Pacific Southwest

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

Pacific Southwest

Desert Valley, Imperial, South Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties

The CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter has a large membership of over 300 producers, handlers, processors, and supporting members centered in San Diego County. The chapter leadership committee is working hard to revive chapter interest with engaging programs and expanding outreach to areas outside San Diego (Northern LA, the deserts, and Arizona). With the onset of USDA regulations and the management of the review process moving from the chapter level to the main CCOF office, the chapter suffered an identity crises and interest waned. We are excited to reinvigorate our chapter.

San Diego County has many certified organic small farms, perhaps the largest amount of small certified organic farms in the U.S. Our local crops are mainly avocados, citrus, and exotic fruits, with several farmers’ market growers including vegetable crops. Desert-area crops include dates, grapes, and large-scale vegetable producers and packinghouses. Arizona includes a variety of large and small scale vegetable producers, as well as an increasing amount of livestock, along with feed growers to support these certified livestock ranches.

Our chapter is relatively new compared to many CCOF chapters, having our roots with the first certified local grower in 1986. Bill Brammer of Be Wise Farms (whose certification number is ps001) was very involved in the organic movement in its early days of the creation of the USDA National Organic Program, between 1991 and 2002.

Our chapter leadership is proud to be an advocate for the organic farmer, the movement, and causes that affect our standards of living and livelihood. The costs of water and pest control are important and current concerns in our area. We are present on Facebook and are looking forward to using technology to help the busy farmer both address issues that affect them and become educated on current organic-related issues.

Pacific Southwest Chapter Leaders:

Chapter Contact

Archi’s Acres
Karen Archipley
Chapter President and Board Representative
(760) 751-4380

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