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Written by Kelly Damewood on Monday, August 23, 2021
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 food safety standards. Join us for this webinar series to learn what your business needs to do to comply. Through the nine-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. Then we’ll dive deeper into food safety topics such as hazard analysis and validation. Get your food safety questions answered in this introductory series for organic processors!…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 2, 2021
The Growth of CEA—What’s Real and What’s Hype From a Retailer/Consumer Perspective


Monterey, CA (July 26, 2021) – The flourishing development of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) and how retailers and consumers view this emerging segment of fresh produce production, will be the topics of an educational session at the Organic Produce Summit (OPS) 2021. The Growth of CEA—What’s Real and What’s Hype From a Retail and Consumer Perspective will feature leadership from a pair of recognized retailers and one of the fresh produce industry’s most progressive grower/shippers,…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 2, 2021
Berry Category Leads the Way, Topping Packaged Salads for First Time

Monterey, CA (July 14, 2021) — Total organic fresh produce sales for the second quarter (Q2) of 2021 saw a continuation of year-over-year growth, increasing by 4 percent from the same period last year and nearing $2.3 billion for the quarter, according to the Q2 2021 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by Organic Produce Network (OPN) and Category Partners. 

Organic fresh produce sales and volume in the second quarter of 2021 continued to show year-over-year growth despite the fact that the…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, August 2, 2021
“The Next 18 Months: Navigating a Competitive, Consumer-Driven Landscape”

Jim Donald, Albertsons co-chair, will be a featured keynote presenter at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS), joining retail industry veteran Kevin Coupe for a provocative and engaging conversation about the future of the food industry and the role organic will play for consumers and the retail community. 

“The Next 18 Months: Navigating a Competitive, Consumer-Driven Landscape” will feature Donald discussing the future of food retailing as the country rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic. His…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 26, 2021

Join Gwendolyn Wyard, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at the Organic Trade Association (OTA), for a listening session on organic hemp at 2:00 p.m. PDT on August 5. 

OTA would like to hear from the organic hemp sector about the challenges, barriers, and opportunities that are unique to certified organic production and handling and the organic certification process. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the work of the Organic Trade Association and to share their views on how we can best support the growth of organic hemp production and hemp…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 19, 2021

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) generally meets twice each year in a public forum to discuss and vote on recommendations to the USDA. These recommendations help the Department develop and refine the organic standards.

Based on input from the Board and members of the organic community, the NOSB currently plans to resume in-person meetings in October 2021, subject to federal, state, and local guidance on in-person meetings at that time.

The in-person meeting will be aired live online for those who are not able to travel. Should circumstances prevent an in-person…

Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, July 19, 2021

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2021 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). This one-time additional funding from the federal government to state departments of agriculture addresses COVID-19 impacts on the food system.

The SCBGP funds projects that improve the performance of California specialty crops within local, domestic, national, and international markets. Eligible applicants include nonprofit and for-profit organizations; local, state, federal, and tribal government entities; and public and private colleges and…

Written by Laetitia Benador on Monday, July 19, 2021

The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University has launched The Livestock Project to create tools and trainings for organic producers and veterinarians on organic animal health care.

The Center is conducting a national survey to understand the unique needs of organic dairy, beef, sheep, goat, swine, and poultry producers. The results will guide the development of tools and materials to help you keep your animals healthy and prevent disease. The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete.

This survey is anonymous. It will not be linked in…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 19, 2021

The Organic Foods Production Act created the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) as a tool for managing the substances used in organic production over time. In general, natural substances are allowed in organic, and synthetic substances are prohibited. The National List identifies the limited exceptions to these general rules. The National List also identifies nonagricultural and non-organic agricultural substances (ingredients) that may be used in organic handling. Changes to the National List require a National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommendation…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 19, 2021

Please join the Central Coast region Irrigated Lands Program at one of the virtual workshops noted below to learn more about the newly adopted requirements for irrigated agriculture:

Agricultural Order No. R3-2021-0040, commonly referred to as Agricultural Order 4.0.

These workshops are free of charge and will be hosted using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Attendees can use a computer or mobile device to view and/or listen to presentations and take part in a live question and answer session with Irrigated Lands Program staff.

Presentations will cover an…

Written by on Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Anthony Garcia

Anthony Garcia believes community is the centerpiece to creating a vibrant, productive, and inclusive food system. That’s why he has embarked on an educational journey to learn a multifaceted and practical way of farming. Garcia first studied agricultural economics at Cornell and then decided he also wanted hands-on experiences to diversify his skill set. Beginning as an intern on a 5-acre organic farm, he has continued to expand his knowledge and educational goals to become a skilled and effective organic farmer–educator. “Gaining field-based organic agriculture experience through the…

Written by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

In the middle of California’s drought, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is meeting with landowners, tribal representatives, and agencies to assess resource concerns and offer assistance to farmers and ranchers, as well as forest and tribal land managers. Programs through NRCS include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the newest pilot program, EQIP-Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP-CIC).

“Although we still have CDC coronavirus-related health precautions in place for the safety of our customers and employees, we strongly encourage you to…

Written by on Monday, June 28, 2021

Is there such a thing as a magic elixir? We think so! Check out new CCOF members and brothers Shawn and Justin Dunn’s Shroomshot, a delicious, living probiotic elixir,  hand-crafted with pure extracts from the highest quality medicinal mushrooms.

With a passion and curiosity for foraging and some curiosity, brothers Shawn and Justin discovered the astounding medicinal properties of the fungi kingdom. It is now their mission to bring mushrooms to the world in ain the most fun, delicious, and impactful way.

Using extracts from the fruiting bodies of the lion’s mane and turkey…

Written by Noah Lakritz on Monday, June 28, 2021
North Coast Chapter Meeting

On Thursday, June 17 the CCOF North Coast Chapter hosted their annual chapter meeting at Preston Farm and Winery in Healdsburg, California. The meeting marked a return to in-person meetings for CCOF chapters after a year of virtual Zoom meetings. Current leadership for the chapter includes board member Genevieve Albers from Traditional Medicinals, President Grayson Hartley and Secretary Ken Blair from Preston Vineyards, and Vice President Laura Deyermond from Newton Vineyards.

A number of local CCOF members joined the meeting, which included introductions for new chapter leadership,…