In June we learned that Stellar Certification Services—the organic certification arm of the Biodynamic certifier, Demeter USA—would surrender its accreditation. We quickly forged a partnership with Demeter and worked to provide an orderly process and safe option for Stellar’s certified organic operations. This process has been heartwarming and positive as we’ve gotten to know the dedicated organic farmers and processors involved.
Our partnership with Demeter continues as we work with their inspectors to perform dual organic and Biodynamic inspections. Initially we thought we’d only achieve this in 2019, but with hard work and determination, we found opportunities in 2018 and performed a number of these inspections as early as July!
Now, as we move forward, we wish to extend our warmest welcome to formerly Stellar-certified operations. Now that you’re a part of CCOF, we invite you to get engaged with our membership opportunities, chapters, and other events, such as the CCOF annual meeting and conference next February. Visit www.ccof.org/chapters for more information on how to get involved with your local chapter.