit 100 per operation) now! These complimentary marketing materials are available in limited supply. Postcards will be shipped the first week of June. "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards have been made available through the generous sponsorship of:     This is a project of...

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