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Meet VPI South, Vermont School for Girls & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Vermont School for Girls
VPI South, Vermont School for Girls is a nonprofit therapeutic school for girls ages 8 through 18 with complex trauma. They used grant funding to install an organic aromatherapy herbal garden and sensory pathway. The school’s goal was to add another level of healing for their students. After installing the sensory garden, the girls were able to visualize even more opportunities for organic living. They brainstormed what this would look like and used remaining funds to install an aquaponic system where fish waste will nourish the organic plants grown for aromatherapy.

Meet Washington Elementary & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Ely Memorial School Cucumber check
Students from Washington Elementary learned about beekeeping from a local beekeeper. The project began with a presentation during the Arthropoda section of the science class. Forty students learned about the activities of the Ely Area Bee Club as well as scientific facts about bees. Participating students visited the apiary for weekly hive checks. Although the club's hives did not produce enough honey to harvest this year, the students were taught how to harvest honey during a Save the Bees weekend course given by the Ely Folk School.

New CCOF Foundation Webpages

The CCOF Foundation is excited to unveil new and improved webpages within the ccof.org site. Visit us and check out the in-depth description of our four programs (Future Farmer Grant Fund, Organic Training Institute, Consumer Education, and Bricmont Hardship Assistance). Visit the Organic Training Institute events page where you can register for upcoming field days, workshops, and webinars.

New Date – Innovative Direct Marketing Webinar for Farmers in Light of COVID-19

We changed the date of our Innovative Direct Marketing Webinar for farmers. The new date for the webinar broadcast is May 26, 2020.
 
Innovative direct marketing can keep your farm business viable in fast changing times.

Northern California Fire Relief Efforts

CCOF is deeply concerned about the impact the fires are having on many of our members in Northern California. In response to this devastating tragedy that has taken too many lives, homes, acres, and decades’ worth of work and devotion, CCOF is taking measures to help affected members. 
 

One Focus: Organic — CCOF's 2017 Annual Report

Dear CCOF members and supporters,
 
In 2017, we helped 5,227 students and teachers get funding for organic education, helped 71 members engage with influencing policies for organic, and provided organic certification for 3,537 organic farmers and businesses—all with one focus: advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world. 
 
CCOF’s fully organic focus is powered by the certified organic farmers, ranchers, processors, and handlers who govern our organization.

Only a Few “Why Buy Certified Organic?” Postcards Still Available

Consumers are more food-conscious than ever before and want to make smart choices by buying healthy food for their families. However, food labels and seals can be confusing, misleading, and sometimes even false. As competing eco-labels continue to saturate the marketplace – from “Non-GMO” to “All Natural” – shoppers are becoming more confused about what is the best choice. Learn about why organic is non-GMO and more.

Organic 101 Webinar for Small and Midsized Crop Producers

Are you interested in growing organically, but mystified by the organic certification process? 
 
Join the CCOF Foundation on Monday, October 14 for a webinar that will explain the benefits, costs, and steps of the organic certification process for growers who market directly to consumers. 
 
Some local producers grow and sell organic crops to increase their revenue.

Organic Certification 101 Webinar for Farmers’ Market Managers

Join the CCOF Foundation and the California Alliance of Farmers' Markets this summer for a series of webinars about organic certification geared specifically for farmers’ market managers. 
 
Our fist webinar—Organic Certification 101 on July 22—will review the basics of organic certification for farms and highlight organic best practices for farmers’ ma

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