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Written by Larissa Hernandez on Lunes, Julio 17, 2023

El Fondo de Asistencia Bricmont para Dificultades tiene una larga historia de otorgar subvenciones a productores orgánicos recuperando de desastres naturales y otras dificultades. ¡Para apoyar a nuestra comunidad orgánica de una manera más rápida y efectiva durante tiempos difíciles, la Fundación CCOF está cambiando la solicitud de períodos bianuales a aceptando solicitudes de asistencia por dificultades durante todo el año! 

Al actualizar a un período de solicitud continuo, la Fundación podrá respaldar las operaciones más rápidamente después de que ocurran dificultades como...

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Lunes, Julio 10, 2023

Join NCAT and the University of California, Santa Cruz to explore tools and strategies for a successful small farm. 

Live tool demonstrations will include a variety of walk-behind tractor implements and other innovative hand tools and machines for the small farm.

This event is FREE; coffee and lunch will be provided.

Register for the event at the NCAT website by clicking on the green RSVP box. 

Please note any dietary restrictions during RSVP. 

Please contact Omar Rodriguez with any questions at 

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Written by Larissa Hernandez on Lunes, Julio 10, 2023

American Farmland Trust, one of the CCOF Foundation’s partners, is providing grants of $10,000 to “assist farmers in successfully launching, growing, and sustaining farms in the face of forces impacting the food and agricultural system.” 

Please see details below or here for additional information, or click here to apply. 

Application deadline is July 15, 2023 11:59 PM (EDT).

Brighter Future Fund 
2023-2024 Grant Guidelines 

American Farmland Trust (AFT) is excited to announce the Brighter Future Fund (BFF) to assist farmers in successfully...

Written by Rebekah Weber on Lunes, Julio 10, 2023
CA flag and capitol

California Assembly Bill 408—the Climate-Resilient Farms, Sustainable Healthy Food Access, and Farmworker Protection Bond Act of 2024—was passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee on July 3, 2023. The bill, which is authored by Assemblymember Lori Wilson (D-Suisun City) and Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael), proposes a $3.4 billion bond to fund programs that support resilient agriculture and healthy food access in California.

The bond would be used to fund projects in four areas:

Resilient agriculture—funding for farmers to transition to organic, emergency relief for underserved...
Written by Gaea Denker on Miércoles, Julio 5, 2023
Cannabis leaf

The California State Fair takes place July 14-30, 2023 in Sacramento, California. CCOF will be hosting a display and booth on July 14-16 at the California Cannabis Exhibit in Expo Center Building 6. Come see us!

You won't want to miss hearing from CCOF’s Caitlin Slay when she speaks on July 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Expo Center Building 6 about whether cannabis can be organic. Slay will explain the history of the OCal program, what it means to be an OCal cannabis producer, and key requirements OCal producers must meet to become certified. She will also give an overview of how the well-...

Written by Gaea Denker on Miércoles, Julio 5, 2023
marijuana plant

With over 250 submissions representing some of the finest cannabis and cultivators throughout California, CCOF is especially glad to congratulate three of our OCal certified producers who won 2023 awards:

Organic Medicinals – Gold Award, Outdoor Category Sonoma Hills Farm – Two Silver Awards, Outdoor Category Lake’s Own - Silver Award, Outdoor Category

Read through the full list of award winners.

OCal certification is a comparable-to-organic program that ensures cannabis operations meet standards that are consistent with the National Organic Program (NOP). While there are...

Written by Guest Blogger on Lunes, Julio 3, 2023
horses in field

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has contracted with Crowe LLP (Crowe) to conduct a regulatory alignment study. As part of the study, Crowe is evaluating food safety and water quality regulatory requirements overseen by CDFA, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), and State Water Resources Control Board (Water Boards) as part of an effort to streamline the administrative processes and optimize information collected by the state. 
Crowe values stakeholder input in identifying opportunities to streamline food safety and water quality...

Written by Guest Blogger on Lunes, Julio 3, 2023

Written by Aaron McAfee, CCOF Fresno/Tulare Chapter President

I have excellent news to deliver, straight from the local organic legend himself, the great Tom Willey. 

