CCOF and Oregon Tilth Suspend Restructuring Plans

CCOF and Oregon Tilth, two of the nation's oldest organic certification, advocacy, and educational organizations, have suspended plans to join forces. Plans for the two organizations to merge were announced in May.

On Saturday, September 29, at a membership meeting in Portland, Oregon, a proposal to rename Oregon Tilth as CCOF Tilth Foundation, revise bylaws, and transfer ownership of the certification program failed to achieve the two-thirds vote necessary for passage.  

“We were disappointed that plans proposed by our board of directors to strengthen and expand programs were not endorsed by the required two-thirds majority,” says Oregon Tilth Executive Director Chris Schreiner. “However, our organization is strong and we will continue to do the important work that we have been doing for more than 25 years.”

The boards of directors of CCOF and Oregon Tilth proposed the restructuring of the two organizations to maintain quality service at competitive prices, strengthen the collective organic voice, and provide increased support for research and education programs.

“CCOF and Oregon Tilth developed a strong bond through the process that unfolded during the past year,” says CCOF Executive Director Cathy Calfo. “We will continue to work together as separate organizations to grow the organic movement.”

About CCOF

CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1973 and is one of the nation’s oldest and largest third-party organic certifying agencies. CCOF certifies, educates, advocates, and promotes organic through:

  • A premier organic certification program for growers, processors, private labelers, and retailers.
  • Programs to increase awareness of and demand for certified organic product and to expand public support for organic agriculture.
  • Advocacy for governmental policies that protect and encourage organic agriculture.

CCOF certifies more than 2,500 organic operations in 33 states and three foreign countries and serves over 240 supporting members - consumers, suppliers, businesses and individuals – interested in supporting its work.