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Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, September 13, 2021
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If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you likely know that CCOF envisions a world where organic is the norm. We believe there is room for everyone at the organic table, with different communities across the world being served by local organic growers. While we seek to create an organic world, there is no place like home. We are grateful to growers like Lakeside Organic Gardens for their decades of dedication to the organic movement and would like to join in celebrating their 25th anniversary this year! 

Longtime residents of California’s Pajaro Valley (about half an hour…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, September 13, 2021

Consumer education is a powerful tool. Research indicates that more than 85 percent of U.S. households buy organic, and yet there is still marketplace confusion about why organic is healthier for eaters, farmers, and environments. 

Most farmers don’t have an extra hour in the middle of their day to be a guest on a podcast, host a webinar, or create infographics to share on their social media platforms. Groups like Kitchen Table Advisors and other third parties make consumer education more accessible for organic farmers, but CCOF and its Foundation are still looking for additional…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, September 13, 2021

The CCOF Foundation is pleased to partner with Community Alliance with Family Farmers and “The Farmers Beet” to launch our new podcast “Radio Organic: Sound Bites from the Organic Community.” 

In our four-part pilot series, we’ll chat briefly each week with long-time organic farmers about marketing techniques that have helped them run successful, resilient organic businesses. As a part of each interview, we ask our guest farmers what recommendations they have for newer farmers on managing resilient organic farms.

In our second episode we chatted with John and Kyle Garrone…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The CCOF Foundation is pleased to partner with Community Alliance with Family Farmers and “The Farmers Beet” to launch our new podcast “Radio Organic: Sound Bites from the Organic Community.”

In our four-part pilot series, we’ll chat briefly each week with long-time organic farmers about marketing techniques that have helped them run successful, resilient organic businesses. As a part of each interview, we ask our guest farmers what recommendations they have for newer farmers on managing resilient organic farms.

In our premier episode we chatted with Joe Schirmer of Dirty…

Written by Jane Sooby on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

This week the agenda and all proposals and discussion documents for the fall 2021 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meetings were posted online. Sign-up for public comment during October 13 and 14 online webinars is now open. If you want to make an oral comment, register now because the slots can get filled up quickly.

Written comments are due by September 30, 2021, so that NOSB members have time to review them before the October 19–21 NOSB meeting. Comments are being accepted through Regulations.gov.

Originally scheduled to be held in Sacramento, the meeting will now…

Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

In a USDA press release issued August 11, 2021, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement after the successful confirmation of Jenny Lester Moffitt to serve as undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs at USDA:

“Congratulations to Jenny Lester Moffitt on being confirmed to serve as undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs. Jenny’s experience and dedication to her craft, including growing up and working on an organic farm, will help elevate USDA’s work to support our producers and protect the health and value of America’s agricultural and…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

CCOF - Radio Organic

The CCOF Foundation is pleased to partner with Community Alliance with Family Farmers and “The Farmers Beet” to launch our new podcast “Radio Organic”!  

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 30, 2021

Rep. Jimmy Panetta to Co-Sponsor Agricultural Resilience Act

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) hosted Representative Jimmy Panetta’s (D-California, 20) congressional staffers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Salinas, California, last week. The site visit focused on the importance of increased investment in organic research and was instrumental in Rep. Panetta’s decision to co-sponsor H.R. 2803, the Agricultural Resilience Act (ARA).

OFRF organized the tour of the organic fields at the ARS led by Dr. Eric Brennan, USDA research horticulturist…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 30, 2021
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Cover Crop Furrows

As growers in the Central Coast region face increased regulation of nitrogen discharges from their farms, they need new ways to capture excess nitrogen and reduce erosion. While winter cover cropping is a highly effective way to scavenge soil nitrate and prevent leaching, the need for intensive management of residues can discourage growers from using this strategy.

A USDA Agricultural Research Service organic researcher, Eric Brennan of Salinas, is studying an approach that involves planting cover crops into the furrows between beds. This practice provides many benefits, including…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 30, 2021
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Mainstream

Organic food once was viewed as a niche category for health nuts and hippies, but today it’s a routine choice for millions of Americans. For years following passage of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, which established national organic standards, consumers had to seek out organic products at food co-ops and farmers’ markets. Today over half of organic sales are in conventional grocery store chains, club stores, and supercenters; Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Target, and Safeway are the top five organic retailers.

Surveys show that 82 percent of Americans buy some organic food,…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 30, 2021
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Wildfire

California agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the wildfires and ongoing, severe drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover. Impacted producers should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in their recovery from crop, land, infrastructure and livestock losses and damages.

“Production agriculture is vital to the California economy, and USDA stands ready to assist in the recovery…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, August 23, 2021
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plant people

Plant People, an organic hemp, CBD, and mushroom supplement company, shares CCOF’s vision of a world where organic is the norm. They are a Certified B Corp; they are climate neutral, and they incorporate charitable giving as an inherent part of their business model. As if that wasn’t cool enough, they also plant a tree for every product sold. “Plant People is unlocking centuries of botanical intelligence to create unique and innovative formulas that reconnect us to our true nature. After traumatic spinal injuries,  [co-founder Gabe Kennedy and CEO Hudson Gaines] found [their] way back to…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, August 23, 2021
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Farm

In the current issue of Certified Organic, CCOF announced our new grant opportunity for small-scale Salinas Valley farmers on the path to becoming organic farm owners. More specifically, grantees will be implementing regenerative practices that have been the hallmarks of organic production for decades, including crop rotation, cover cropping, mulching, composting, and other soil-building practices. 

At the helm of this new grant opportunity is the Rustic Canyon Family, a Michelin-starred restaurant group with a history of community giving and philanthropy. The announcement of this…

Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, August 23, 2021
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Annual Report

Dear CCOF members and supporters,

Every time I heard the term “essential” in 2020, it led me to think more deeply about how accurately the word describes the organic community. Of course, keeping families and communities fed with healthy, nutritious food despite whatever crises arise is essential. But organic is more than just essential for getting food on the table. Organic is essential for fighting climate change, helping our economy recover and become more resilient, and solving health inequities.*

In the early days of the pandemic, CCOF made it our mission to continue…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Recently passed federal regulations require food processors to meet certain new food safety standards. Join us for a webinar series to learn what your business needs to do to comply. In this 4-part series, we will walk through the different compliance categories of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for food processors as well as review what each category of businesses needs to do to comply. Get your FSMA questions answered in this introductory food safety series for organic processors!

Most of the content in this series is applicable to food processors across the…