Written by Jessy Beckett
on Monday, January 12, 2015
on assistance, education, foundation, funding, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund
The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with a mission to train future generations of American youth to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, their classes and clubs reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States. For the most part, these agriculturally-minded youth are trained in conventional agriculture. Now, through an innovative partnership with the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, FFA students will have access to funding for organic projects. Hear from the FFA grant recipients about...
Written by Kelly Damewood
on Monday, September 8, 2014
The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is accepting applications for its 2015 Apprenticeship Program. A range of scholarship funding is available for interested applicants, and the deadline to apply is September 30th.
The 2015 Apprenticeship Program
The Apprenticeship Program is a six-month, full-time residential training at the 30-acre organic farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus.
Each year, the apprenticeship program trains 39 adults in the concepts and practices of organic gardening and small-scale sustainable farming through...
Written by Jon Knapp
on Monday, July 28, 2014
on education, standards
Organic Education Solutions has teamed up with CCOF to offer the Keep It Organic DVD in our store.
The Keep It Organic DVD was developed by experienced organic industry experts at Organic Education Solutions to help companies improve their organic training program and compliance to the organic regulations and company SOPs.
The DVD provides tips and training tools to help your employees prevent common mistakes that compromise organic integrity and impact certification. The DVD complies with both USDA National Organic Program and Canadian Organic Product Regulations, and is presented in both...
Written by Jane Sooby
on Monday, June 23, 2014
on education, export, international
Learn how to grow your organic business by cutting the red tape of export requirements.
CCOF is partnering with the California Centers for International Trade Development to offer comprehensive training in exporting California specialty crops.
The course, CalAgX, consists of a series of six half-day sessions and will be held at three locations, Sacramento, Clovis, and Lancaster, starting August 5 and ending September 25 (see schedule). The program is aimed at businesses new to exporting.
CCOF Operations and International Programs Specialist Gamai Gregory will be presenting information on...
Written by Jane Sooby
on Thursday, April 24, 2014
Where would you go to college if you wanted to become an organic farmer?
There’s a lot to be said for the “school of hard knocks” and experience from which most of the world’s farmers graduate in order to become successful. The rare individual who grows up on a family farm is raised to appreciate the work ethic and practical savvy it takes to run a farm business. At the same time, the intimate knowledge of the hard labor and long hours that it takes to farm successfully often turns farm kids toward other careers. Rural America can also hold less attraction for many young people who prefer to...