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Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, March 12, 2018 on education, funding, general organic

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The program provides funding for incentivizing and demonstrating soil health practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, and improve soil health.    The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects.   The HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of soil health practices that sequester soil carbon and reduce GHG emissions. California farmers and ranchers, as well as federally- and...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, March 12, 2018 on advocacy, events

Please be informed that the next public meeting of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel will take place on March 15, 2018, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the California Department of Food and Agriculture main auditorium.    The agenda has been posted to the following website in accordance with Bagley-Keen requirements.     Additional meeting information will be posted to the same website as they become available.   ***   The mission of the CDFA Office of Environmental Farming & Innovation is to serve California by supporting agricultural production and incentivizing practices...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, March 12, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Robles

David is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz who has centered his agricultural career around the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). He has served his community as a student worker and as a youth mentor using sustainable agriculture as a tool for empowerment. He continues to develop his skills through the apprenticeship program at CASFS with the hope of sharing his knowledge with future generations. Congratulations David! Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation's Future Organic Farmer Grants. 
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 Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Sophia Schlentz, Ava Mosely, Melody Meyer, Karen Ross, Bennie Hesser   On February 22, the CCOF Foundation raised a glass to our 2018 Organic Champion Award recipient Melody Meyer and our collective support of the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund at our annual CCOF Foundation Feast.    Guests enjoyed an organic and locally sourced meal, along organic beer and wine generously donated by Bonterra Organic Vineyards and CCOF Board Representative Ted Vivatson of Eel River Brewing. Organic flowers from Javier Zamora at CCOF-certified JSM Organics and citrus donated from CCOF Board Representative...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, food safety

Tickets are going fast! Produce growers, don’t miss the opportunity to attend this workshop that meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce farms at a discounted rate. The CCOF Foundation’s Fresno Region FSMA workshop sold out, but tickets are still available for the Sacramento region workshop on March 28. Thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, workshop tickets only cost $35 per attendee. Without grant support, these trainings can cost hundreds of dollars per person.   If you can’t make it to the March 28 workshop, the...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation

Santa Cruz, California is a unique place. Nestled between redwood trees and a vast ocean coastline, those who have the privilege to live and work in Santa Cruz cherish its community. Although technically a city, Santa Cruz has a small-town vibe: local businessowners create lasting relationships with their patrons and give back wherever possible. One such local business, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (SCM Brew), likes to give back with an event called Thank You Thursday.   At this weekly fundraiser, SCM Brew donates one dollar for every beer sold to a local nonprofit. The CCOF Foundation is very...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Brian Robbins is an intern at Fiddlehead Farm in Corbett, Oregon through Rogue Farm Corps. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to train on a diversified, organic mixed veggie farm while concurrently participating in sustainable agriculture seminar classes to bolster his experiential learning. Before starting his term with Rogue Farm Corps, Robbins worked as a farm-based educator at Slide Ranch, an organic farm and nature preserve in Muir Beach, California. His favorite times on the farm are when he is using the wheel hoe, harvesting garlic, or talking about how magical Fiddlehead Farm is...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on advocacy, education

The Ag Leadership Program, operated by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. More than 1,300 men and women have participated in the program and are influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, communities, government, business, and other areas.   The 17-month program includes approximately 56 days of formal program activities. Four partner universities—California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo;...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, February 26, 2018 on Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed


Logan Hailey has devoted her life to growing nutritious food while preserving and enhancing the soil, water, air, and biodiversity of our planet for generations to come. Within the next few years, she hopes to start a small-scale, highly biodiverse farm that utilizes clean renewable energy, permaculture design, and ecological methods to produce certified organic vegetables, fruit, honey, and free-range eggs. Hailey is currently gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve this goal, including getting her B.S. in Soil Science and Ecological Horticulture Production from Oregon State...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, February 26, 2018 on advocacy, funding, grants, policy

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) introduced a bill into the California State Assembly, AB-2377, to establish a technical assistance grant program for farmers and ranchers applying for California’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs. The technical assistance grants will address the difficulty in designing, applying for, and implementing projects for the programs.   The bill requires CDFA to provide funding to technical assistance providers, such as resource conservation districts or nonprofit organizations, to assist farmers and ranchers applying to the Healthy Soils Program,...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, February 26, 2018 on biodiversity, funding, general organic

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting grant applications from nonprofits, universities, and California Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) offering technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who are interested in applying to the state’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP).   “If we are to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals and improve the health of California’s soil, we must do everything we can to help our farmers and ranchers apply to our programs,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Leveraging our partnerships with the academic community, nonprofits, and RCDs...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, general organic, grower, regulatory


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Don’t miss the opportunity to attend a workshop that meets the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers at a discounted rate.  Normally, these trainings can cost hundreds of dollars per person, but thanks to a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the CCOF Foundation is offering these trainings for $35 per attendee. The ticket price includes course materials, lunch, and certificate fees.   Workshops will be held throughout California, including locations near Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego, Petaluma, and Monterey. The Fresno, San...
Written by Peter Nell on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 on policy, State Organic Program

CCOF encourages the organic community to complete the California State Organic Program (SOP) survey. The survey will help SOP develop new communication and marketing tools.   The survey will guide the SOP on how to create and publish new messaging. The survey gathers information such as what participants know about the program, what they would like to see from the program, and where’d they like to see new information published.    For questions regarding the survey, please contact the SOP.
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 on advocacy, events, policy

Judith Redmond introduces Dave Runsten at 38th annual EcoFarm Conference   At the 38th annual EcoFarm Conference in late January, we were thrilled to see Dave Runsten, policy director at the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), receive a Steward of Sustainable Agriculture (“Sustie”) award. According to the Ecological Farming Association, the award honors “those special people who have been actively and critically involved in ecologically sustainable agriculture and who have demonstrated their long term, significant contributions to the well-being of agriculture and the planet.”  ...

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