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CCOF Foundation Hosts Food Safety Workshops for Produce Growers at Three California Locations

On Monday, produce growers from across Northern California gathered in Sacramento for a workshop on on-farm food safety.

Taught by Atina Diffley—organic farmer and author of the book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works—workshop participants put together action plans to address food safety on their individual operations. In building their plans, growers considered market needs, as well as the new federal food safety regulations.

CCOF Foundation Receives Support from Awe Sum Organics for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Awe Sum Organics is an importer of organic produce from growers in the Southern Hemisphere. We specialize in the import of apples, kiwifruit, pears, grapes, citrus, and blueberries from countries such as New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and Peru.

CCOF Foundation Spotlight: Valent, the Visionaries

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We study, we practice, and we hope to find success in our chosen fields. For those working in organic agriculture, those fields are both literal and figurative. 
 
After the initial elation—and subsequent shock—of starting your organic farming business, comes the day-to-day tasks. Gone are the days of acquiring permits from the county and spending day in and day out trying to get your business off the ground. You have launched. Your modus operandi has made a sudden and dramatic shift.

CCOF Foundation Trustees Visit Pacific Elementary School

On November 17, CCOF Foundation Trustees Allen Harthorn (Harpos Organics), Phil LaRocca (LaRocca Vineyards), and Malcolm Ricci (Bolthouse Farms), and CCOF staff Cathy Calfo, Jessy Beckett Parr, and Madelaine Baer visited with students, teachers, and parent volunteers at Pacific Elementary School in Davenport, California.

CCOF Joins FFA for its 90th National Convention and Expo!

The CCOF Foundation has partnered with the National FFA Organization (FFA) to provide grants to high school students for organic Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects over the last four years. This year, Foundation staff member Josaphine Stevenson attended FFA’s National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana for the first time. The Convention and Expo were attended by 64,000 FFA students from throughout the nation.
 

CCOF Processor/Handler Chapter Meeting

Join us for the annual CCOF Processor/Handler Chapter meeting in Fresno, California, on February 27, 2019, at 3:40 p.m. Pacific Time.

This meeting is being held at the DoubleTree Hilton at the end of the CCOF Annual Conference. Learn more about the full conference.*

If you cannot join the chapter meeting in person you can do so remotely via GoToMeeting: 
GoToMeeting Virtual Attendance Registration

CCOF Releases Groundbreaking Report Documenting the Benefits of Organic

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CCOF is excited to release a new contribution to the scientific literature, Roadmap to an Organic California: Benefits Report, which distills the findings of more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific studies into a captivating and beautifully illustrated read. 
 

Benefits Report

CCOF Voting Materials Coming Soon

Your CCOF membership bylaws voting material will arrive at the end of the month.
 
To ensure that all CCOF certified members are represented at the board of directors level, members must approve changes to the CCOF bylaws that will allow the board to establish additional chapters. In September, members will receive ballots and materials and will have 30 days to respond. A 10 percent quorum is required to enact these bylaws revisions.
 

CCOF’s New Policy Report Seeks Support for Organic from Sacramento

Next week, CCOF is releasing our Roadmap to an Organic California: Policy Report, the next installment in a first-of-its-kind research project that investigates how organic is a solution to California’s toughest challenges. 
 
From climate change to economic and health inequities, organic agriculture is a proven solution. CCOF’s 2019 Benefits Report analyzed three decades of peer-reviewed research to document the economic, environmental, and health benefits of organic.

Celebrate Organic with the CCOF Foundation and Enjoy the Music of Sophia Scott

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In conjunction with the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, California, the “We Are Organic” Dinner will celebrate all things organic—the growth of organic, inspiring stories from Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund recipients, and a festive organic meal with friends in the organic community.

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