Blog posts by Molly Nakahara

Written by Molly Nakahara on Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Are you headed to the 44th Annual EcoFarm Conference? Schedule your free, one-on-one consultation with an organic expert and get answers to all your certification questions while you are attending the conference! On behalf of the CCOF Foundation, Jamie Collins, organic farmer and long-time organic inspector, will be hosting Organic Office Hours throughout the entire EcoFarm conference as a part of the “Meet the Experts” sessions.  Email Jamie at organictransitionprogram@gmail.com to reserve a private consultation.  These consultations are available to producers and other ag professionals…
Written by Molly Nakahara on Tuesday, November 28, 2023

If you’re transitioning to organic production, you don’t have to do it alone.  Producers interested in implementing organic practices and achieving organic certification can now be connected with an experienced organic producer mentor for on-the-ground learning, real-time support, and guidance. Learn more and apply at www.organictransition.org. The benefits of organic are vast; from accessing new markets and securing better prices to increasing a farm’s positive climate impact to creating healthier workplaces for farm families and farmworkers, organic is the right choice for many producers…
Written by Molly Nakahara on Monday, September 11, 2023

Farm tour of Vang Farms, photo by Molly Nakahara On the outskirts of Merced, California, tucked in between acres of feed corn and walnuts, is an oasis of crop diversity, a 15-acre farm growing over 30 crops for local markets. Owner–operator Latsamee “Mee” Moua shares that her business, Vang Farms, is known at the farmers’ market for having unique, often hard-to-find crops beloved by Southeast Asian communities. From okra grown for its tender, edible leaves; to jicama, the nitrogen-fixing legume grown for its crunchy tuber and towering trellises of sem beans, their pungent flowers swarming…
Written by Molly Nakahara on Monday, September 11, 2023

Curious about what it takes to transition your operation to organic? Or are you a newly certified producer with questions on how to stay in compliance? Just ask Jamie!  Join weekly Zooms with organic expert Jamie Collins of Serendipity Farms. Learn about organic certification, organic system plans (OSPs), how to get certified, and more. All questions and experience levels welcome! Se habla Español. Join office hours any and every Tuesday, 11 a.m. to noon  Zoom link: https://ccof.zoom.us/j/81895267381 Meeting ID: 818 9526 7381 Check the CCOF calendar for upcoming Organic Office Hours.…