One of the exciting things about CCOF’s 50th birthday is that many of our long-time members are celebrating milestone birthdays, too! One of those members is Mark Neal, from Neal Family Vineyards. Next year will mark 40 years of Mark farming organic grapes at the prestigious Martha’s Vineyard in Napa, California.
Erin Raser of Far West Fungi and Jeffrey Chean of Groundwork Coffee Roasters recently were appointed by Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross to the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC).
Raser and Chean join other CCOF-certified members who have been appointed to COPAC, including CCOF Board Chair Philip LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards, Kaley Grimland of Sol Seeker Farm, Blake Alexandre of Alexandre Family Farm, David Will of Pierce Egg Co., and Amanda Felder of Taylor Farms/Earthbound Farm.
Twenty years ago, one year after the USDA National Organic Standards were enacted, CCOF member Whole Foods Market became the first ever certified organic national retailer. Doing so made Whole Foods a trailblazer in organic retail, setting the stage for other retailers—large and small—to follow.
This fall season, join the CCOF Foundation in honoring the dedication, triumphs, and challenges organic farmers experience when growing our food. As we begin to gather in community around various fall and winter holidays, let us all remember to thank a farmer for our delicious and healthy organic meals.
Yadira Mendiola, Queen of Vegetables farm owner and operator, welcomed us onto her farm to experience a day in her life.
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.
We are looking for certified organic businesses across the country that are interested in hosting CCOF staff for CCOF’s Extended Education Program. Eligible activities for staff include volunteering on organic farms and ranches, assisting with education programs, and more.
With over 250 submissions representing some of the finest cannabis and cultivators throughout California, CCOF is especially glad to congratulate three of our OCal certified producers who won 2023 awards:
Written by Aaron McAfee, CCOF Fresno/Tulare Chapter President
I have excellent news to deliver, straight from the local organic legend himself, the great Tom Willey.
Tom shared with us that Fresno State has officially announced the hire of Dr. Sangeeta Bansal for the position of Professor of Soil Health at California State University, Fresno.
National Organic Program Deputy Administrator Dr. Jennifer Tucker provided an overview of organic compliance and enforcement during CCOF’s At-Large Chapter meeting on June 7. The meeting was held via Zoom and a recording may be viewed on CCOF’s YouTube channel.