Organic 101 for Small and Midsized Farms

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

Event Date: 
October 14, 2019
Join the CCOF Foundation for the first webinar in our Farmers’ Marketing: Tools for Success series that demystifies the organic certification process for farms that sell directly to consumers.
Organic certification is easier than you think! This webinar will review the steps necessary to start organic farming or transition an existing operation toward organic certification.
Are you interested in growing organically, but mystified by the organic certification process? This webinar will explain the benefits, costs, and steps of the organic certification process for growers who market directly to consumers. 
Some local producers grow and sell organic crops to increase their revenue. Other farmers find the USDA organic seal a convenient way to communicate their farm’s commitment sustainable growing practices to their customers. Our webinar speaker, Rebecca Silver of CCOF Certification Services, will highlight these benefits of organic and more. 
Then, learn the steps necessary to obtain organic certification through the USDA National Organic Program. Silver will review land requirements, what records you need to keep, what input materials are allowed, and other key requirements needed to get your operation certified. Silver will also highlight organic best practices for farms that sell at farmers’ markets and other direct-to-consumer outlets.
About Our Speakers
Rebecca Silver is a farm certification technical specialist at CCOF. She has worked for CCOF since 2007 as a certification reviewer and supervisor, and also developed CCOF’s Spanish language services and Mexico program. Prior to joining CCOF, she earned a master’s degree in environmental studies with a focus on sustainable agriculture from the University of Oregon. She has worked on organic farms in Oregon and Chile.
About this Series
This webinar is part of the CCOF Foundation’s Farmers’ Marketing: Tools for Success series, providing tips and tools for farmers to strengthen their sales and income at farmers’ markets.
Funding for the series was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM180100XXXXG055.