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Written by Peter NellonMonday, November 9, 2020onCCOF, general organic, member news

This November, CCOF will launch a survey of our membership in partnership with Washington State University’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC). 

It is important to receive responses from a wide range of CCOF-certified businesses, so we encourage as many of our members as possible to submit your survey. Your information and responses will remain confidential; the results will be presented in such a way that no individual’s response can be identified by CCOF. 

We are surveying members to learn more about your certified organic businesses and how to improve…

Written by Meaghan DonovanonMonday, November 9, 2020onCCOF Foundation, general organic

With its consumers and retailers demanding more sustainable packaging, the produce industry has begun to turn its eye toward sustainable packaging options. Earlier this year, many North American fresh berry producers committed to switching to 100 percent recycle-ready clamshell packaging by 2025. 

Farms that sell directly to consumers also see the benefits of sustainable produce packaging. Many organic farms consider the use of recyclable or compostable packaging as aligned with their commitment to maintain and improve natural resources.

On October 20, 2020, farmers and…

Written by Rebekah WeberonMonday, November 9, 2020onfinancial assistance, general organic

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has updated the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a federal program that pays farmers who have a documented record of stewardship to tackle additional conservation practices. Some of NRCS’s changes include

an emphasis on enhancing soil health, a commitment to soliciting input from State Technical Committees, a one-time payment for developing a comprehensive conservation plan, and support and designated organic funds for organic production and organic transitioning activities.

California received a sizable boost in CSP…

Written by Adrian FischeronMonday, November 9, 2020onCCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic, transition

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As part of a broader effort to increase organic farming, CCOF has partnered with Anheuser-Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program to provide financial support to farmers during the critical phase of transitioning to organic. We are honored to introduce you to Organic Transition grantee Amanda Wall of PAW Livestock in Pleasantville, Iowa.

Wall and her husband…

Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, November 9, 2020ongeneral organic

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Stone fruit is a sought-after treat this time of year, especially as more families prepare meals together at home. Stone fruits can be enjoyed on their own as a snack, or even tossed into a summer salad alongside dark leafy greens, goat cheese, and a touch of fig balsamic vinaigrette. California is the premier producer of stone fruit…

Written by Rebekah WeberonMonday, November 9, 2020onevents

Friends of Butte Creek presents the online Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, November 20. Watch beautiful and educational films from the comfort of your home while supporting salmon and their habitat. All donations support Friends of Butte Creek’s restoration efforts on Butte Creek, as well as the water rights endowment for the salmon. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and your admission to watch the films is good through Thursday, November 26. Visit Friends of Butte Creek for film summaries and information on tickets. 

Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, November 2, 2020onCCOF Foundation, events

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Since 2017, CCOF has proudly partnered with Matt Seeley and Tonya Antle, co-founders of the Organic Produce Network (OPN), to host the Organic Grower Summit. Typically around this time of year our staff would be hurriedly securing all the last-minute details of the CCOF Foundation’s Annual Benefit Dinner at the summit. Past speakers at this dinner have included Travis Forgues,…

Written by Meaghan DonovanonMonday, November 2, 2020oneducation, farmers markets, organic training institute, webinar

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Join the CCOF Foundation on November 17 for a webinar that highlights the innovative ways farms and local food businesses like restaurants, bakeries, and candymakers have joined forces to support each other and pivot marketing in light of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Unprecedented times call for creative measures. Gain tips from two farms that have partnered with food businesses to expand their…

Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, November 2, 2020onCCOF Foundation, food safety, funding

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced a $318,300 federal grant for the CCOF Foundation in Santa Cruz, California. The CCOF Foundation will use the USDA-awarded grant to lead a multi-state initiative to support organic food processors through food safety compliance training and education.

“When Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, it unintentionally left some of our small and mid-scale organic processors without the resources to live up to the standards of this law,” said Congressman Panetta. “When the federal government enacts…

Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, October 26, 2020onCCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmers, general organic

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Fred Fagundes, owner and partner of Fagundes Brother’s Dairy, is a generous business leader. For many years, Fagundes Brother’s Dairy has been a loyal supporter of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund (FOFGF). They continue to champion the CCOF Foundation’s programs…

Written by Adrian FischeronMonday, October 26, 2020onCCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic, transition

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As part of a broader effort to increase organic farming, CCOF has partnered with Anheuser-Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program to provide financial support for farmers during the critical phase of transitioning to organic. We are honored to introduce you to Organic Transition grantee Dr. Portia Fulford of Organpi Farms in Selma, Alabama. 

Written by Jane SoobyonMonday, October 26, 2020onfunding, general organic

CCOF’s proposal to add an Organic Transition Option to the California Healthy Soils Program was stymied on  October 15 by the panel that advises the secretary of food and agriculture on the program. Instead, the panel approved a recently submitted recommendation from the California Farm Bureau Federation to establish a new program that would provide funding for farm planning.

Due to the strain on the state’s budget caused by the pandemic, there currently is no funding for the Healthy Soils Program. If CCOF’s proposed Organic Transition Option, originally presented to the panel in…

Written by Guest BloggeronMonday, October 19, 2020onCCOF Foundation, financial assistance, general organic

The first “gigafire” in  California  in decades, a single wildfire has reached a stunning size of more than 1 million acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This record-breaking fire has destroyed homes, farms, and farmlands, and has displaced families and animals from their habitats. A community in the direct path of these angry wildfires is our fellow organic farmers, who already operate on razor-thin margins. This has been an extraordinary year with  organic farmers being hit with twofold challenges: first from the COVID-19 pandemic and now the…

Written by Noah LakritzonMonday, October 19, 2020oncrisis resilience, financial assistance, general organic, resources

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications for the second round of funding for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) through December 11, 2020. CFAP 2 features a new payment structure and simplified application process that will likely benefit many organic producers, including those ineligible and those that qualified for little relief in the first round of funding.

Farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply for CFAP 2 regardless of whether they received a payment from the first round of CFAP funding. In addition to increased payments for many…

Written by Shawna RodgersonMonday, October 19, 2020onbiodiversity, CCOF Foundation, general organic, roadmap, we are essential

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CCOF Foundation Visionary-level supporter Patagonia has long championed environmental causes and is now turning its attention, voice, and financial support toward supporting organic agriculture. In 2019, Patagonia Action Works, which connects…