It's a Family Tradition

CCOF’s annual membership meeting will take place at the top of a series of anniversary events – Celebrating Forty Years of Growing Organic Agriculture. The meeting will be held 9:00–10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, January 23, in the Kiln Room at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. This meeting is an opportunity for CCOF members to meet with each other, CCOF staff, and board members to let us know what’s on your mind (there will be an open microphone!), so please join us!

As part of the celebration, you can take a walk down memory lane: either by joining the anniversary celebration (January 23, 5:00 – 6:00pm, Kiln Room at Asilomar), catching the feature story in this month’s Certified Organic magazine, or by adding your own memories in the comments of this post.

 Here’s a short excerpt from A Force to be Reckoned With –CCOF’s Role In the Organic Movement, this quarter’s feature article, presenting part of our story as told by feature writer Ellen Farmer and longtime CCOF member Bu Nygrens of Veritable Vegetable.

Like a carefully balanced soil mixture, CCOF has been crafted over the years by a diverse group of Idealists, iconoclasts, hard-working farmers, produce distributors, fraud detectives, media darlings, policy wonks, strict certification standard-bearers, community organizers, researchers, and educators.

Back in the day, CCOF functioned as a think tank for the entire organic agricultural movement,” says Bu Nygrens, purchasing manager for Veritable Vegetable, a certified organic handling and distribution company. “Many of the early chapter members and original staff have continued to be thought leaders for our burgeoning organic industry.”

Many more memories are recounted in the article, published in Certified Organic this month. We look forward to your comments!

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