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Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 16, 2023
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Fruit and Veggies

Small to medium-sized food and agricultural businesses who desire to sell into the export market are invited to attend a free online webinar presented by the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) on Monday, October 23 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. Pacific time. Register online today.

WUSATA is a nonprofit organization that works closely with Western state Departments of Agriculture to provide exporting resources to food and agriculture companies. Its FundMatch program reimburses 50 percent of fees to exhibit at trade shows such as Expo West and Fancy Foods. WUSATA’s…

Written by Michelle Caraballo on Monday, October 16, 2023
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Field

CCOF is offering two 16-hour, virtual-led courses to provide growers of plants with key insights and understandings of the GLOBALG.A.P. requirements for the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Version 6 SMART and GFS. Come join CCOF to learn about the various certification options and requirements and how to prepare your operation for the transition to GLOBALG.A.P. Version 6 audit in the coming 2024 season.

Join us for the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) v6 GFS FV trainings hosted by CCOF. For your convenience CCOF is offering two different date ranges to attend. Please…

Written by Rebekah Weber on Monday, October 16, 2023
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Flower Field

The Department of Pesticide Regulation is hosting a series of public meetings to hear feedback on their strategic plan. This plan will set their agenda for the next five years, and organic is not mentioned at all. In fact, the Department intends to create new certifications for sustainable pest management—making farmers jump through more hoops. Please consider joining a public meeting and telling the Department that organic certification is the sustainable pest management certification.

Attend a Public Meeting (information below and on the Department's website):

Thursday,…
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, October 10, 2023
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Seedling

The Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) proudly announced the launch of its official website, www.organictransition.org, earlier this month. This online platform results from a cross-collaborative effort by TOPP's six regional leads, dedicated to advancing the organic farming movement.

TOPP's new website is the national hub for program opportunities, news, events, and resources. The TOPP website features a host of essential functions, designed to support and nurture the growth of organic farming across diverse regions.

Key Features of the TOPP Website Include…

Written by Hanali Lopez-Tapia on Monday, October 9, 2023
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On Tuesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 19, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will host webinars to introduce farmers and agricultural professionals to grant opportunities in agriculture. Both webinars will start at 11:30 a.m. CDT and run one hour, with an additional half hour at the end for questions. 

The Tuesday webinar will feature grants expert Margaret Krome from the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, who will cover how to design a good grant project and where to look for potential funding sources, as well as the basics of writing a grant proposal…

Written by Michelle Caraballo on Monday, October 9, 2023
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Apples

CCOF is offering two 16-hour, virtual-led courses to provide growers of plants with key insights and understandings of the GLOBALG.A.P. requirements for the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Version 6 SMART and GFS. Come join CCOF to learn about the various certification options and requirements and how to prepare your operation for the transition to GLOBALG.A.P. Version 6 audit in the coming 2024 season.

Join us for the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) v6 GFS FV trainings hosted by CCOF. For your convenience CCOF is offering two different date ranges to attend. Please…

Written by Hanali Lopez-Tapia on Monday, October 9, 2023
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LazaroFidel

The CCOF Foundation, in partnership with GrubMarket, supports farmers making the transition to organic agriculture practices because we know that organic production is a proven solution to climate change, economic insecurity, and health inequities. We are giving $10,000 grants to underserved small farmers in California who are transitioning to organic practices. 
Applications are due by 12 p.m. (noon) Pacific on October 27, 2023. 

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 2, 2023
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Webinar

Small food and agricultural businesses who desire to sell into the export market are invited to attend a free online webinar presented by the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) on Monday, October 23, at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Pacific time.

WUSATA is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the western state departments of agriculture to provide exporting resources to food and agriculture companies. Its FundMatch program reimburses 50 percent of fees to exhibit at trade shows such as Expo West and Fancy Foods. WUSATA’s Global Connect program supports…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, October 2, 2023

On Friday, September 25, 2023, CCOF hosted 150 of our closest friends, certified members, and organic movement leaders for a meal to celebrate 50 years of dedication to the organic certification movement in the United States. Sonoma Hills Farm provided an intimate, rustic setting for the gathering.  CCOF members left farms as far away as Mexico to help celebrate this special moment in time…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, September 25, 2023
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Mas Masumoto

Registration is now open for an event featuring CCOF-certified organic farmer and author Mas Masumoto discussing his new book, Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm. 

Mas will join CCOF via Zoom on October 4, from noon to 1 p.m. Pre-register online. Click on the “View the event” button in the EventBrite confirmation email, then click beneath the image to complete your registration with Zoom. Then you will be emailed a link to participate. 

Mas and his family grow delicious organic peaches, nectarines, and raisin grapes in…

Written by Rachel Witte on Tuesday, September 19, 2023
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50 reasons to choose organic

In the past 50 years since CCOF’s founding in 1973, research about organic has come a long way. We now know that the benefits of organic our founding members believed in so fiercely are backed by scientific data to have a measurable effect on the wellbeing of our planet, communities, and economy. 

Interested in digging deeper into the research on organic? Read our Roadmap to an Organic California: Benefits Report for more details and a robust list of references so you can explore the science yourself. 

Will you join us in choosing organic and supporting the multifaceted…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 18, 2023
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Compost

Sign up for Zero Foodprint’s Compost Connector program to receive $10 off per ton on your next compost purchase of up to 550 tons from an approved facility. 

To receive your reimbursement, begin by filling out an application on Zero Foodprint's website. After signing a contract, you will gain access to an online portal where you can start a claim to reserve compost discount credits. Use code FALLCOMPOST in your claim form to unlock a $10 per ton credit. This code is valid while funding lasts. 

Zero Foodprint launched Compost Connector in response to California Senate Bill…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, September 18, 2023
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Secret Harvests Cover

CCOF-certified organic farmer and author David Mas Masumoto will join CCOF via Zoom on October 4 from noon to 1 p.m. for a discussion of his new book Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm. Click here to register.

Mas and his family grow delicious organic peaches, nectarines, and raisin grapes in California’s Central Valley. Mas’ most well-known book, Epitaph for a Peach, explored the complexities of maintaining high-quality, heirloom fruit varieties in an era when convenience and the ability of fruits to be shipped are more highly valued…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, September 18, 2023
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California congressman Sam Farr and Mark Lipson in the early days of creating the organic standards

California congressman Sam Farr and Mark Lipson in the early days of creating the organic standards.

The Rodale Institute, a progenitor of the organic movement in the United States that built the scientific underpinnings of organic production, awarded Mark Lipson (CCOF’s first paid employee) the Organic Stewardship Award in a ceremony held at the Rodale research farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. 

Grounded by his home base at CCOF-certified Molino Creek Farm in Davenport, California—renowned for their dry-farmed organic tomatoes—Mark worked at CCOF from 1985 to 1993 and was…

Written by Hanali Lopez-Tapia on Monday, September 18, 2023
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Alba Land

Join the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) on October 7, 2023, for the annual Family Farm Day. There will be hayrides, carnival games, live art, a bouncy house, pumpkin decorations, and so much more. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a bounty of freshly harvested organic vegetables, strawberries, and more grown by ALBA farmers. This free event will be held in the organic farm training center nestled in the heart of the beautiful Salinas Valley. 

Event Information:

Date: October 7, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 1700 Old…