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Organic Certifier Marks 40th Anniversary

by Jon Knapp |

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — California Certified Organic Farmers marked its 40th anniversary with a tour of Central Coast growers, its backers pausing along the way to reflect on obstacles overcome or still in their path.

The tour, which ended with a talk by Earthbound Farm co-founder Myra Goodman, led up to the first sessions of the 33rd annual EcoFarm Conference Jan. 23-26. About 1,500 registered for the conference in Pacific Grove.

The CCOF group started off at Phil Foster Ranches near Hollister, a 250-acre operation that markets a variety of organic vegetables and fruits under the Pinnacle label. At the U.S. Agricultural Research Station in Salinas they met with Roy Fuentes, owner of Fuentes Berry Farms — who grows for the Driscoll’s label — and research horticulturalist Eric Brennan.

To sample organic operations on a smaller scale, the tour finished at Serendipity Farms in Carmel Valley with co-owner Jamie Collins.

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