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Written by Hanali Lopez-Tapia on Monday, August 7, 2023
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CAFF WhatsApp Group

If the agricultural industry is known for one thing, it would be the sense of community within farmers. Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is making it easier than ever to build the sense of community through the WhatsApp Groups. 

Are you Latino? Are you a farmer?

If you are looking to connect with other farmers, share and receive resources, keep yourself up-to-date with the latest policy shifts that impact your business, connect around labor, buy and sell, and organize in case of an emergency - join the CAFF WhatsApp Groups! They are entirely free, easy to use,…

Written by Hanali Lopez-Tapia on Monday, August 7, 2023
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Sheila Wambui

The CCOF Foundation is proud to announce our newest 2023 Future Organic Farmers cohort! Thanks to the generosity of our donors who are passionate about fostering the next generation of organic farmers, we have supported 25 students with $5,000 toward their studies in organic agriculture. 

This direct funding supports students with tuition, educational materials and resources, internships or work experience expenses, and any costs directly associated with their organic studies to further their career development. This year’s cohort is full of driven individuals who have a strong…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, August 7, 2023
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Money bags in field

Certified organic operations across the US can apply for a reimbursement of 75% of their certification-related expenses up to a maximum of $750 per scope now through the end of October. Scopes are crops, wild crops, livestock, and processing/handling. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept cost share applications in all US states and territories.

Many state departments of agriculture are administering organic certification cost share in addition to FSA. Click here to view a directory of cost share contacts in each state.

To apply through FSA, contact your local FSA…

Written by Peter Nell on Monday, July 31, 2023
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We are looking for certified organic businesses across the country that are interested in hosting CCOF staff for CCOF’s Extended Education Program. Eligible activities for staff include volunteering on organic farms and ranches, assisting with education programs, and more.

CCOF’s Extended Education Program is available to CCOF staff who have completed five years of full-time service as CCOF employees. The goal of the program is for the CCOF staff members to strengthen their skill sets and deepen their understanding of CCOF’s mission to advance organic agriculture for a healthy…

Written by Rachel Witte on Monday, July 31, 2023
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CCOF 50th Anniversary - 2023

This year, we’re celebrating 50 years of CCOF and reflecting on how our organization has developed to what we are today. 

A formative part of our history is, of course, organic certification and the development of the organic standards at the California state and United States federal levels. This give-and-take relationship between CCOF and regulatory bodies has shaped us into who we are today. 

Take a peek with us today at CCOF’s journey from 1973 to 2023. 

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CCOF is founded! Activist growers seeking to promote and define organic production practices form a…

Written by Hanali Lopez-Tapia on Monday, July 24, 2023
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HFC Grant

Horizon Farm Credit is hosting the second annual JumpStart grant program for beginning farmers. The JumpStart grant program is an annual grant designed to support the growth of the next generation of farmers and facilitate their entry into farming.

Application deadline: July 31, 4 p.m. EST.

Please see details below or Horizon Farm Credit’s website for additional information or to apply.

2023 JumpStart Grant Program 

General Program Overview

The JumpStart grant program is an annual grant offering to help the new generation of beginning farmers jump-…

Written by Hanali Lopez-Tapia on Monday, July 24, 2023
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Corn

First Nations Development Institute believes that reclaiming control over local food systems is an important step toward ensuring the long-lasting health and economic well-being of Native people and communities. Native food system control has the potential to increase food production, improve health and nutrition, and eliminate food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities, while also promoting entrepreneurship and economic development.

The Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship encourages more Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian college…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 17, 2023
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The University of California, Davis has partnered with University of Minnesota, University of Maryland, and The Organic Center to present findings on the food safety and soil health impacts of cover crop grazing for fresh spinach and cucumbers in organic systems. 

The free webinar on July 26 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT will provide attendees with an understanding of how grazing of cover crops in fresh vegetable production systems can be implemented  in three different climates: humid coastal, humid continental, and semi-arid. Register online!

During the webinar, you'll…

Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, July 17, 2023
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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to announce availability of approximately $4 million of grant funding for its Healthy Soils Demonstration Program.

The program funds projects that showcase California farmers and ranchers implementing established and emerging soil health practices. These projects create an opportunity for local communities to visit and observe soil health practices in action and understand how those practices can translate to their own operations. The program also funds data collection on soil health and/or greenhouse gas emissions…

Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, July 17, 2023
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vermont

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Vermont is collecting donations for its Emergency Fund to support farmers in the state who have experienced unprecedented flooding. Over 40 farms have reached out to NOFA-Vermont to report losses already.

Heavy rains inundated city streets and turned farm fields into lakes. News media quotes the state agriculture secretary as saying millions of dollars in crop losses are expected, with many farms incurring losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The state of Vermont has a page of flood resources for farmers and ranchers…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, July 17, 2023
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Bricmont

The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund has a long history of giving grants to organic producers recovering from natural disasters and other difficulties. To support our organic community more quickly and effectively during times of hardship, the CCOF Foundation is switching from biannual application periods to accepting hardship assistance applications year-round! 

By updating to a rolling application period, the Foundation will be able to support operations more quickly after hardships such as drought or flooding occur. We continually strive to provide a streamlined and equitable…

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, July 10, 2023
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Tools

Join NCAT and the University of California, Santa Cruz to explore tools and strategies for a successful small farm. 

Live tool demonstrations will include a variety of walk-behind tractor implements and other innovative hand tools and machines for the small farm.

This event is FREE; coffee and lunch will be provided.

Register for the event at the NCAT website by clicking on the green RSVP box. 

Please note any dietary restrictions during RSVP. 

Please contact Omar Rodriguez with any questions at omarr@ncat.org. 

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July 26

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, July 10, 2023
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American Farmland Trust, one of the CCOF Foundation’s partners, is providing grants of $10,000 to “assist farmers in successfully launching, growing, and sustaining farms in the face of forces impacting the food and agricultural system.” 

Please see details below or here for additional information, or click here to apply. 

Application deadline is July 15, 2023 11:59 PM (EDT).

Brighter Future Fund 
2023-2024 Grant Guidelines 

PURPOSE 
American Farmland Trust (AFT) is excited to announce the Brighter Future Fund (BFF) to assist farmers in successfully…

Written by Rebekah Weber on Monday, July 10, 2023
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California Assembly Bill 408—the Climate-Resilient Farms, Sustainable Healthy Food Access, and Farmworker Protection Bond Act of 2024—was passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee on July 3, 2023. The bill, which is authored by Assemblymember Lori Wilson (D-Suisun City) and Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael), proposes a $3.4 billion bond to fund programs that support resilient agriculture and healthy food access in California.

The bond would be used to fund projects in four areas:

Resilient agriculture—funding for farmers to transition to organic, emergency relief for underserved…
Written by Gaea Denker on Wednesday, July 5, 2023
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Cannabis leaf

The California State Fair takes place July 14-30, 2023 in Sacramento, California. CCOF will be hosting a display and booth on July 14-16 at the California Cannabis Exhibit in Expo Center Building 6. Come see us!

You won't want to miss hearing from CCOF’s Caitlin Slay when she speaks on July 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Expo Center Building 6 about whether cannabis can be organic. Slay will explain the history of the OCal program, what it means to be an OCal cannabis producer, and key requirements OCal producers must meet to become certified. She will also give an overview of how the well-…