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Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 10, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Lehia Apana

Lehia Apana and her husband own a three-acre property in Waiehu on the island of Maui. This small town is part of a larger area that was historically considered Maui's "breadbasket" because of its food abundance. When Apana and her husband purchased their property about one year ago, it was covered in eight-foot-tall guinea grass. As they cleared the land to prepare for farming, they were surprised and delighted to find that the traditional-style terraces used for growing kalo (taro) were still intact! As a Native Hawaiian, Apana understands that kalo is more than food—it’s identity. The...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 3, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


John Gove

John Gove grew up on a small, diverse vegetable farm and will be the seventh generation of his family to take it over. Throughout his first year studying horticultural science, vegetable and fruit production, and sustainability at Michigan State University, Gove’s eyes were opened to organic farming. He hopes to be able to further his education and implement organic practices at his farm to better serve his community for years to come. Congratulations John! Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 27, 2018 on advocacy, policy

A jam-packed agenda awaits members of the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC), which will convene Wed., Sept. 5, at 10 am in the Wonderful Conference Room at the Jordan Agricultural Research Center, California State University Fresno. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and share their thoughts during the public comment session.  COPAC advises the California secretary of food and agriculture on education, outreach, and technical assistance for organic producers in the state. The committee is comprised of 15 primary members plus alternates for each seat.  For the...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 27, 2018 on biodiversity, general organic, member news

I was lucky enough visit Whisky Hill Farms and Blume Distillation this summer. I was blown away by the scope of this 14-acre certified organic farm. Not only are they the largest producer of domestic Turmeric, but they provide answers to the food waste dilemma by producing high grade commercial alcohol. I soon learned that everything that comes from the distillery goes right back into the farm! This is the second of a two-part blog focused on food waste.   Composting in place After learning about the distillery, we came upon a prodigious mound of traditional looking compost, but this one held...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 27, 2018 on advocacy, general organic, policy

A small bill with big impact, AB 2377, has been approved by both houses of the California state legislature this session and will now head back to the Assembly for concurrence before the legislature sends it to the governor’s desk for his signature. Last week CCOF’s policy team sent out an action alert encouraging members in California to call their state senator and request that they vote yes on the bill. Thank you to those who took action. The Technical Assistance for Climate Smart Agriculture bill, AB 2377, will establish a cadre of experts to work with farmers who want to apply for...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 27, 2018 on general organic, research

As part of our efforts to develop a biological control program for bagrada bug, the laboratory of Dr. Brian Hogg at the USDA in Albany, California, is seeking sites for bagrada bug research.  We would be interested to hear about bagrada bug infestations anywhere in California. Any cole crop fields or weed patches that are currently infested with bagrada bug would work for our purposes. We are investigating whether native predators or parasitic wasps attack bagrada bug eggs. We would put out frozen bagrada bug eggs (dead, so there is no possibility of spreading the bug around) on index cards...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 27, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Ignacio Mendoza

Ignacio Mendoza is the first in his family to graduate from high school and attend college. Mendoza is a senior at California State University, Fresno majoring in plant science with the intention of becoming a Pest Control Adviser (PCA), Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and continue his passion of farming. Mendoza is a member of CCOF and has helped his father grow delicious organic strawberries on the Central Coast.  His motivation for further education is to discover, understand, and improve the world we live in. He genuinely cares for the future of food and agriculture and strives to become an...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 20, 2018 on biodiversity, general organic, member news


Dave

I’ve been to a lot of farms in my day but have never witnessed one so profoundly bent on creating a closed loop symbiotic system as Whisky Hill Farms. This 14-acre CCOF certified organic farm cultivates tropical plants, heirloom vegetables and biorefined high grade commercial alcohol!   I met David Blume, part innovative farmer and part mad scientist on a midsummer day. I had the opportunity to have my mind blown several times that day touring his farm and distillery.  This is the first of a two-part blog which will focus on food waste and Blume Distillation.  No Such thing as wasteBlume...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 20, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Erin Franey

Erin Franey is honored to be part of the CCOF farmer community as a second season apprentice at Rainshadow Organics, a 200-acre full-diet farm in central Oregon. Her interest in farming is rooted in a boundless curiosity in food systems, food culture, and a commitment to building a more just and equitable world. She has worked as a community organizer, director of an international youth leadership program, and most recently at a cooking and nutrition education nonprofit in San Francisco. This season at Rainshadow she is both part of the crew and works part time as the farm’s outreach manager...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 13, 2018 on general organic, NOP, policy

The National Organic Program (NOP) released a new report and two policy memos as part of the program’s Organic Enforcement Action Plan.  The report, Organic Import Oversight: Collaboration Opportunities and Technology Needs Assessment, responds to recommendations from the USDA Office of Inspector General on oversight of imported organic products. The report details NOP’s recent activities and the steps it is taking to collaborate with the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).  NOP’s new Policy Memos also...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, August 13, 2018 on advocacy, materials and inputs, NOSB, policy

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet for its second annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 24-26, 2018. The board will vote to retain or remove 40 substances on the National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances (National List) and will also vote on proposals and discussion documents.  The deadline to submit written comments is October 4, 2018. Commenting will open when the meeting materials are released (approximately six weeks before the meeting). The deadline to submit oral comments via webinar or in person in Minnesota is also October 4, 2018. Registration...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, August 13, 2018 on CCOF, chapters

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new leaders of the CCOF Mexico Chapter: Board Representative Esteban Macias of Grupo U, President Sergio Salgado Vidal of Viñas del Sol S.A. de C.V., Vice President Paola A. Guerrero of San Jose y Su Agricultura, Treasurer Mariana Perez of Red Sun Farms, and Secretary Juan Escalante of Nature Sweet Bright/House Organics Invernaderos. We would also like to thank Ed Morales and Lois Christie for their time and effort over the last few years as chapter leaders.   Why does chapter leadership matter? CCOF is a member-based organization made up of 15...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 13, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Emilie Clarke

Emilie Clarke is a student at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California studying horticulture with a focus in organic crop production. Due to the inclusive and supportive nature of the Santa Cruz community, working at farmers’ markets and involving herself in farming and ecological opportunities has led her to meeting some of the most inspirational organic farmers in all three surrounding counties. Clarke says the Cabrillo horticulture department has offered her all the tools she needs to fully explore her interest in growing organic cut flowers.  After facilitating the re-introduction of in...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, August 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic

Are you looking for new ideas to improve your organic recordkeeping systems? Are you curious about what digital recordkeeping options might be a good fit for your farm? Are you new to organic farming and want to find out more about the records you need to keep for organic certification?  The CCOF Foundation and National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are here to help! Join us this summer for a series of free webinars on organic recordkeeping for growers. In our Organic Recordkeeping 101 webinar on August 21, Ann Baier from NCAT will review the records required to meet the USDA...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Brett Sutton

Brett Sutton and his partner have a goal of creating a market farm and catering business within the cooperative local food movement. This is Sutton’s second season of formal farming, and each year his knowledge and ambition has grown. He is committed to a career in local organic agriculture and fostering connections among farmers, chefs, bakers, brewers, fermenters, groceries, restaurants, and food banks. Sutton is passionate about food, the ecology that supports food systems, and building a more vibrant regional food culture. Through his family heritage, working various kitchens and in West...

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