Blog posts by Rachel Witte

Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, December 2, 2019 on CCOF, general organic, marketing

Each edition of Certified Organic magazine is packed with up-to-date information for the organic enthusiast, including engaging feature articles, client spotlights, certification news, advocacy updates, events, producer resources/tips, and more. Browse the most recent issue! A $12 annual subscription to Certified Organic includes two beautiful, informative copies of the magazine delivered to your mailbox each year. A subscription is also a great gift for the organic enthusiast in your life, or a yearly gift to your local school’s agricultural program. Visit our store to purchase your...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, November 4, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic, policy

Walk the halls of the Golden State Capitol with CCOF as we sow the seeds for a nationwide movement. At our Rooting for Organic advocacy day on February 19, 2020 in Sacramento, California, stakeholders from across the organic sector will advocate for policies that support the growth of organic agriculture and increase access to organic foods. Together, we will showcase a model for advancing organic with policies that combat climate change; stimulate local economies; and enhance the health of farmers, farmworkers, and diverse consumers around the world.  Your voice and expertise can drive...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, September 9, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, general organic

The deadline is coming up to apply for a seat on CCOF’s Certification Services, LLC Committee. This is your chance to contribute to the organic community. CCOF members, this is your opportunity to help us recruit someone you trust to oversee your certification business! Applications are due October 11. The CCOF Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals for appointment to the LLC Management Committee, which they will review at their November meeting. The LLC Management Committee is appointed by the board and has the responsibility to control and manage the business and...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, September 9, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, events, general organic

Santa Cruz local and author Jonathan Franzen presented the keynote talk at CCOF member the Homeless Garden Project’s August 24 Sustain Supper. You can now read his speech in The New Yorker! About the Homeless Garden Project, he said, "In Santa Cruz, where I live, there’s an organization called the Homeless Garden Project. [. . .] It can’t 'solve' the problem of homelessness, but it’s been changing lives, one at a time, for nearly thirty years. Supporting itself in part by selling organic produce, it contributes more broadly to a revolution in how we think about people in need, the land we...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, August 12, 2019 on


Garden Sign

Want to add some bee-lightful décor to your organic garden, while also preventing pesticide sprays? Our organic garden sign is the perfect addition to your own organic oasis. We’re retiring this friendly bee sign, so now’s the time to order yours. Get it today at a discounted price before it’s gone!     
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, July 29, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, general organic

Are you a member of the organic food industry, but not certified by CCOF? Do you want to get involved with CCOF at the governance level? Are you a CCOF member who knows someone who may fit these criteria? The CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors is seeking applications from individuals for appointment to the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee, which they will review at their November meeting. The LLC Management Committee is appointed by the board and has the responsibility to control and manage the business and affairs of CCOF Certification Services, LLC. The board looks for...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, December 11, 2017 on CCOF

As you gather close to family this time of year, our staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed on the following dates: Monday, December 25 – Monday, December 29 New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1   We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return.   Thank you for your support of organic in 2017! Happy holidays!  
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, October 30, 2017 on general organic, grower, handler, marketing

Need to restock your supply of produce stickers or twist ties that identify your products as CCOF-certified organic? Want to gift an organic garden sign to a loved one this holiday season? Looking for a new hat to keep next summer’s sun out of your eyes? Now’s the time to make your purchases from the CCOF store!    From November 1 until December 31, 2017, enjoy our gift of 15% off all CCOF merchandise in the CCOF Store! Enter code GIFT15 at checkout to apply the discount to your order. 
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, December 19, 2016 on CCOF

As you gather close to family this time of year, our staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed for the holidays from December 26th through December 30th. We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return. Thank you for your support of organic in 2016! Happy holidays!
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, November 28, 2016 on CCOF

As the organic movement grows, CCOF follows – we’re looking for passionate, talented individuals to help us support the organic community. From certifying farms and products, to engaging in organic advocacy, to helping the CCOF Foundation make a difference, there are a multitude of ways to get involved with organic at CCOF. Apply for one of our open positions, or spread the word to qualified individuals you know who would be great additions to our team. We are accepting applications for the following positions: Handler Certification Specialist CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) seeks two...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, September 19, 2016 on CCOF

Back by popular demand, our black trucker-style hats featuring a “Support Organic Farmers” CCOF patch on the front are in stock in the CCOF store! This style has been incredibly popular–so act fast. These hats are black organic cotton twill with a foam front, flat bill, and mesh back. One size fits all. Get one for your favorite farmer or organic supporter today!
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, June 20, 2016 on advocacy, policy

This week the California State Legislature sent the fiscal year 2016-17 budget to Governor Jerry Brown without deciding how the state would spend billions in climate change investments. Among the programs waiting for a decision on funding are the Healthy Soils Initiative, the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), the Dairy Methane Program, and the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program. What gives? The cap-and-trade program was created under California’s climate change law, AB 32. Cap-and-trade limits greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the biggest polluters in...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, June 20, 2016 on advocacy, policy, State Organic Program

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) is a 15-member committee that advises the California Secretary of Agriculture on California’s State Organic Program’s enforcement activities. The members are made up of six producers (at least one producer of meat, fowl, fish, dairy products, or eggs); two processors; one wholesale distributor; two consumer representatives; one environmental representative; two technical representatives with scientific credentials related to agricultural chemicals, toxicology, or food science; and one retail representative. Each member on the...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, February 22, 2016 on advocacy, biodiversity, NOP, policy

On January 15 of this year, the National Organic Program (NOP) announced the final guidance on Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation for Certified Organic Operations. The guidance addresses one of the core principles of organic production: conserving natural resources and biodiversity. The USDA organic regulations require certified producers to maintain or improve natural resources on their farms. This guidance provides certifiers and certified producers with examples of production practices that support conservation principles and also comply with the NOP regulations. It also...
Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, February 8, 2016 on CCOF

Learn more about CCOF in a video and interview with our Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo, created by the Santa Cruz Economic Development Office. The video also features our friend Jeff Larkey at Route 1 Farms and scenes from the bustling Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Market, where a number of CCOF members represent organic and sell their beautiful produce. Watch the video to find out more about CCOF’s history, role in the Santa Cruz community, and the driving force behind our passion for organic. “CCOF does this work because we really believe that organic is the right way to produce food....

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