From Field to Forum

Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, August 24, 2015 on genetic engineering, Non-GMO & More seal

On August 19, NPR’s Morning Edition aired a story about non-GMO labeling and ecolabel marketing. Our Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo was interviewed for the story, and commented on the benefits of certified organic. Read or listen to the full story on the NPR website.CCOF’s “Organic is Non-GMO & More” label mentioned in the article is available for all CCOF-certified organic products! Learn more at www.ccof.org/non-gmo.
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 17, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. James HarrisUC Santa Cruz, Center for...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 10, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Anthony Boyd

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr. Appalachian...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 10, 2015 on chapters

In May, CCOF members in Mexico formed a new CCOF chapter. As their first order of business, the Mexico Chapter members elected the following chapter leaders:President: Esteban Macías Padilla, Grupo UVice President: Daniela Robles, Grupo AltaSecretary: Dante Gutiérrez Medina, Berrymex Baja CaliforniaTreasurer: Lois Christie, Christie Organic Consultants, Inc., and Tequila SauzaBoard Representative: Eduardo Morales, Promotora Agrícola El Toro Carmela Beck, National Organic Program Manager with Driscoll’s and a key organizer of the Mexico Chapter, commented, “Driscoll’s applauds CCOF’s efforts...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 10, 2015 on financial assistance, policy

CCOF is continuing to search for feedback from farmers who have experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).If you have experience with CSP or are interested in the program, please take a few minutes to complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSP_Survey_Feedback.This is a busy time of year, and we greatly appreciate any feedback. The results of this survey will help make CSP more accessible to farmers.What is the Conservation Stewardship Program? CSP is a national conservation program administered by the USDA’s...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 10, 2015 on policy, research

If you haven’t had the opportunity to weigh in on Organic Research Priorities using the Organic Farming Research Foundation's (OFRF) national survey, we highly recommend doing so. The confidential survey asks for data on farm size, production, and location; detailed information about organic farming challenges; and farmers’ most pressing information needs on topics such as pest control, soil health, water conservation strategies, pesticide drift, and GMO contamination of organic crops.In addition to the OFRF national survey, CCOF is conducting in-person focus groups with CCOF chapters across...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 3, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Sean Beagle

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders.  The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Sean Beagle University of Colorado,...
Written by Tami Weiss on Monday, August 3, 2015 on food safety

Now is a great time to start thinking about your food safety plan! These two-day workshops will utilize the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standards and the Produce Safety Standard (PSS) for North American suppliers, i.e., the Harmonized Standards. Through lecture, individualized instruction, sample documents, and small group activities, you will learn about the key elements in a food safety plan, how to create the documents necessary for a food safety plan, and how to successfully host a food safety audit. Join us at one of three trainings this year:Bakersfield, CA – September 9-10 2015Stockton, CA –...
Written by Jon Knapp on Monday, July 27, 2015 on member news


Green Smoothies

Organic green smoothie company Green Mustache was founded by a mother who struggled to incorporate more vegetables into her three-year-old’s diet, a challenge faced by many parents. When a routine check-up revealed that her child was lacking vital nutrients, Green Mustache’s founder and CEO VanTrang Manges started hiding dark green veggies in smoothies where the taste could be easily camouflaged. From that point on, Manges built up a business creating smoothies for children—and adults too!Green Mustache has six product offerings that all include two cups of kale and spinach and one serving of...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, July 27, 2015 on events


Corn Field

The 2015 Hoes Down Harvest Festival will take place at Full Belly Farm on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 in the agriculturally diverse Capay Valley. The festival is a celebration of the end of the harvest season, where over 5,000 people from across the state come together to experience the joys of an organic family farm, attend educational tours and workshops, and celebrate with an abundance of food and music. Participants can even camp overnight on Saturday at Full Belly Farm!The main festival and activities occur on the first day of the festival on Saturday, October 3. Attendees...
Written by Jane Sooby on Friday, July 17, 2015 on policy, research

Please take a few moments to respond to the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s (OFRF) National Survey of Organic Farmers. Widespread participation by organic farmers across the country will ensure that all types and scales of certified organic production are reflected in the survey’s results. Responses will be accepted through August 30.A link to the survey was distributed via email to every certified organic farmer in the United States with an email address, so follow the link you received or access the survey at http://opinion.wsu.edu/agresearch/.The 34-question survey focuses on...
Written by Guest Blogger on Friday, July 17, 2015 on financial assistance, policy

CCOF is seeking the feedback of farmers who have experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Whether you are currently enrolled in CSP, have enrolled in the past, attempted to apply, or are just thinking about signing up, we want your input! We are looking for information such as personal experience with the program, barriers you have encountered, criticisms or praises, and any other relevant information. Contact Eric Cissna at ecissna@ccof.org to share your experiences.What is the Conservation Stewardship Program? CSP is a national...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 on rating system

Today CCOF and Whole Foods Market (WFM) jointly announced new changes to WFM’s Responsibly Grown rating program and its enrollment process for certified organic flower and produce farmers. These changes include allowing current organic vendors to suspend enrollment efforts until the end of this year, immediately relieving pressure for many small and medium sized producers. WFM also announced its intention to positively alter both the scoring and presentation of certified organic products, while committing to expanded dialogue about the program with vendors and other stakeholders. CCOF’s...
Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 on rating system

In May of this year, a group of five certified organic fruit and vegetable farmers, whose combined careers represent 147 years’ experience in biological agriculture, approached the nation’s largest USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certifier, CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), for help in defending our certified organic label’s value in a volatile marketplace.  This appeal was prompted by a recent rollout in 400 Whole Foods Market (WFM) stores. The nation’s iconic retailer of certified organic produce developed a proprietary fruit, vegetable, and flower rating system, known as...
Written by Laura McKissack on Monday, July 6, 2015 on cost share

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is still open for 2015 applications, but only a few months remain to apply for funds. Through this program, eligible operations will be reimbursed up to 75% of their organic certification costs, not to exceed $750, for each NOP scope of organic certification. Any operation that is located within the United States and received organic certification between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 may apply for reimbursement. The Cost Share application deadline is October 31, 2015. At this point, over 300 CCOF-certified members have applied....

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