Blog posts by Shawna Rodgers

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, April 23, 2018 on general organic, materials and inputs


“We want to put another dollar in the pockets of farmers.”  - Brian Dawson, Founder of HarvestPort   HarvestPort (a Visionary Level supporter of the CCOF Foundation) supports CCOF’s mission to educate future organic farmers, help consumers understand organic, assist organic farmers in need, and provide ongoing training for organic professionals. You may know HarvestPort from their groundbreaking work as a shared economy platform. What you may not know, however, is that CEO Brian Dawson and co-founder Chad Hokama have since found another way to serve the agricultural community. HarvestPort is...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, April 2, 2018 on CCOF, general organic, research


Photo Courtesy of Mycological Natural Products   An organic hotspot is defined as a county with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have a high level of organic activity. In a recent Pennsylvania State University study, agricultural economist Professor Edward Jaenicke released his findings that organic hotspots increase median household income by over $2,000 annually while simultaneously decreasing local poverty rates by as much as 1.35 percent. Professor Jaenicke shared his discoveries at our CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference last month, but the CCOF...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, March 26, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

With fewer young people going into agriculture, many agricultural experts and sector leaders are concerned about the future of American farming. New organic farmers and entrepreneurs are needed to meet the demand for organic products that are healthy for both people and the planet. The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund helps grow the next generation of farmers by providing financial support for organic education from kindergarten through college! As of March 22, 2018, the CCOF Foundation is grateful and excited to welcome the following new supporters of the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, March 19, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, events, general organic, grower, regulatory

The CCOF Foundation’s Organic Training Institute (OTI) is offering food safety workshops throughout 2018 that meet the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training requirement for produce growers.  Our most recent workshop was held near Fresno, California earlier this month.    FSMA is the first major overhaul to food safety regulations since 1938 and includes new regulations that directly impact growers of fresh produce. Produce farms that gross between $250,000-$500,000 in annual sales may be required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule to have a supervisor attend a Produce Safety Alliance (...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, March 19, 2018 on general organic, research


Blue House Farm in Pescadero, California   We recently held our annual meeting in Sacramento, California, to discuss the latest topics, trends, and challenges currently testing the world of organic agriculture. The theme was Organic Hotspots: Revitalizing Rural America, drawn from Professor Edward C. Jaenicke’s exciting research about the correlation between organic agricultural activity and economic development. Pennsylvania State University’s Jaenicke and co-author Julia Marasteanu’s research papers reveal exciting discoveries for the economies, communities, and people living near clusters...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Sophia Schlentz, Ava Mosely, Melody Meyer, Karen Ross, Bennie Hesser   On February 22, the CCOF Foundation raised a glass to our 2018 Organic Champion Award recipient Melody Meyer and our collective support of the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund at our annual CCOF Foundation Feast.    Guests enjoyed an organic and locally sourced meal, along organic beer and wine generously donated by Bonterra Organic Vineyards and CCOF Board Representative Ted Vivatson of Eel River Brewing. Organic flowers from Javier Zamora at CCOF-certified JSM Organics and citrus donated from CCOF Board Representative...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation

Santa Cruz, California is a unique place. Nestled between redwood trees and a vast ocean coastline, those who have the privilege to live and work in Santa Cruz cherish its community. Although technically a city, Santa Cruz has a small-town vibe: local businessowners create lasting relationships with their patrons and give back wherever possible. One such local business, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (SCM Brew), likes to give back with an event called Thank You Thursday.   At this weekly fundraiser, SCM Brew donates one dollar for every beer sold to a local nonprofit. The CCOF Foundation is very...

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