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Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, October 11, 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, as well as advice for farmers switching from wholesale to direct-to-…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 4, 2021

Interested in trying them?

What: 
Boxes of 1,000 crowns are available. Depending on demand, more than one box per grower may be available.

When:
Dormant crowns are available at no cost to growers starting October 1 through November 12, 2021. Plants will be dug the week of September 27, then maintained at near-freezing temperatures. Once you have the crowns, keep them in the cooler until planting.…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, October 4, 2021

With eight of their locations now CCOF certified, FreshPoint joins CCOF’s multinational membership in creating a world where organic is the norm. 

FreshPoint, a division of Sysco, is an advocate for supporting local supply chains. The benefits of locally grown produce include fewer carbon emissions required for food travel, fewer preservatives required to maintain produce integrity over a long-…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, October 4, 2021

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) part 2 is open for applications only through October 12, 2021, so if you’ve been thinking about applying, now is the time.

The original CFAP program has been expanded to include numerous specialty crops and types of livestock as eligible commodities.  

The calculation for CFAP 2 payments for commodities is based on the total sales that the farmer had in 2018 or 2019 (or, if the farmer began farming in 2020, then year 2020). When applying, first select the year you want to use as the basis. Once a year is selected, payment rates…

Written by temmelhainz on Monday, October 4, 2021

Is your food business eligible for a qualified exemption under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule? If so, join us in October for the second webinar in our FSMA 101 for Organic Processors series and find out what you need to do to comply as a Qualified Exempt operation.

Your food business is eligible for a Qualified Exemption under the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule if it meets the following requirements:  
-    It is a “very small business,” defined as having less than $1 million in annual sales of human food

Written by Laetitia Benador on Monday, October 4, 2021

During the 2021 growing season, California ranchers shepherded legislative change along with their livestock.

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 888 –  Mobile slaughter operations: livestock (written by Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County) into law, which allows goats, sheep, and swine to be slaughtered on the ranch where they were raised—the same opportunity granted to cattle ranchers in 2018 with AB 2114. 

Ranchers and a dedicated coalition of stakeholders applied the same care and commitment to AB 888 throughout the legislative process as they…

Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, October 4, 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 third episode we spoke with Patricia Rodriguez of…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 27, 2021

Fellow farmer, for the past three years I’ve been sharing my thoughts and ideas on farming with you in this blog series funded by a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. I’ve enjoyed walking with you on this journey. 

As the grant comes to an end, I’d like to sign off with some lessons I’ve learned as I enter my 20th year of farming.

Being flexible is key to being a successful businessperson. This year’s farm labor shortage forced me to rethink how I manage my farmers’ market stalls as well as my farm. I’ve been reminded that sometimes the best way forward is…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, September 27, 2021

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grant application period opens October 1, 2021, and applications will be accepted through November 15, 2021, 8:00 p.m. EST. These $1,000 grants given out by the CCOF Foundation support the next generation of Future Organic Farmers (FOF). 

Owen Gould, 2020 FOF grant recipient, focused his SAE project on soil development and health in his…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 20, 2021

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides funding to help small specialty crop producers, food processors, manufacturers, distributors and farmers markets recover costs incurred by responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including for measures to protect workers. 

The minimum funding request amount is $1,500. The maximum funding request amount is $20,000. No cost sharing or matching funds are required. Eligible applicants include small businesses and nonprofits that have 501(c)(3) status.

Grants will cover activities associated with:

Workplace Safety:…
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 20, 2021

The California State Legislature passed several record-setting budget packages last week to complete what has been an unusual pandemic budget process during a time of significant state surplus. The historic budget packages include $1.3 billion for Climate Smart Agriculture programs, farmworker housing, composting facilities, organic transition, school kitchen and food bank upgrades, and much more. The budget packages follow months-long advocacy efforts by CalCAN and our partners in the AB 125 coalition.

The legislature restored funding for all of the state’s Climate Smart…

Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, September 20, 2021

Join the CCOF Foundation for a casual and informative conversation with Michigan State University student and CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer grant recipient Shannon Good on September 30, 2021! Register on Eventbrite to receive a link to this special conversation.

During our time with Shannon, we will hear more about her journey to become an organic dairy farmer by age 16, the transition of her family’…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 20, 2021

Side gigs have always played a role in my farming career. When I first started my farm, I was working a 40-hour-a-week day job at another farm, and I worked at my farm in the afternoons and on weekends. Once I was confident that I could grow and sell my crops, I took a part-time job with CCOF managing inspectors. Later, I became an organic inspector myself. Both positions allowed me to farm during the daylight hours while managing clients and writing reports in the evenings. 

If you are still figuring out how to farm and make your business successfully support you, it may be a good…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, September 20, 2021

Barajas

For the last 10 years, Carolina Barajas’ vision has been to supply local families with healthy organic food and to inspire children and adults about the pivotal role organic farming plays in a strong community. As Barajas wraps up her degree in horticulture and organic farming systems at Oregon State University, she looks forward to educating the next generation on the importance of organic food and…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, September 13, 2021

Having a consistent display is key to running a successful farmers’ market stall. Believe it or not, when the look of the display changes or the staff running the stall switches, customers get confused. Some customers may even think it is a different farm! If your farm only attends markets seasonally, or if you have a high turnover rate in market staff, having a consistent, memorable display is even more important. 

So, how do you keep your market stall looking consistent to retain your customer base? 

Here is what I do to train my staff in market display set up.