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Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 24, 2015 on food safety, policy, research

A new study out of the University of California, Berkeley shows that removing vegetation adjacent to farms on California’s Central Coast has not reduced the incidence of E. coli found in fresh produce. Instead, the reverse is true: farms that retained nongrazed riparian or other natural vegetation types had significantly lower prevalence of generic E. coli in water and pathogenic E. coli in produce.These results contradict the conventional wisdom that developed in 2006 when spinach contaminated with pathogenic E. coli entered the stream of commerce and caused three deaths and 205 illnesses....
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 24, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Fujii

Alexis FujiiUniversity of California Davis, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems – California Alexis Fujii is in her third year at University of California, Davis majoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Her dream is to run and own an organic, sustainable farm that provides fresh products to a local community. She would like to be a part of the organic movement in order to improve the environment, global health, and food system. Alexis is very excited to continue her studies at an amazing agricultural university and learn everything she'll need to know in order to have a...
Written by Zea Sonnabend on Monday, August 24, 2015 on advocacy, materials and inputs, NOSB, policy

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) approved removal of four materials from the National List, and the proposed rule that finalizes removal is now open for comment through August 31, 2015. Read the rule and submit a comment.Marsala wine and sherry wine were eligible for sunset removal and the NOSB voted these ingredients off the list at its fall 2014 meeting.Approval of the antibiotics streptomycin and tetracycline to control fire blight in organic apples and pears expired in October 2014, and the NOSB did not renew it. Growers who face increased disease pressure or economic losses...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, August 24, 2015 on food safety

CCOF has joined the Food Quality Alliance (FQA) as its designated provider of organic certification services. The Food Quality Alliance is a consortium of industry-leading providers of food certification, testing, consulting, and educational services, and our participation in the group comes with a host of benefits for our members.Most notably, in addition to CCOF’s food safety services for growers, we are now pleased to give our processor members access to a variety of food safety certifications at a discounted rate through this arrangement with FQA. These certifications include:British...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, August 24, 2015 on genetic engineering, Non-GMO & More seal

On August 19, NPR’s Morning Edition aired a story about non-GMO labeling and ecolabel marketing. Our Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo was interviewed for the story, and commented on the benefits of certified organic. Read or listen to the full story on the NPR website.CCOF’s “Organic is Non-GMO & More” label mentioned in the article is available for all CCOF-certified organic products! Learn more at www.ccof.org/non-gmo.
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 17, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


James HarrisUC Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship – California After spending 10 years in the United States Army and deploying twice to Iraq, James Harris found it difficult to define what was normal after leaving the military. Like most veterans, he saw the world differently than people who had not experienced the service. He found it difficult to adjust to life outside of the military and longed to be a part of a cause bigger than himself—something that offered him purpose and a chance to serve again. At the time, James was volunteering at an...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 10, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Anthony Boyd

Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr. Appalachian State University, Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture – North Carolina Anthony Boyd grew up on the Catawba Indian Nation in South Carolina where he fell in love with nature, playing in the woods and streams of the reservation. There, he first felt his calling to be a steward of the earth. After graduating high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where he completed an A.A.S. in Chemical Technology at Cape Fear Community College and contributed to a water study funded by the National Science...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 10, 2015 on chapters

In May, CCOF members in Mexico formed a new CCOF chapter. As their first order of business, the Mexico Chapter members elected the following chapter leaders:President: Esteban Macías Padilla, Grupo UVice President: Daniela Robles, Grupo AltaSecretary: Dante Gutiérrez Medina, Berrymex Baja CaliforniaTreasurer: Lois Christie, Christie Organic Consultants, Inc., and Tequila SauzaBoard Representative: Eduardo Morales, Promotora Agrícola El Toro Carmela Beck, National Organic Program Manager with Driscoll’s and a key organizer of the Mexico Chapter, commented, “Driscoll’s applauds CCOF’s efforts...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 10, 2015 on financial assistance, policy

CCOF is continuing to search for feedback from farmers who have experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).If you have experience with CSP or are interested in the program, please take a few minutes to complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSP_Survey_Feedback.This is a busy time of year, and we greatly appreciate any feedback. The results of this survey will help make CSP more accessible to farmers.What is the Conservation Stewardship Program? CSP is a national conservation program administered by the USDA’s...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 10, 2015 on policy, research

If you haven’t had the opportunity to weigh in on Organic Research Priorities using the Organic Farming Research Foundation's (OFRF) national survey, we highly recommend doing so. The confidential survey asks for data on farm size, production, and location; detailed information about organic farming challenges; and farmers’ most pressing information needs on topics such as pest control, soil health, water conservation strategies, pesticide drift, and GMO contamination of organic crops.In addition to the OFRF national survey, CCOF is conducting in-person focus groups with CCOF chapters across...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 3, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Sean Beagle

Sean Beagle  University of Colorado, Biology - Colorado Sean Beagle served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry from 2008-2012 and was deployed twice to Afghanistan as an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. In June of 2012, he received an honorable discharge, and began studying at Delaware County Community College using his GI Bill benefits. That summer, Sean volunteered at Henry Got Crops, an urban farm in northern Philadelphia that grows produce for a local co-op and educates high school students on practices of organic farming. Inspired by his time at Henry Got Crops, Sean moved to...
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...

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