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Written by Rebekah WeberonMonday, December 14, 2020on

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, has established emergency standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These new temporary standards apply to most workers in California, including those in the agriculture sector. 

The standards require employers to

create a COVID-19 Prevention Program to evaluate employee exposure to COVID-19, correct unsafe and unhealthy conditions, and ensure workers wear face coverings; provide training on how COVID-19 is spread and infection prevention techniques; provide information on benefits to which…
Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, December 14, 2020on

clif bar family foundationAs food insecurity increases due to the coronavirus pandemic, Clif Bar has doubled its annual donation of Clif bars to families in need. 

Snewsnet.com reports that Clif Bar “is doubling its previous 7 million bar donation that went to frontline health care workers and first responders and is distributing another 7 million bars to food banks and community organizations…

Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, December 14, 2020on

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The bright spot in coronavirus-and-smoke summer was the surprise appearance of a feline family in our backyard. The first things I noticed about Nefertiti were her wide, crazy-looking eyes and her boldness; she came right up to the door and craned her neck to look in, even putting a paw in the sliding doorways of the living room and my brother’s bedroom on…

Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, December 7, 2020on

Australia is no stranger to the devastation wildfires wreak upon the communities and natural habitats in their wake. With this year so full of unexpected twists and turns, many of us need to be reminded that 2020 started off with devastating fires that engulfed the Australian countryside. Our friends and organic colleagues in Australia endured months with no access to water. Communities lost years' worth of work and belongings that cannot be replaced. And yet, despite all the loss, when fires devastated the West Coast of the United States, our fellow food producers in Australian called us…

Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, December 7, 2020oneducation, general organic, webinar

Are you a farmer or prospective farmer in inland Southern California who wants to learn more about organic farming methods and regulations? Attend the free Zoom workshop, Introduction to Small Scale Organic Farming, on December 15, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., taught by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). 

Topics include 

UC ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Program (SAREP) Goals and Resources (Gail Feenstra, director), UC ANR Organic Agriculture…
Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, December 7, 2020onCCOF, CCOF Foundation, events, general organic

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Join the CCOF family for a special viewing of Gather this Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. PST. Director Sanjay Rawal has generously donated his time to participate in a live Q&A session that will take place after the film screening. 

Gather is a timely portrait of the growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political, and cultural…

Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, November 23, 2020onCCOF Foundation, general organic

spreckles housingTanimura & Antle is leading the way in setting an industry standard for housing by providing modern, quality housing for its farmworker staff. In California, housing is an issue for all industries. Many high-end tech companies are investing heavily in housing to attract and retain a skilled workforce. Farmworkers, one of the most overlooked highly skilled workforces in…

Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, November 23, 2020onevents, general organic

The Real Organic Project celebrates nearly 500 farms nationwide and is expanding its educational efforts this winter by inviting farmers and students to attend their Virtual Symposium each Sunday in January from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. PST at a reduced rate, or to view the recorded sessions for free. The 2021 symposium, titled “Can Real Organic Farming Be Saved?” features over 60 leading voices in sustainable agriculture and food, including Al Gore, Vandana Shiva, Leah Penniman, Paul Hawkin, Chanowk Yisrael, JM Fortier, Elliot Coleman, and Dan Barber.

Did you know California is the third…

Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, November 23, 2020onCCOF Foundation, general organic

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When Ge Moua and her family purchased their first plot of land in August of last year, they never could have foreseen the challenges 2020 would bring. Owning their own land was supposed to bring them stability after a decade of farming organically on leased plots that were continually sold to developers, causing the Mouas to start over again each time. Seven months after becoming landowners, however, the…

Written by Adrian FischeronMonday, November 16, 2020onCCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic, transition

You still have one week to apply for a $5,000 boost for your organic transition! It can be challenging to transition to certified organic, and we don’t expect farmers to do it alone. That’s why we’ve partnered with Anheuser-Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program to provide financial support to growers during the critical phase of becoming organic. 

Want to take your farm forward and transition to organic? Maybe you’re already practicing organic methods and need that final incentive to get certified. Now is your chance to lessen the financial challenge…

Written by Noah LakritzonMonday, November 16, 2020oncrisis resilience, financial assistance, general organic, resources

The deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply for financial relief from USDA through the second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) is December 11. CCOF encourages members to consider applying for the program, which may provide significant financial relief for your agricultural business. The CCOF policy team has spoken with multiple members who have benefited from the program and is ready to support members with the application process directly.  

In addition to the CFAP resources outlined in our previous blog post, the following resources are newly available, including a…

Written by Noah LakritzonMonday, November 16, 2020onadvocacy, general organic

CCOF partner, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), is requesting farmer feedback on two initiatives:

Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Organic Community

CCOF supports OTA’s effort to prioritize these initiatives in 2021 and encourages our members to fill out the associated surveys, described in detail below, by the November 30 deadline. 

Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards

Chickens outside, standards for shampoo, and strategies for avoiding GMO contamination are some…

Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, November 16, 2020onCCOF Foundation, general organic

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Many of us who spend hours reviewing food labels and packaging can agree upon one thing: there are a lot of words associated with food right now. 

We’ve heard it for years. Words like “natural,” “fresh,” or “real” have flooded the food marketplace, leaving consumers anywhere from curious to confused. What is the difference between “natural” and made with “natural ingredients”? Why would one buy a…

Written by Jane SoobyonMonday, November 16, 2020ongeneral organic

Many opportunities for organic farmers, ranchers, handlers, and processors to participate in public agencies are now available. The hands-on expertise of organic practitioners and producers is of great value to these decision-making agencies. The following agencies have current openings:

California Biodiversity Collaborative: California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a groundbreaking executive order in early October 2020 that directs the California Natural Resources Agency to work with other state agencies, including the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), to form a…