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Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, December 16, 2019 on CCOF


Holidays

Thank you for your support of organic in 2019!  As you gather close to family this time of year, CCOF staff will be doing the same. Please note that the CCOF office will be closed from December 24 through January 1. We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests right away when we return. Happy holidays.
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 16, 2019 on education, events, general organic, producer

California Food Producers’ Starting a Specialty Food Business Course will cover the basics of product development, food safety, processing options, marketing, and cost analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with university and industry specialists to learn the fundamentals of how to create a successful specialty food business. Participants will receive a course manual, USB flash drive with additional resources, and a certificate of completion from the University of California, Davis department of food science and technology.   This course is for anyone beginning or...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, December 16, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Kathryn Doonan

I am a double major with Organic and Sustainable Agriculture and Basic Medical Science at Washington State University. I have been farming regularly for seven years and helped on my family’s ranch even beforehand. I come from thirteen generations of American farmers, and I am proud to continue the legacy of producing food for the nation. I am currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Food Systems and I hope to attend medical school after I complete my undergraduate studies. My goal is to further the vertical integration of food production and healthcare to show how...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, December 9, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, food safety, general organic

The National Young Farmers Coalition released a produce safety video entitled “Not Going Viral!” on its YouTube channel earlier this year. The video spotlights several strategies used by small farmers, including Quail Hill Farm and Rock Steady Farm & Flowers, to ensure the wellbeing of their farm and consumers.  The video reviews the different types of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that live on farms. Some are good, even essential, but others are dangerous and can affect consumers’ health. It also discusses how Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to mitigate...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 9, 2019 on food safety, general organic

Developing and implementing food safety plans (required under the Food Safety Modernization Act) can be challenging. Knowledge related to the overall food quality assurance system can enhance the development and implementation of food safety plans by food processors. The goal of this webinar series is to connect concepts and components of food quality assurance programs to food safety. The webinars will be hosted live by Dr. Linda J. Harris, Dr. Erin DiCaprio, and Dr. Luxin Wang from the department of food science and technology at the University of California, Davis. Four webinars will be...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, December 9, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Kate Sabino

I am currently a Dairy Grazing Apprentice on Moore Farms, an organic grass-fed dairy in southern New York. Over the last four years, I have worked on seven dairies in five Northeastern states, trying to learn as much as I can about different grazing systems and farming models. As an apprentice, I'm excited to be enrolled in a comprehensive farmer training program. Throughout the next two years of my apprenticeship, I will also be conducting on-farm research that investigates the soil biology of our perennial pastures.  Congratulations Kate! Please join us in congratulating the recipients of...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 2, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Celsa Ortega

This season of giving, I’d like to ask you to consider a gift to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund through an incredible matching opportunity in partnership with Patagonia Action Works. Your gift will be doubled, resulting in changed lives such as that of Celsa Ortega. Thirteen years ago, Celsa was living in her home community in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her family farmed there without added chemicals, using integrated natural systems to promote healthy soil and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. When she immigrated to the United States, Celsa never imagined she could have her own organic farm...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, December 2, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic, help and tips

Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a webinar on December 10 that provides a practical introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), a crop insurance option for diversified organic farms and ranches. In this webinar you will learn what information you need to apply for WFRP, assess if this crop insurance product is right for your farming operation, and learn how the documentation you keep for organic certification can support your application. Crop insurance is just one of many tools to manage the risks of an organic farming business...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, December 2, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic


Ignacio Mendoza

Monday, December 2 is the final day to purchase tickets to attend the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit (OGS). If you’re attending OGS, you will not want to be without a seat to this beautiful event.  The California Strawberry Commission recently produced this video about CCOF-certified organic farmer José Mendoza and his family. José’s son Ignacio was the first in his family to attend college, and we are proud to support his education through the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. Ignacio will be joining us as a speaker for the evening, building upon the legacy set forth by...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 2, 2019 on CCOF, general organic, producer

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will mail letters with survey codes this December to more than 22,000 U.S. producers involved in certified or transitioning to certified organic farming for the 2019 Organic Survey. Each producer who self-reported organic farming in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will receive a unique survey code to respond conveniently online and to be represented in this very important, once-every-five-year data. "The latest Census of Agriculture results show continued interest in organic agriculture among consumers, producers, and businesses,” said...
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 Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, December 2, 2019 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Joseph Malone

I am an agroecology student at West Virginia University and I also work at the WVU Organic Research Farm.  This grant will be used to further my study of agroecological principles and rural development at West Virginia University, and the WVU Organic Research Farm.  My goals are to find the sustainable management practices, crops, and rotations that are best suited to the unique farming conditions found here in the Mountain State.  It is my firm conviction that small scale sustainable agriculture is the key to rebuilding West Virginia and its proud people in a post-coal world.  The decline of...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 25, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF, education, events, general organic

Since the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal, there has been a lot of excitement about the growing hemp marketplace. Hemp is an incredibly sustainable crop that builds soil, requires little to no pesticides, and only requires about a third of the water that is used to grow corn. The right varieties of hemp can even offer producers two harvests from one crop—the seed can be processed for oil, and the fiber can be used for textiles and manufacturing. Hemp has the potential to provide a lot of opportunities for growers, processors, the economy, and the environment. Learn more at the...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, November 25, 2019 on education, events, food safety, general organic

The organic community on the Central Coast of California and beyond are gearing up for a fruitful exchange of ideas, contacts, and networking at this year’s Organic Grower’s Summit (OGS), hosted by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network, in Monterey, California on December 4-5, 2019. This year is lining up to be a great one with an action-packed line up of speakers, dinners, and extensive exhibition trade show floor. If you haven’t registered, now is the time to reserve your spot!  CCOF is proud to be a part of this year’s summit, as we are hosting and speaking on multiple panels. Please join...
Written by Jacob Guth on Monday, November 25, 2019 on CCOF, education, events, international, organic market, services


CCOF Food Safety

Register now for the GLOBALG.A.P. IHT, Capacity Building, and Farm Assurer Workshop-HPSS, hosted at the CCOF office in Santa Cruz, California on December 17-19, 2019. CCOF is hosting the GLOBALG.A.P. experts for an in-depth review of the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS), with two days of classroom education and one day of on-farm mock inspection using the HPSS.   Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to advance your Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) skills with the GLOBALG.A.P. IHT, Capacity Building and Farm Assurer Workshop-HPSS. Learn everything about the GLOBALG.A.P. System and...

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