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Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 22, 2021
OGS 2021 to Honor “a Grower’s Grower”; Vic Smith Announced as Grower of the Year Award Recipient

The Organic Grower Summit, presented by Western Growers and the Organic Produce Network, will honor longtime organic grower Vic Smith as the recipient of the fourth annual Organic Grower Summit’s Grower of the Year. Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies, was selected based on his ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production, organic industry leadership, and innovation. 

The Grower of the Year award, sponsored by AGCO, will be presented to Smith as part of the…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 22, 2021

Farmers—especially organic farmers—operate on razor-thin margins that are especially stressed during hard times. Yet even when farmers are facing the challenges brought by natural disasters and a global pandemic, their dedication to the land and our communities continues as they work each day to grow nutritious food for our families. 

Our Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund gives grants to organic…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 15, 2021
Next Gen: A Conversation with the Next Generation of Organic Leaders

Up-and-coming leaders from three of the nation’s most progressive organic growing operations have been confirmed as panelists for the keynote presentation at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN on December 1-2 in Monterey, California. 

“Next Gen: A Conversation with the Next Generation of Organic Leaders” will…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 15, 2021

The day we visited Far West Fungi, the sun never even broke through the dense coastal fog. Nestled on a bluff in Moss Landing, California (aptly named for the foggy, chilly days there), Far West Fungi’s damp, dark facilities are joyfully managed by a multigenerational family whose business is full of light and hope.

If you were to admit that you don’t actually know how mushrooms grow, you wouldn’t be alone. Erin…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, November 8, 2021

As we wrap up our first “Radio Organic” podcast series, we would love to hear your ideas for future broadcasts. What topics would you like us to explore in future episodes?

Series One Recap

In our first series, we looked at direct marketing strategies for farms that sell directly to consumers.

In episode one, we heard from Joe Schirmer of Dirty Girl Produce on he how completely…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, November 8, 2021

Sixteen years ago, an accident ended the short and blossoming life of Casey Burke. Burke, a leader in Biodynamic farming of wine grapes, is survived by his brother Ted Burke. Ted manages the much-beloved Shadowbrook restaurant near CCOF’s headquarters in the greater Santa Cruz, California area. The restaurant, which sits alongside the river in quaint Capitola, is known for serving high-quality ingredients from…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 8, 2021

Note: Applications for Healthy Soils Incentive grants are being accepted on a rolling basis until funding runs out, so the sooner you submit your application, the more likely you will be to receive funding. The Healthy Soils Demonstration grant deadline is December 31, 2021.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for its Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The program incentivizes implementation and demonstration of on-farm soil practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, and improve soil health. CDFA appropriated $75 million…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 8, 2021

USDA is currently accepting applications for the Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program. Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, November 22, 2021. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants.

Don’t wait until the last minute. The first step in applying is getting a DUNS number, which can take up to five days. 

Once you have your DUNS number, the application takes less than 10 minutes. The application, FAQs, tip sheets, and…

Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Two California cannabis farms have pioneered a new milestone in cannabis, and are now certified as the first “comparable-to-organic” cannabis farms in the state, as well as in the United States, by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). OCal is a new certification program through the California Dept. of Food and Ag (CDFA). The certification was awarded to well-respected legacy farmer Sensiboldt Organics out of Humboldt County, and The Highland Canopy at Sonoma Hills Farm, a new premium craft cannabis farm and culinary garden located in Sonoma County. 

The first cannabis…

Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. USDA is updating the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to immediately cover feed transportation costs for drought-impacted ranchers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide more details and tools to help ranchers get ready to apply at their local USDA Service Center later this month at their website:…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Does your business fall into the fully covered category of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule? If so, join the CCOF Foundation in November for the third webinar in our FSMA 101 for Organic Processors series, where we will go over the requirements for a fully covered facility, review required training, and walk through the process for registering with FDA.

Your food business must fully comply with the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule if 

-    your business conducts activities that are not considered “low risk” processing to…

Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

When Miguel Crisantes Gatzionis first immigrated to Mexico from Greece in the 1920s, he started growing tomatoes in Culiacán that were then shipped and sold in the United States. Miguel later passed his farm down to his son Theojary Crisantes Sr., who was inspired to re-envision some key aspects of the family business. After learning about the dangers of using synthetic chemical pesticides like DDT (thank you, Silent…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 25, 2021

CCOF will host a session on December 2 on growing and selling in the Mexican organic market at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, California. 

Mexico’s promotion of organic agriculture has led to a steady domestic organic market and is creating outstanding import opportunities for U.S. growers. While most Mexico-based organic operations export produce to the U.S., organic growers…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, October 25, 2021

CCOF collaborator California FarmLink is currently accepting applications for their upcoming 2022 Resilerator educational program. 

Designed for small and medium-scale farmers, ranchers, and fishery operators with at least two years of business management experience, the Resilerator program seeks to support producers on their path toward solidifying a sustainable, long-term, resilient business. 

The 10-week course walks through a comprehensive business curriculum on business structure, labor, land tenure, accounting, taxation, credit, insurance, and regulatory compliance.…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, October 25, 2021

CCOF Hardship Assistance Grants for Organic Producers—Closing Soon

If you—or an organic producer you know—have experienced hardship during the 2021 calendar year, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance through the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund. The application deadline is midnight on November 5, 2021.

Throughout the nation, farmers are experiencing severe…