Blog posts by Madelaine Baer

Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, February 12, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, policy


The CCOF team (including our office dogs!) are often clad head to toe in Patagonia gear. Patagonia is a company that we are proud to support given their commitment to using organic materials and food.    Patagonia is also a Visionary member of the CCOF Foundation, which works to advance organic agriculture for a healthy world. With their support, the CCOF Foundation runs a range of programs to support new and existing organic producers and to educate consumers about the importance of organic agriculture.    Patagonia is also a key partner in launching a new initiative: The Roadmap to an...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, January 22, 2018 on CCOF, events, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Matt Seeley (Left) and Tonya Antle (Center) of the Organic Produce Network present CCOF Foundation Chair Allen Harthorn (Center) and Cathy Calfo (Right) with donation for CCOF Foundation at the Organic Grower Summit We Are Organic dinner in Monterey, Ca   The CCOF Foundation was honored to host the We Are Organic dinner to kick off the sold-out inaugural Organic Grower Summit on December 13. The Organic Grower Summit was presented by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and CCOF.    The dinner was an opportunity to bring together more than 100 supporters of the CCOF Foundation to...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, December 12, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


On November 17, CCOF Foundation Trustees Allen Harthorn (Harpos Organics), Phil LaRocca (LaRocca Vineyards), and Malcolm Ricci (Bolthouse Farms), and CCOF staff Cathy Calfo, Jessy Beckett Parr, and Madelaine Baer visited with students, teachers, and parent volunteers at Pacific Elementary School in Davenport, California. All of Pacific School’s students are participating in the planting and care of a 16-tree organic fruit orchard, with a boost from their $1,000 grant from the 2016 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. The grant will cover the costs of tress, automated irrigation, and educational...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, February 1, 2016 on CCOF Foundation

The CCOF Foundation is thrilled to share our 2015 Annual Report: Growing Organic Futures. The report highlights our achievements over the past year, and shares the stories of the partners we worked with and the people we impacted. In 2015, we reached more than 135,000 organic farmers, teachers, students, and consumers. This would not have been possible without the strategic and financial support of our partners. We worked with more than 50 organizations to make grants to students and teachers of organic agriculture, educate new and existing organic farmers, provide hardship assistance to...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, December 14, 2015 on CCOF Foundation


Do you want to live in a world where organic is the norm? We do too! At the CCOF Foundation, we train new organic farmers, support those who already farm organically, and remind shoppers why they should always buy certified organic. Over the course of 2015, we reached more than 135,000 organic farmers, teachers, students, and consumers. Here’s what we have achieved this year in our four program areas: Future Organic Farmer Grant FundWe make grants directly to students and teachers of organic agriculture. In 2015, we reached 4,500 teachers, students, and their families.  Organic Training...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, September 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


The CCOF Foundation and UNFI Foundation were thrilled to host the First Annual Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Dinner in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, September 17. Cathy Calfo, CCOF’s Executive Director/CEO, and Melody Meyer, the UNFI Foundation’s Executive Director, hosted CCOF Board Members, grant fund supporters, and two grant fund recipients for an organic dinner at Forno Restaurant and Wine Bar. Calfo and Meyer spoke about the impetus for the fund—the aging farmer population and the lack of educational and financial resources to train new organic farmers—and how they raised $50,000...