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CCOF Foundation Hosts Food Safety Workshops for Produce Growers at Three California Locations

On Monday, produce growers from across Northern California gathered in Sacramento for a workshop on on-farm food safety.

Taught by Atina Diffley—organic farmer and author of the book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works—workshop participants put together action plans to address food safety on their individual operations. In building their plans, growers considered market needs, as well as the new federal food safety regulations.

CCOF Hosts Webinar on Methods for Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening

Join farmer-educator Christof Bernau from the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday, February 24, from 12-1 p.m. for a free webinar on farm-based experiential education. Bernau will discuss ways to use an array of strategies to engage your audience; build student, intern and apprentice capacity; and grow the next generation of farmers.

CCOF’s Val Davis to Present at Holistic Management International’s Cultivating Community Conference

Join CCOF to hear about the costs and benefits of organic certification at the Holistic Management International’s (HMI) Cultivating Community conference in Paicines, California, on October 16.

The conference will offer thought-provoking presentations, on-the-ranch learning, unforgettable landscapes, and local, nutritious food.

Some of the many topics include:

CDFA and Israeli Ministry of Ag to Co-Host Forum on Water and Agriculture

One year after California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross led a delegation to Israel on a California Climate-Smart Agriculture Policy Mission, CDFA and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a forum on water and agriculture.

CDFA Announces Grant Funding Available for Healthy Soils Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The program provides funding for incentivizing and demonstrating soil health practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, and improve soil health. 
 
The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects.
 

Complimentary “Why Buy Certified Organic?” Postcards – Get Them While They Last!

Are your customers confused about what “certified organic” means and why it’s important? CCOF’s popular Why Buy Certified Organic? cards will help educate your customers. Consumers are increasingly conscious about the quality and origins of the food they purchase. However in today’s market, with so many choices, it can be challenging to make informed decisions. These cards explain what “certified organic” means, and name the top reasons to buy certified organic foods.

Costco Sponsoring "Meet the Farmer" At Organic Grower Summit 2017

Organic Grower Summit

 

Organic Grower Summit 2017

December 13-14
Hyatt Regency Monterey

Deadline Approaching for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Applications!

Interested in teaching or pursuing a career in organic agriculture? Apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant!

Are you a certified K-8 teacher in the United States interested in bringing organic agriculture into your classroom? If so, please apply for one of our $1,000 Look at Agriculture…Organically! grants for organic education. Find the application details on the California Ag in the Classroom website. Applications close May 15, 2017.

Don’t Miss the First Organic Grower Summit this December

Powered by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and CCOF, the Organic Grower Summit is connecting organic growers and producers with supply chain and service providers. Join us December 13-14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

For two days in Monterey, organic growers, producers, and processors will gather for information, education, and networking with the entire organic production supply chain. If you’re a supplier, service provider, equipment manufacturer, packaging company, or technology company, you won’t want to miss your customers at this event. 

EcoFarm Pre-Conference on Planning for Succession

Many organic farmers will retire in the next 10 years and are struggling with the questions: “How can I retire and how will I pass my knowledge to the next generation?” At the same time, young farmers are asking, “How can I get started, and build on what the elders have accomplished?”

We invite farmers of all generations to join California FarmLink, CCOF, and organic industry partners to explore options and learn about farmland and business succession strategies.

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