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Written by Rebekah Weber on Monday, January 25, 2021 on advocacy, policy


CCOF Goals

It’s the start of a new year, and CCOF has set a bold, new goal for organic: Thirty percent of California’s farmland will be organic by 2030. We know it will take hard work to get there, but that’s nothing new for organic farmers. Here’s the plan for moving forward in 2021.Expand Opportunities for Small Organic RanchersIn partnership with ranchers, policymakers, and farm and environmental groups, CCOF is working to create economic opportunities for small organic ranches. Expanding on-farm slaughter options for small ranches raising goats, sheep, and swine will strengthen these businesses and...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, January 25, 2021 on CCOF Foundation

In my last blog post, "Reflect, Refine, and Refresh for a Long Farming Career," I talked about the importance of setting boundaries between farming and personal life to sustain a farming business over the long haul. This week, I’ll go into more depth on how I reflect on the past season to make time for personal activities, improve my business, and maintain my passion for farming.A simple way to do this is to grab a piece of paper and a pen and list what did work over the past farming season and what didn't.Nothing is too little or too odd to add to the list. The point is to have all of your...
Written by Rebekah Weber on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on


organic goals

CCOF envisions a world where organic is the norm, a world where every farmer has access to the tools to build healthy soils and foster biodiversity, a world where every eater has access to fresh, organic food that nourishes the body. To create this world, CCOF has set the ambitious goal of reaching 30 percent of California's agricultural acreage in organic by 2030. Organic as the NormWhy are we working to expand organic acreage in California? Because organic agriculture is a solution to some of the greatest threats we face, from climate change to economic and health inequities. Organic is...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on CCOF, general organic


Last month, CCOF hosted a virtual screening of the critically acclaimed film Gather, a documentary directed by Sanjay Rawal. Gather tells the stories of Native Americans in the United States reclaiming and reigniting sacred connections to food and land through the traditional teachings of their elders as political, social, and economic forces threaten their ways of life.   Attendees included hundreds of CCOF-certified members, organic supporters, and representatives from the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Gather sheds light on how the shadowed history of food sovereignty, land...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on general organic, policy

On January 8, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a $227 billion proposed budget for the 2021–2022 fiscal year. Despite concern over the effect of COVID-19 response on the state's budget deficit, the Governor's proposal includes healthy funding levels for several critical agriculture programs, including the following: $3.75 million ongoing funding to the California Department of Food and Agriculture to support integrated pest management strategies and a new, tiered approach to the pesticide mill fee that taxes pesticides based on toxicity levels$6.7 million for UC Cooperative Extension...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on


Bonterra

Bonterra is the latest in a group of businesses to support organic farmers who have suffered from the 2020 wildfires and COVD-19 pandemic. Many small and medium-sized organic farms experienced disruptions in supply chains due to farmers' market closures and significantly reduced demand from the food service industry. With restaurants, bars, hotels, and other businesses closing, many producers had to completely reinvent their business models, and then dealt with COVID-related illnesses or wildfires to boot.  During the giving season, Bonterra stepped up and offered the CCOF Foundation a...
Written by Laura Mathias on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on


CCOF hat

The CCOF store has brought back a customer favorite–the CCOF Baseball-Style Embroidered Logo Hat. Keep the sun off your nose, whether you’re on or off the field, with our new CCOF baseball-style hat. Each hat, made in the United States, is khaki color, organic cotton twill with a curved bill and adjustable Velcro strap, and is embroidered with the CCOF logo. These hats make great gifts for employees, family, or yourself. Pick one up today for $25. We also have trucker-style hats available.  Love your CCOF hat? Tag CCOF in a photo of your hat on social! Find us on Instagram, Facebook, and...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, January 11, 2021 on

On December 1, United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released a landmark new bill to support existing and aspiring Black farmers. The 78-page bill would provide increased resources for all farmers, but particularly for Black farmers, through increased land access, education, and funding for existing USDA programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program. It would also seek to remediate historic and ongoing discrimination at the Department of Agriculture by reforming the USDA Office of Civil Rights and creating an independent...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, January 11, 2021 on

CCOF is deeply saddened by the news of Amigo Bob Cantisano’s passing in late 2020. Amigo Bob was a tireless organic farmer, advocate, and educator who devoted his life to supporting and growing organic agriculture.  CCOF Board Chair Phil LaRocca said, “Amigo Bob Cantisano was a close friend. As an early innovator and true believer, he dedicated his life to growing and strengthening the organic movement. He never gave up his belief in and support for organic farmers. His energy and knowledge will be missed but his impact will never be forgotten.” Amigo, along with other revolutionary organic...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, January 11, 2021 on CCOF Foundation

I don’t know about you, but, like most of my farmer friends, I’m looking forward to a winter break where production naturally slows or stops and the constant farm workload is reduced. As farmers, we juggle so much. There typically isn’t any time or energy left for thinking about how we could have done better until winter provides us the opportunity. One thing I love about farming is that every year there is an opportunity to make changes and redesign my business. Not many other professions allow for such creativity and challenge. At the end of the season, I reflect on how I feel about farming...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, January 11, 2021 on CCOF, survey


Member Survey

This winter CCOF launched a survey of our membership to learn more about your certified organic businesses and to improve CCOF services. If you have not completed your survey, there is still time to submit!How do I submit my CCOF member survey?Members within the United States: CCOF members based within the United States were mailed a hard copy of the survey with an addressed return envelope. Please use the addressed return envelope and do not mail your survey to CCOF. Members can also complete the survey online at www.opinion.wsu.edu/ccof using their personal access code.Members outside the...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 on events, general organic

The 41st EcoFarm Conference, Reimagining Our Future, will be live online in collaboration with Sierra Harvest, Jan 20–23, 2021, featuring over 50 workshops, intensives, keynotes, Spanish content, a virtual expo, networking, special events, and more! Using a farmer-to-farmer education model, EcoFarm is an essential networking and educational hub for ecologically minded farmers, ranchers, and all who support their success in growing a healthy and just food system and world. Register by Tuesday, December 15 with code reimagine and save $30! There's something for everyone at EcoFarm Conference....
Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, December 14, 2020 on

Thank you for your support of organic in 2020!  As you are gathering close with family this holiday season, CCOF staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed from December 24 through January 1. We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return. Happy holidays!
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, December 14, 2020 on

As food insecurity increases due to the coronavirus pandemic, Clif Bar has doubled its annual donation of Clif bars to families in need.  Snewsnet.com reports that Clif Bar “is doubling its previous 7 million bar donation that went to frontline health care workers and first responders and is distributing another 7 million bars to food banks and community organizations that reach U.S. counties most in need as we enter summer. Clif Bar is also opening its employee café at its headquarters (HQ) in Emeryville to make up to 450 meals per week that will be distributed to volunteers serving the...
Written by Rebekah Weber on Monday, December 14, 2020 on

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, has established emergency standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These new temporary standards apply to most workers in California, including those in the agriculture sector.  The standards require employers tocreate a COVID-19 Prevention Program to evaluate employee exposure to COVID-19, correct unsafe and unhealthy conditions, and ensure workers wear face coverings;provide training on how COVID-19 is spread and infection prevention techniques;provide information on benefits to which employees affected by...

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