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Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 2, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Nathan Van Assen San Diego City College, Sustainable Agriculture – California Nathan’s journey in this field started about seven years ago when he and his wife had the epiphany that they should be eating fresher foods. Since that time, Nathan has worked in the produce industry as a market stocker for four years, three of which have been exclusively with organic produce as a produce department clerk at Jimbo’s…Naturally! He also supports his wife as she runs her own organic and natural baby clothing business. Nathan aspires to be a produce buyer, a data expert for farms on consumer products,...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 26, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Kristen TippitEarthDance Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program – Missouri Kristen Tippit is a 31 year old mother of two (soon to be three!) who loves running, singing, graffiti art, being outside, and laughing with her husband, Chris. She has degrees in Spanish and creative writing, but has worked in women's health and health education for the past nine years. Kristen currently works in the HIV field coordinating a program for people who have been lost to medical care. Her work has focused on testing and prevention of STIs and HIV among urban minorities, and case management and health...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 19, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Joshua Sandoval

Joshue SandovalHartnell Community College and Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA), Farmer Education Program (PEPA) – California Joshue Sandoval has lived in agricultural areas his whole life; he was born in Mexico and moved to Watsonville, California, at the age of five. He worked for four years in conventional and organic raspberries and for nine years at SunRidge Farms, including six years in the organic division where he supervised up to 40 employees. Joshue’s dream is to start an organic family farm in the Watsonville area where he has access to land. He believes in...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, October 19, 2015 on advocacy, materials and inputs, NOP, NOSB, policy

The fall 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be held October 26-29 in Stowe, Vermont. This biannual meeting impacts what materials producers can use in organic production. After reviewing public comment and hearing testimony at the meeting, NOSB will make recommendations on standards and materials to the National Organic Program (NOP). NOSB will review a diverse set of materials at the meeting, which include humic acids used in crop production, parasiticides used in livestock production, and colors used by processors. Phil LaRocca, chairman of the CCOF Board of Directors...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 on grower, seeds

For growers producing organic baby leaf crops, the spread of bacterial diseases can be rapid with devastating results. Additionally, harvesting clean, organic, pathogen-free seed is another challenge for both seed producers and growers. Short of discarding the seed or accepting a decline in harvest quality, organic growers have few viable options to recover their crop once it is infected with bacterial diseases. One bacterial disease that has a significant impact on the production of baby leaf vegetable crops is Pseudomonas syringae pv. aptata. This bacterium is commonly called bacterial leaf...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 12, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Mark O’Loughlin Archi’s Acres, Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training Program – California Mark O’Loughlin was born in Independence, Iowa, where he was raised on a beef and dairy farm. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1982 and served for 30 years in the Marine Corps Infantry as an infantry instructor and a drill instructor. He retired in 2012 as the Sergeant Major for the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton. Since retiring from the Marine Corps, Mark has worked as the Vice President of Military Affairs for PsychArmor Institute and as the Founder/CEO of Validated...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 5, 2015 on advocacy, policy

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop all state and local regulation of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including GMO labeling requirements. The vote was 275 in favor and 150 opposed. The bill, dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act, was widely seen as an effort to undermine state-level labeling of GMO foods. CCOF wrote letters to representatives who voted on both sides of the issue, praising those who voted against it and expressing disappointment toward those who supported it. At this time, there is no...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 5, 2015 on advocacy, general organic, research

National policies, issues, and institutions affect organic farmers, yet we lack a strong presence to ensure that the certified organic farmer’s viewpoint, needs, and concerns are represented in the national arena. To address this situation, several organic farming organizations have been discussing building a more effective and clearer voice for certified organic farmers. We are proud of certified organic’s growth and growing prominence in the marketplace, and believe now is the time that farmers, who are at the core of this success, establish a focused and strong voice. To ensure we are...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, October 5, 2015 on food safety

Are you an organic processor who is looking for food safety certification for your products? Are your buyers requiring a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety certification, or requesting third party audit reports prior to approving a sale? CCOF can help. 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 an arrangement with the Food Quality Alliance (FQA). These certifications include: British Retail Consortium (BRC) – GFSI-benchmarked...
Written by Cassandra Christine on Monday, October 5, 2015 on directory, marketing

Tuesday, November 4 is the deadline for your ad space reservation in the 2016 Organic Directory & Resource Guide! Directory prices at a glance: Business card - $450* Quarter page - $795* Half page - $1,295* Full page - $1,875* *Business Partner pricing View all of our advertising rates. The Organic Directory & Resource Guide is a full color publication that we print annually. This directory includes all of our certified organic farmers, processors, handlers, packers, and retailers, and lists organic crops, livestock, processed products, and business services. In addition to our...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, October 5, 2015 on CCOF, events

CCOF will be exhibiting at the PMA Fresh Summit trade show in Atlanta from October 23-25. Come by booth #2410 to talk about organic certification, food safety certification for organic operations, and more. You can also follow along on our Twitter account, where we’ll be tweeting from the show. We hope to see you there!
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 5, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Justin Moran Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon Justin's interest in agriculture was ignited through a year of European Voluntary Service in Turkey, where he built an environmental education center and helped launch the second organic marketplace in the country, after which he lived and worked at a pioneering ecovillage and a biodynamic farm in the United Kingdom. These experiences strongly influenced his understanding of agricultural principles such as considering the farm as a living organism, building fertility on-farm, and integrating practices that move towards long-...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, September 28, 2015 on advocacy, materials and inputs, NOP, NOSB, policy

Don’t miss out! Submit your feedback to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) before the October 8th deadline. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)* will meet October 26-29 in Stowe, Vermont, to review organic materials and standards. The long list of materials up for review by NOSB during this meeting includes humic acids, parasiticides, and colors used in processing. Your operation may be affected! To advocate on your behalf, CCOF will submit comments on materials and standards. . . . . . but NOSB needs to hear from you, too! Advocate for and protect the integrity of organic...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, September 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


The CCOF Foundation and UNFI Foundation were thrilled to host the First Annual Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Dinner in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, September 17. Cathy Calfo, CCOF’s Executive Director/CEO, and Melody Meyer, the UNFI Foundation’s Executive Director, hosted CCOF Board Members, grant fund supporters, and two grant fund recipients for an organic dinner at Forno Restaurant and Wine Bar. Calfo and Meyer spoke about the impetus for the fund—the aging farmer population and the lack of educational and financial resources to train new organic farmers—and how they raised $50,000...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


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. Margaret GoolsbyUniversity of California...

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