Tom shared with us that Fresno State has officially announced the hire of Dr. Sangeeta Bansal for the position of Professor of Soil Health at California State University, Fresno. 

The goal of bringing organic agriculture into Fresno State has been ongoing for the CCOF Fresno/Tulare Chapter since the chapter leadership under Dwayne Cardoza and Vernon Peterson recognized that this would be a huge step...

Written by Rebekah Weber on Martes, Junio 20, 2023

A good meal is transformative. The light crunch of a fried latke smothered in tangy applesauce roots me in my cultural inheritance and branches me outward. Preparing this salty–sweet comfort food, I get to know local growers at the farmers’ market and appreciate each season’s bounty. My organic potatoes and apples regenerate soil and water health and safeguard against harmful pesticides. Good food grounds us in our bodies and connects us to the people and world around us. As a good meal unites eaters with farmers and nature, nourished communities listen more honestly, deepen self-awareness...

Written by Jane Sooby on Martes, Junio 20, 2023
Farmer in field

El Departamento de Alimentos y Agricultura de California (CDFA) abrió el programa de costos compartidos para la certificación orgánica para los solicitantes el 14 de junio de 2023. Los materiales de solicitud se pueden encontrar en línea aquí. CDFA sólo aceptará solicitudes enviadas por correo o correo electrónico. La fecha límite para la solicitud es el 1 de noviembre de 2023.

Este año, la participación en el programa de costos compartidos para la certificación orgánica ofrece reembolsos a los niveles originales del 75% de los gastos elegibles hasta un máximo de 750 dólares por...

Written by Jane Sooby on Lunes, Junio 12, 2023
farmer in field

To mark Mental Health Month this past May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships sponsored a series of webinars focused on aspects of mental health for farmers, ranchers, and other rural folk. 

Topics covered include the following: 

Farm Stress and Suicide Prevention Veteran’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Rural Mental Health Matters Farm Stress and Suicide: Faith, Place, and Community Health LGBTQI+ Mental Health in Rural Communities

The webinars offer a proactive approach to mental health and include...

Written by Jane Sooby on Lunes, Junio 12, 2023

National Organic Program Deputy Administrator Dr. Jennifer Tucker provided an overview of organic compliance and enforcement during CCOF’s At-Large Chapter meeting on June 7. The meeting was held via Zoom and a recording may be viewed on CCOF’s YouTube channel. 

Invited by meeting hosts—Andrea Davis-Cetina of Quarter Acre Farm, Maryland, and Joe Kroll of Oklahoma—Dr. Tucker characterized the global organic control systems that are in place worldwide to ensure organic integrity and gave an overview of NOP’s activities. 

Dr. Tucker noted that a new goal area for the...

Written by Jane Sooby on Lunes, Junio 12, 2023

In addition to hosting field hearings across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture  is soliciting public input on the 2023 Farm Bill through an online portal. Comments will be accepted through Friday, June 16, 2023. 

CCOF encourages all members to participate by sharing their farm bill...

Written by Guest Blogger on Martes, Junio 6, 2023
Applications for Committee Membership Are Currently Available


CDFA Secretary Karen Ross has announced the Department’s first historically underserved and small farm advisory committees to support equity and inclusion throughout the organization’s programs, policies, and services. Application periods for both committees are open through June 30, 2023. 

“Since 1919, CDFA has served the public along with California’s farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers,” said Secretary Ross. “Today, our department takes a step forward in recognizing the importance of California’s...

Written by Jessica González on Miércoles, Mayo 31, 2023

Sabemos que la mano de obra suele ser el mayor gasto de la explotación. Estamos tratando de entender mejor los problemas a los que se enfrentan los productores con la mano de obra. Estamos ofreciendo un estipendio de $ 25 a los productores orgánicos que participan en nuestra encuesta. La encuesta en línea no debe tomar más de 30 minutos para completar y se puede encontrar en: 

Por favor, póngase en contacto con Jessica González en si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud.