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Written by Larissa Hernandez on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Raymond Barsch

Raymond Barsch, 2021 Future Organic Farmers grant recipient, grew up in Sacramento in a family with a passion for farming and exotic plants. Following a lifelong dream of farming, Barsch’s family purchased land with the intention of growing organically. “My dad liked the idea of organic, and I researched a little bit. I was like, oh yeah! And as we started actually…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The broadcast date of this webinar has changed to March 8, 2022, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Are you an organic processor confused about what food safety preventive controls you need to implement in your operation? If so, you're in the right place. Join us on March 8 for the fifth webinar in our Food Safety for Organic Processors series. During the webinar, we will walk through the process of hazard analysis, which is the first step to implementing preventative controls. 

Hazard analysis is a systematic approach to determine what preventive controls…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, January 10, 2022


Growing up in Watsonville, California, Jose Villanueva Vigil, along with his family, has been involved in agriculture for many years. Beginning as a weeder and strawberry picker in a conventional setting, and with his mother also involved in berry quality assurance, Vigil became interested in learning more about the intricacies of cultivation. Vigil began working for CCOF certified farmer Javier Zamora of…

Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, January 10, 2022

A second round of funding is likely to be offered later this year to cover expenses from fiscal year 2022. CCOF will notify the community when those funds areThe Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund—named to honor founding CCOF member Barney Bricmont—is the only fund in the nation that provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers who suffer financial losses due to extreme hardship.

The CCOF Foundation awarded $169,500 in grants in 2021! 

This is the highest amount of financial assistance given by CCOF to organic producers who have experienced hardship…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, January 10, 2022

This past December, CCOF celebrated Assemblymember Robert Rivas as our 2021 Organic Champion. At the Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand, CCOF Foundation supporters and other organic professionals gathered to honor the work of Assemblymember Rivas. 

CCOF’s Organic Champion Award, which has recognized organic industry…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, January 10, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the application deadline for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) to February 4, 2022. OTECP offers certification cost share, support for transitional producers, and reimbursement for educational expenses and soil testing expenses. Apply soon, because if funds run low, payment levels may be reduced.

OTECP is funded through USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers Program; $20 million has been authorized for the program. 

There are some important differences between this program and the usual…

Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, January 10, 2022

(January 3, 2022) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF supports the growth of organic by providing service-oriented organic certification, diverse educational offerings, and dedicated policy work. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, CCOF has roots that span the breadth of North America, and the CCOF presence is internationally recognized. CCOF offers an expanding suite of certification services and is now accepting applications for PrimusGFS certification for farms, harvest crews, coolers/distributors, packinghouses, and processors of produce. 

To complement their organic certification…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, December 20, 2021

Organic farmers keep our families and communities fed with healthy, nutritious food, but they also do so much more. Through their work, organic farmers are also contributing to the fight against climate change, helping our economy recover, and solving health inequities. Even when times are hard, organic farmers continue in their commitment to keep food on our tables. 

Now is the time to repay that commitment by donating to our Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund, which gives financial support to organic farmers in times of need. Every dollar of your donation goes to a farmer who…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, December 13, 2021

Please keep an eye out for emails calling for chapter leader nominations and announcing opportunities to vote in chapter elections and participate! You can have a say in the future of organic by representing your chapter on the CCOF Board of Directors.

CCOF is unique in many ways, and one of them is its structure. CCOF is a nonprofit organization led by a board of directors who represent the 15 CCOF chapters: 13 regional chapters, the Processor/Handler chapter, and the At-Large Chapter that comprises of all farmers and ranchers located outside California and Mexico. 


Written by Sarah Reed on Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Thank you for your support of organic in 2021! 
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 December 31.

If you have urgent certification needs, please submit updates as early as possible to Updates received during the office closure will be reviewed in the order received once our teams are back in January.
We’ll be sure to get back to your messages and requests when we return.

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for all food processors regardless of their compliance status. Following good food safety practices also gives you and your customers confidence in the safety of your food products. Join us for the fourth webinar in our FSMA 101 for Organic Processors series for an overview of cGMPs for organic processors.

In this webinar, we will go through the basics of cGMPs requirements and recordkeeping. Learn about food safety requirements for buildings, equipment, and personnel, among others.…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The CCOF Foundation supports farmers transitioning to organic practices because we know that organic agriculture is a proven solution to climate change, economic insecurity, and health inequities.

Our organic transition program makes sure that transitioning farmers

have the financial stability to transition;  get professional technical support in key areas of agronomy, business and…
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, November 22, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide pandemic assistance to cover certification and education expenses to agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic. USDA will make $20 million available through the new Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) as part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, which provides new, broader, and more equitable opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and producers.   

OTECP funding is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act…

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…