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Complimentary “Why Buy Certified Organic?” Postcards – Get Them While They Last!

Are your customers confused about what “certified organic” means and why it’s important? CCOF’s popular Why Buy Certified Organic? cards will help educate your customers. Consumers are increasingly conscious about the quality and origins of the food they purchase. However in today’s market, with so many choices, it can be challenging to make informed decisions. These cards explain what “certified organic” means, and name the top reasons to buy certified organic foods.

Cooperative Extension Short Course on Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries

Organic vegetable and strawberry production are vital parts of agricultural on the Central Coast. There have been many changes over the years in the scale of production, but there continue to be challenges in soil fertility. The University of California Cooperative Extension, Monterey County and the Vegetable Research and Information Center at the University of California, Davis are presenting a short course that pulls together recent research on soil fertility management for organic vegetable and strawberry production.

COPAC and COPAC Processor Subcommittee Meet September 26 in Santa Rosa

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) advises the California secretary of food and agriculture on education, outreach, and technical assistance for organic producers in the state. 
 
COPAC will convene a meeting on September 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Sonoma County Farm Bureau office.

Costco Sponsoring "Meet the Farmer" At Organic Grower Summit 2017

Organic Grower Summit

 

Organic Grower Summit 2017

December 13-14
Hyatt Regency Monterey

Covilli Brand Organics Renews Support of Future Organic Farmers

If you’ve been reading the CCOF E-Newsletter for a while, you’re likely familiar with the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund.
 
Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has given more than $600,000 directly to students and teachers who are inspired to study organic.

Crop Insurance Options for Organic Farmers and Ranchers

New U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop insurance programs have expanded risk management options for organic farmers and ranchers. Are you curious to know what programs might be a good fit for your operation? 
 

Curious About Hemp? Learn More at the Organic Grower Summit

Since the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal, there has been a lot of excitement about the growing hemp marketplace. Hemp is an incredibly sustainable crop that builds soil, requires little to no pesticides, and only requires about a third of the water that is used to grow corn. The right varieties of hemp can even offer producers two harvests from one crop—the seed can be processed for oil, and the fiber can be used for textiles and manufacturing.

Deadline Approaching for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Applications!

Interested in teaching or pursuing a career in organic agriculture? Apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant!

Are you a certified K-8 teacher in the United States interested in bringing organic agriculture into your classroom? If so, please apply for one of our $1,000 Look at Agriculture…Organically! grants for organic education. Find the application details on the California Ag in the Classroom website. Applications close May 15, 2017.

Don’t Miss the First Organic Grower Summit this December

Powered by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and CCOF, the Organic Grower Summit is connecting organic growers and producers with supply chain and service providers. Join us December 13-14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

For two days in Monterey, organic growers, producers, and processors will gather for information, education, and networking with the entire organic production supply chain. If you’re a supplier, service provider, equipment manufacturer, packaging company, or technology company, you won’t want to miss your customers at this event. 

Earthbound Farm Supports Students like Lehia Apana

Myra & Drew with Earthbound Truck
Earthbound Farm founders Myra and Drew Goodman were fresh out of college when they decided to move to the Salinas Valley. With the intention of taking a year off before entering the “real” world, Myra and Drew agreed to clean up the farm on which they lived in exchange for free rent. 
 
The Goodmans were shocked to discover that part of maintaining the farm was adhering to a strict chemical spray schedule to keep the raspberries free of pests.

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