As a CCOF member, you have the opportunity to help shape the future of organic by helping your chapter organize local events to promote and educate consumers, advocate for organic research and programs, and reach out to educational institutions. Chapters help CCOF members maintain successful organic businesses by providing speakers at chapter meetings, networking opportunities with potential buyers, and connections to farming organizations and resources. Chapters are made up of certified and other members, who are essential to the basic functions of CCOF. Most chapters meet a few times per year and engage in topics important to their region/sector. If you would like to get involved in your CCOF chapter, contact your chapter leader from the list of chapter contacts to find out about chapter meetings and activities.
All CCOF certified members based in California belong to a chapter based on their geographical region (except the Processor/Handler Chapter, which includes all processors, regardless of where they are located). To see what chapter you belong to, examine your client code, which can be found on your organic certificate. The first two letters of the client code correspond to your chapter (see abbreviations below). If you have any questions about which chapter you belong to, contact us. Do you have questions about your certification? Contact your Certification Service Specialist.
The ME (Mendocino) chapter has been dissolved; it is listed for regional identification purposes only.
Big Valley Chapter (BV) – Contra Costa, Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties
Central Coast Chapter (CC) – Alameda, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco counties
Fresno-Tulare Chapter (FT) – Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, and Tulare counties
Humboldt-Trinity Chapter (HT) – Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties
Kern Chapter (KE) – Kern County
North Coast Chapter (NC) – Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties
North Valley Chapter (NV) – Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Yuba counties
Pacific Southwest Chapter (PS) – Desert Valley, Imperial, South Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties
Processor/Handler Chapter (PR) – Processors, Handlers, Packers, Retailers, Brokers, Private Labelers, and Restaurants
San Luis Obispo Chapter (SL) – San Luis Obispo County
Sierra Gold Chapter (SG) – Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, and Tuolumne counties
South Coast Chapter (SC) – Santa Barbara, Ventura, and North Los Angeles counties
Yolo Chapter (YO) – Colusa, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, and Yolo counties
Ready to be a part of your chapter? Attend a meeting! Chapter meetings are announced on CCOF’s calendar and through our newsletter. Sign up for the CCOF newsletter to receive notification of chapter meetings.
For those interested in leadership positions, please read through the chapter leader positions and responsibilities and get in touch with your chapter contact to find out when the next election is scheduled. Chapter contacts are listed on each individual chapter webpage.
CCOF has also created a guide to holding elections for current chapter leaders looking for assistance.
For further information, please contact CCOF Member & Public Outreach Specialist Adrian Fischer.