CCOF Blog

Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, October 30, 2017 on general organic, grower, handler, marketing

Need to restock your supply of produce stickers or twist ties that identify your products as CCOF-certified organic? Want to gift an organic garden sign to a loved one this holiday season? Looking for a new hat to keep next summer’s sun out of your eyes? Now’s the time to make your purchases from the CCOF store!    From November 1 until December 31, 2017, enjoy our gift of 15% off all CCOF merchandise in the CCOF Store! Enter code GIFT15 at checkout to apply the discount to your order. 
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 30, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Michael Bair    My family owns an organic dairy, but I want to find my own part in our organic farm: Michael’s Pastured Poultry. I need to design and build a pen that will be portable so I can move the meat chickens throughout the pasture, and I need a freezer that will store my processed chickens that are waiting for pick-up. I must follow organic rules and be separate from my family’s organic farm sales. I have the financial resources to purchase chickens and supplies, and I also have a buyer for my chicken, a local health food store. I plan to reinvest my profits to keep the enterprise...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 23, 2017 on CCOF, financial assistance, general organic

CCOF is terribly saddened by the extensive and profound ways in which thousands of people have been affected by the fires. We are also inspired by the overwhelming compassion, community effort, and solidarity in the face of such adversity.  While we are working one-on-one with many affected CCOF clients—some of whom are experiencing severe to total losses—our hope for recovery continues to strengthen as we are also getting an incredible wave of people who are looking to help their fellow growers, producers, and ranchers.     CCOF wants to continue serving as a communication hub for folks to...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, October 23, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, grower, handler, materials, NOSB, standards

CCOF submitted 11 written comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ahead of the fall 2017 NOSB meeting.   NOSB is the federal advisory committee to the National Organic Program and meets twice per year to discuss organic standards. This fall, the meeting will be held in Jacksonville, Florida from October 31 through November 2, 2017.   At the meeting in Jacksonville, the board will complete the 2019 Sunset Reviews on 43 substances listed on the National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances (National List). NOSB will vote to relist the substances on the National List or...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, October 23, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, research

The California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) released their 2017 agricultural labor availability survey results in a report titled Searching for Solutions: California Farmer Continue to Struggle with Employee Shortages. The report includes data from 762 farmers and ranchers throughout California and its findings are consistent with a 2012 CFBF labor survey.   The report shows that 55 percent of responding farmers experienced employee shortages during the summer of 2017. A majority of farmers reported that they were unable to recruit up to 50 percent of their seasonal workforce needs, with 15...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 23, 2017 on events, general organic

  Don’t miss From Wall Street to Main Street, Organic Means Good Business, a unique grower roundtable discussion during the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) Keynote Sessions on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Join industry experts as they engage in thought-provoking discussions on topics including opportunities in organic mergers and acquisitions; organic challenges with land, labor, and water; government regulation; and how to meet the growing demand for organic.

   Speakers include: Bill Reiman, Managing Director, Farmer, Gladstone Land Corporation Stan Pura, Founder, Farmer, Mission Ranches...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 23, 2017 on events, general organic

There will be an important meeting of the minds in St. Louis, Missouri on November 6 and 7 that will bring together a wide array of organic and conventional stakeholders in food and agriculture – the 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum.   The major focus of the event is to support the creation of new business opportunities in organic, non-GMO, and specialty agriculture that will that benefit U.S. producers and consumers and ultimately improve U.S. agricultural practices.    Leading drivers that support growth in organic and specialty agriculture are coming from consumer trends for healthier...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 23, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Originally from suburban Arizona, Hanneke Van Dyke came to organic agriculture through her work in community health, education, and nutrition. Her belief that access to a diet rich in diverse, nutritious foods is a fundamental human right led her to an interest in sustainable food systems through which a focus on human nutrition also prioritizes care for the land, care for those who work on it, and a mindful use of limited resources. Van Dyke has worked in a variety of settings, from rural Morocco, to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, Malawi, and Cambodia. With experience overseeing and...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 23, 2017 on advocacy, events, general organic, research

Sensors that tell growers how much water to use, drones that can fly over operations and assess the health of crops, real-time data at the fingertips of farmers.   It’s not science fiction—it’s the future of agriculture.   In an attempt to streamline operations, increase sustainability, and improve climate resiliency, California farmers are embracing precision agriculture technology. Also known as “smart farming,” precision agriculture uses the latest technological innovations to produce more food while using less resources.   But California farmers are not the only ones adopting this...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 23, 2017 on advocacy, events, policy

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in collaboration with California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other state entities, are hosting a Public Forum on Managed Groundwater Recharge to Support Sustainable Water Management. This all-day event will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on November 8, 2017, and will bring together a variety of speakers to address recharge opportunities and issues.   Get more information and register.     Groundwater recharge is an important topic for California as the state continues to recover from an historic drought that...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, October 23, 2017 on advocacy, general organic

The Organic Center will host a webinar titled How Does Organic Mitigate Climate Change? on October 26, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and also on November 29, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.    Registration for the webinar is now open.   Dr. Tracy Misiewicz, the associate director of science programs for the Organic Center, will present information relating to the Organic Center and the National Soil Project’s study on organic soil. The study shows that soil from organic farm soil is better at sequestering carbon than conventional farm soil. The webinar will provide scientific evidence that...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 16, 2017 on events

Six Educational Sessions Finalized for Organic Grower Summit December 13-14, Monterey Hyatt The Organic Grower Summit has finalized the educational component of its inaugural event, including a SOLD OUT exhibition, with a series of inspiring and engaging sessions focused on the production side of organic fresh produce.     A total of six different educational sessions covering an array of subjects from technology to soil optimization will feature some of the industry’s leading experts.   View the full schedule here.    Among the scheduled educational sessions are: “Issues Facing Organic...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 16, 2017 on cost share, fees, financial assistance, general organic

Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 may apply for reimbursement by October 31, 2017.   All certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope. California State Organic Program registration fees are also eligible for refunding!    CCOF has made it easy to apply with cost share forms and instructions and a checklist to mark your...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 16, 2017 on advocacy, general organic, help and tips

Free organic grower guides offer information on specialty crop production for small- and medium-scale growers     A new series of technical guides developed at UC Santa Cruz targets small- and medium-scale organic specialty crop growers with the production information they need to be successful.   The 4- to 12-page guides developed by UCSC’s Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) address high-value vegetable and cut flower crops grown by many small- and medium-scale farmers. The guides outline basic techniques for tillage, planting, irrigation, weed control, harvesting...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, October 16, 2017 on CCOF, general organic

CCOF regrets to announce the passing of Henry “Hank” Sharp who was a on the CCOF Board of Directors for five years and a devoted advocate for organic. He hosted many annual dinners for the South Coast Chapter at his home. While, as his wife Harriet writes, “we have only half an acre but the real work was in the promotion of organic.” Hank was an inspiration to fellow CCOF members including Allen Harthorn who credits him with “becoming a board member and sticking with the Board Rep position.” We extend our deepest condolences to Harriet and the Sharp family as well as heartfelt gratitude for...

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