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Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, January 20, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Rhyne Cureton

My future career will be as an organic inspector and educator for the South East. I believe that the South East has the potential to be a major influence in the organic movement. The National Agricultural Statistics Services illustrates that in 2016, not one South Eastern state exceeded over 500 certified organic farms; six of these states having fewer than 50 certified farms. However, this void of organic certification should not be misunderstood as a lack of organic practices within the region. The South East has a strong and growing population of farms and farmers that do have organic...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, January 13, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic, roadmap


Anna Caballero

Photo provided by The CeresCourier.com We root for farmers growing organic. We root for producers, packers, and shippers of organic. We root for getting organic in schools. And, we root for the policymakers who move organic agriculture to the forefront as a solution to climate change. Senator Anna Caballero has been a partner and champion in this effort, fighting for farmers, farmworkers, and facing climate change head on. Senator Caballero provided valuable input on CCOF’s Roadmap to an Organic California, and now you can hear from her directly about the powerful potential of organic...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, January 13, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF, chapters, events

Vote in your chapter election to ensure your business has a voice in CCOF governance!  If you are in the CCOF Fresno-Tulare chapter, click here to vote now. It will only take a moment to cast your vote. CCOF’s chapter system is a powerful tool to connect our members. Chapter leaders have the unique opportunity to leverage the collective power of CCOF’s staff and membership to advance organic in their region and beyond. Supported by CCOF staff, chapter leaders share their passion and experience by setting the agenda for meetings and driving networking, marketing, and educational opportunities...
Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, January 13, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF, general organic

CCOF’s Director of Inspection Services Sean Feder has been appointed by California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross to the alternate certifier seat on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC). COPAC advises the secretary 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.  Term limits opened up a number of primary producer seats that were filled with alternate members. CCOF members who now fill primary seats on COPAC are Benjamin Diesl with Grimmway...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, January 13, 2020 on employment, general organic, policy

A newly implemented law will change the classification for many workers in California from independent contractors to employees. Assembly Bill 5, which Governor Newsom signed into law on September 2019, codifies the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision into state law. The Dynamex decision outlines a three-part “test” to determine a worker’s employment classification. According to the new law, a worker can only be considered an independent contractor if all three of the following conditions are met:(A) The individual is free from control and direction in connection with the performance...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Monday, January 13, 2020 on education, events, food safety, general organic

What: Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training to help your farm business comply with FSMA legislation, and a second on-farm training covering food safety best practices, business and marketing, and crisis planning at your operation as a follow-up session for interested farmers.  When: Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Allan Hancock College, Room G106A/B Cost: Free for small producers of leafy greens To sign up or get more information, contact:At Cal Poly: Jeta Rudi-Polloshkajrudi@calpoly.edu or (805) 756-5021At Allan Hancock College: Erin Kriererin.krier@hancockcollege.edu...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, January 13, 2020 on advocacy, biodiversity, CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic

Join UCSC Farm Garden Manager Christof Bernau for a webinar on organic seedling production and greenhouse efficiencies for small farms.  This session will focus on the management of environmental conditions to optimize germination and development of high-quality transplants, with an emphasis on system efficiencies that can improve seedling quality and your bottom line. From sowing, germination, and seedling development to hardening off and holding strategies, all seedling life stages will be explored.   The session will begin with an examination of a typical seedling life cycle and an...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, January 13, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Malcolm St Cyr

I am of African American, Native American (Cherokee) and West Indian heritage. I was born and lived in the urban United States until just before my 9th birthday. I attended school in Senegal, West Africa in a small town, at a small school with modest facilities. It is here that I completed my childhood and my education.  I spent about 3 years learning the language/culture of the new place I was living. I then decided to attend Arabic School as was expected of others in my age group. After completing this first phase of education I wanted to enroll in the French education system that could...
Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, January 6, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF, events, roadmap


Eco Farm Blog Photo

Photo by Liz Birnbaum CCOF is hosting a reception to celebrate the release of the Policy Report for the Roadmap to an Organic California project. Join us at EcoFarm for organic beer and wine, snacks, and good company as we celebrate the project’s completion and launch a new decade of organic advocacy in California.  When January 24 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Where Embers Living Room Alisomar Conference CenterPacific Grove, California Who Will be There CCOF members and friends Cost Free!
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, January 6, 2020 on biodiversity, CCOF Foundation, drought, education, events, general organic, help and tips

Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) on January 14 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time for a webinar that reviews techniques for managing soil and irrigation during times of drought. Find out how to use your water resource most efficiently and hear about managing soil for best water absorption and storage. This webinar is very timely in the context of both the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and preparing for climate change and drought conditions. The webinar will cover the important considerations of irrigation scheduling...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, January 6, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Lehia Apana

For Lehia Apana, farming is an act of cultural reverence. Generations of Native Hawaiians before her proved to be master agriculturalists who were able to feed themselves using their island resources, including the nutrient-dense staple crop known as kalo (taro). She and her husband are growing kalo and other traditional crops on their three-acre farm in Waiehu, on the island of Maui. By approaching farming from a native perspective, they strive to not only feed the community, but also foster a cultural connection that feeds peopleʻs naʻau (heart). Put another way, Lehia believes that farming...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 16, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

This season of giving, will you consider a gift to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund?  Ignacio Mendoza received two grants through the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. Mendoza is a young organic enthusiast preparing to build on the farming success of his immigrant parents. Coming from a family of farmers (his parents own CCOF-certified Mendoza Farms), Mendoza is focusing his education on skills needed to operate his on organic farm one day. We hope you will watch the video produced by the California Strawberry Commission about the Mendoza family and be as inspired as we...
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...

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