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Thank You from the CCOF Foundation for a Successful 2015!

Do you want to live in a world where organic is the norm? We do too!

At the CCOF Foundation, we train new organic farmers, support those who already farm organically, and remind shoppers why they should always buy certified organic. Over the course of 2015, we reached more than 135,000 organic farmers, teachers, students, and consumers. Here’s what we have achieved this year in our four program areas:

The Benefits of Supporting the CCOF Foundation

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Photo: Haleigh Jones, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grant recipient
 
You may have heard of the CCOF Foundation or our Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund or Organic Training Institute.

The CCOF Foundation Can Make it Easier for Organic Producers to Survive

Left photo: Me, spending my Saturday mornings selling our produce at the Davis Farmers’ Market. My parents and fellow graduate students founded the market in 1976. Right photo: My parents, Kathleen Barsotti and Martin Barnes, strolling the farm.

The CCOF Foundation Honors Dr. Karen Klonsky as Organic Champion

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Dr. Karen Klonsky spent a lifetime championing organic. The CCOF Foundation will honor her work and spirit at the CCOF Foundation Feast on December 4 at the Organic Grower Summit. 
 
Klonsky was a University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). For 35 years, Klonsky collaborated with both Californian and international agricultural stakeholders.

The Farm Project’s Jacob Pechenik to Keynote CCOF Foundation Feast at OGS

Jacob Pechenik, photographed by Claire Schaper
Photo credit: Claire Schaper and Max Wanger
 
Jacob Pechenik of The Farm Project and Lettuce Grow will keynote the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit.

The Path to an Organic Future – CCOF’s 2018 Annual Report

Dear CCOF Members and Supporters,

It is with great pleasure and honor that I write to you as CCOF’s new CEO. Since assuming the role in January, I’ve been continually inspired by CCOF’s many accomplishments over 2018, which you helped make a reality. I’m no stranger to the strength of CCOF’s incredible membership of organic farmers, professionals, and supporters, and I’m excited to harness the power of this unique community to continue laying the path to an organic future.

USDA Disaster Relief Available in Some California Counties

Enrollment for the USDA Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) began on September 11, 2019. More than $3 billion is available for producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. Producers in 29 California counties are eligible for relief, including prevented planting payments for those unable to plant eligible crops in 2019.

Webinar on Disaster Preparedness for Livestock Operations

Livestock

With wildfires and other natural disasters becoming more common, disaster preparedness is an important part of running a sustainable livestock operation. Join the CCOF Foundation on February 11 for a webinar that highlights best management practices that organic livestock operations can take to be prepared in the event of a disaster. This webinar will also review USDA risk management and disaster assistance programs that aid farmers and ranchers in recovering from a disaster after it has occurred.

Webinar on FSMA Basics for Small to Medium-Sized Produce Farms

Not sure what the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) means for your small or medium-sized organic farm?

Webinar on Pathways to Farm Ownership

Pathways
Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs and sky-high land prices in places like California, it often doesn't make sense to purchase property before starting your farm business.

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