CCOF is the only full-service organic certification agency and trade association. Our certified clients and trade association members receive full trade association benefits, including advocacy, education, marketing support, and networking opportunities linked to our regional- and industry-based chapters. Other members include businesses who supply the organic sector, individuals who want to help build the organic marketplace, and producers and processors certified by other accredited certification agencies who appreciate the benefits of belonging to a trade association of their peers. Anyone can become a member of our organic community by joining the CCOF Trade Association.
Buying organic is a direct investment in sustainable agriculture and the future of our planet. That’s why CCOF works to educate consumers about this relationship to our food and the importance of organic. We also organize educational and technical training events for farmers, handlers, and farm advisors to expand their knowledge of organic practices and ensure they are equipped to comply with organic standards. Our education program includes workshops, field days, webinars, and an annual educational conference on topical issues and organic marketplace challenges. We also send newsletter to keep our members and supporters informed about changes in certification procedures, standards, and regulations; the availability of funding for sustainable and organic agriculture initiatives; and other important developments in the organic community. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about educational and organic happenings near you.
CCOF has a chapter system that provides regional and industry networking opportunities, and a chance to organize local events and educate consumers on the importance of organic. Most chapters meet a few times per year and engage in topics important to their region or sector. Being active in your chapter is a great way to get involved in the organic movement!
CCOF advocates for governmental policies that protect and encourage organic agriculture. By carefully monitoring policy matters related to organic at the state and federal level, we ensure that the voices of organic consumers, farmers, and processors are heard. CCOF actively engages in the national organic standards making process to preserve and improve the integrity of organic certification.
CCOF members can post free web classifieds. Classified categories include Crops for Sale, Land for Sale/Lease, Employment, Funding Opportunities, and more. Our members can also post their events free of charge to our online calendar of events. The CCOF Classifieds and Calendar are two of the most visited CCOF website pages; reach the organic community by posting today!
CCOF promotes our members to help grow their businesses, and in doing so, the organic marketplace. Each year, we exhibit at a number of food industry trade shows and consumer events and distribute our annual Organic Directory & Resource Guide free of charge to retailers and others looking to buy organic products. We also maintain a searchable online directory of our certified operations. Those looking to find organic products or services can search by keyword, location, or sales method, including Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers' markets, wholesale, export, and more. CCOF also publishes a quarterly magazine, Certified Organic, which is widely distributed to our members, at trade shows and consumer events, to elected officials, and to key decision makers in the organic sector. Member-focused feature articles and a regular "Member News" section help promote our members and spread the word about their innovative activities.
CCOF offers a range of merchandise to help our members promote their certified organic status and the benefits of buying organic. From "Certified Organic" and "Do Not Spray" signs to hats, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and water bottles, we can help you show off your organic style!