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Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 on advocacy, food safety, grower

When it comes to U.S. agriculture regulations, one size does not fit all. That was the message that Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and thousands of family farmers delivered ten years ago when the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began hashing out the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Had it not been for that advocacy, FSMA would likely have regulated small family farms the same way it regulates larger corporate growers, and would have buried small farms beneath paperwork.FDA needs to hear the message again. Speak up by February 22!The FDA is again proposing...
Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 on education, grower

An Organic Agriculture Seminar Series for Growers is offered via Zoom on Tuesdays from 12-1 p.m., now through May 4.University of California Cooperative Extension Small Farms and organic advisor Margaret Lloyd have organized the series aimed at providing useful information on organic topics for growers.Each seminar features a guest speaker and a group conversation with questions from the audience. No pre-registration is required. The Zoom meeting link is the same each week.The series began on January 26 of this year with a talk on biochar. Recordings of past seminars, written summaries, and...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, February 8, 2021 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events


AC 2021

CCOF invites you to enjoy a meal of farmer and poet David Robles’ Enchiladas Placeras at our upcoming annual conference Cultivate & Nourish! Get the recipe and follow along below to learn how David cooks the enchiladas.At Cultivate & Nourish, Robles will join us live from the kitchen and share how the organic family can rebuild our food system for an equitable and healthy future while he creates an organic meal to nourish the body and soul.Register today to join the conversation on February 18!Robles is a passionate young leader in organic farming whose inspiration and drive will...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, February 8, 2021 on CCOF Foundation

In my last blog article, Striking a Balance: A Recipe to Become a Happier Farmer, I wrote in depth about how I reflect on the past season in an effort to make time for personal activities, improve my business, and keep my interest and passion in farming. This week, we take a closer look at staffing and how to delegate responsibilities to lighten your workload.As your business grows, so do your responsibilities. During your first year of farming, you likely fulfilled every role­: business planner, farm laborer, marketer, and administrator. This makes sense when you start small and are getting...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, February 8, 2021 on grower, research

University of California, Davis wants to hear from California dried fruit processors.California is a major producer of dried fruits, and we at UC Davis want to support the production of high-quality dried products. A team of researchers in the Food Science and Technology Department is interested in developing guidance on the best practices to ensure the safety and quality of dried California specialty crops.To support our California dried fruit producers, we need information on the most common industry practices currently being employed for dehydrating. Do you sun dry or use a mechanical...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, February 1, 2021 on advocacy, policy

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will be holding stakeholder meetings in February to solicit feedback from the public and agricultural stakeholders on farmer- and rancher-led climate solutions that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, and enhance biodiversity.“These outreach meetings are essential to ensure we gain information and knowledge from the people who live and work on the land and the organizations that support them,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “We want to hear from all those interested in discussing farmer- and rancher-led efforts to help ensure...
Written by Rebekah Weber on Monday, January 25, 2021 on advocacy, policy


CCOF Goals

It’s the start of a new year, and CCOF has set a bold, new goal for organic: Thirty percent of California’s farmland will be organic by 2030. We know it will take hard work to get there, but that’s nothing new for organic farmers. Here’s the plan for moving forward in 2021.Expand Opportunities for Small Organic RanchersIn partnership with ranchers, policymakers, and farm and environmental groups, CCOF is working to create economic opportunities for small organic ranches. Expanding on-farm slaughter options for small ranches raising goats, sheep, and swine will strengthen these businesses and...
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, January 25, 2021 on CCOF Foundation

In my last blog post, "Reflect, Refine, and Refresh for a Long Farming Career," I talked about the importance of setting boundaries between farming and personal life to sustain a farming business over the long haul. This week, I’ll go into more depth on how I reflect on the past season to make time for personal activities, improve my business, and maintain my passion for farming.A simple way to do this is to grab a piece of paper and a pen and list what did work over the past farming season and what didn't.Nothing is too little or too odd to add to the list. The point is to have all of your...
Written by Rebekah Weber on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on


organic goals

CCOF envisions a world where organic is the norm, a world where every farmer has access to the tools to build healthy soils and foster biodiversity, a world where every eater has access to fresh, organic food that nourishes the body. To create this world, CCOF has set the ambitious goal of reaching 30 percent of California's agricultural acreage in organic by 2030. Organic as the NormWhy are we working to expand organic acreage in California? Because organic agriculture is a solution to some of the greatest threats we face, from climate change to economic and health inequities. Organic is...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on CCOF, general organic


Last month, CCOF hosted a virtual screening of the critically acclaimed film Gather, a documentary directed by Sanjay Rawal. Gather tells the stories of Native Americans in the United States reclaiming and reigniting sacred connections to food and land through the traditional teachings of their elders as political, social, and economic forces threaten their ways of life.   Attendees included hundreds of CCOF-certified members, organic supporters, and representatives from the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Gather sheds light on how the shadowed history of food sovereignty, land...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on general organic, policy

On January 8, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a $227 billion proposed budget for the 2021–2022 fiscal year. Despite concern over the effect of COVID-19 response on the state's budget deficit, the Governor's proposal includes healthy funding levels for several critical agriculture programs, including the following: $3.75 million ongoing funding to the California Department of Food and Agriculture to support integrated pest management strategies and a new, tiered approach to the pesticide mill fee that taxes pesticides based on toxicity levels$6.7 million for UC Cooperative Extension...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on


Bonterra

Bonterra is the latest in a group of businesses to support organic farmers who have suffered from the 2020 wildfires and COVD-19 pandemic. Many small and medium-sized organic farms experienced disruptions in supply chains due to farmers' market closures and significantly reduced demand from the food service industry. With restaurants, bars, hotels, and other businesses closing, many producers had to completely reinvent their business models, and then dealt with COVID-related illnesses or wildfires to boot.  During the giving season, Bonterra stepped up and offered the CCOF Foundation a...
Written by Laura Mathias on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 on


CCOF hat

The CCOF store has brought back a customer favorite–the CCOF Baseball-Style Embroidered Logo Hat. Keep the sun off your nose, whether you’re on or off the field, with our new CCOF baseball-style hat. Each hat, made in the United States, is khaki color, organic cotton twill with a curved bill and adjustable Velcro strap, and is embroidered with the CCOF logo. These hats make great gifts for employees, family, or yourself. Pick one up today for $25. We also have trucker-style hats available.  Love your CCOF hat? Tag CCOF in a photo of your hat on social! Find us on Instagram, Facebook, and...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, January 11, 2021 on

On December 1, United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released a landmark new bill to support existing and aspiring Black farmers. The 78-page bill would provide increased resources for all farmers, but particularly for Black farmers, through increased land access, education, and funding for existing USDA programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program. It would also seek to remediate historic and ongoing discrimination at the Department of Agriculture by reforming the USDA Office of Civil Rights and creating an independent...
Written by Peter Nell on Monday, January 11, 2021 on

CCOF is deeply saddened by the news of Amigo Bob Cantisano’s passing in late 2020. Amigo Bob was a tireless organic farmer, advocate, and educator who devoted his life to supporting and growing organic agriculture.  CCOF Board Chair Phil LaRocca said, “Amigo Bob Cantisano was a close friend. As an early innovator and true believer, he dedicated his life to growing and strengthening the organic movement. He never gave up his belief in and support for organic farmers. His energy and knowledge will be missed but his impact will never be forgotten.” Amigo, along with other revolutionary organic...

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