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New CASFS Grower Guide on Organic Seedling Production Available in English and Spanish

A new technical but approachable guide developed by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) offers small- and medium-scale organic growers valuable information on organic and sustainable seedling production.
 
The 20-page guide describes how to effectively and efficiently grow vegetable and flower seedlings for organic operations using environmentally responsible practices.

New Partnership Will Grow Farm to School Efforts

National Center for Appropriate Technology and National Farm to School Network Awarded USDA Cooperative Agreement to Help Producers Market to Schools 
 
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) are pleased to announce their partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of

NRCS, UC Davis Announce Release of SoilWeb 2.0 App Update

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of California, Davis Soil Resource Laboratory today announced the release of the iOS and Android SoilWeb app, version 2.0. The app now has a cleaner and more modern interface with GPS-location-based links to access detailed digital soil survey data (SSURGO) published by the NRCS for most of the United States.

OFRF Executive Director Testifies Before Congress

Invoking the challenges American farmers have faced from increased weather extremes, Brise Tencer, the Executive Director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), presented testimony last week to the U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research during its hearing on Increasing Resiliency, Mitigating Risk: Examining the Research and Extension Needs of Producers.
 
Tencer, who previously served as policy director at CCOF, cited OFRF studies that characterize organic farmers’ research needs.

Open Your Business to a New World of Clients

Learn how to grow your organic business by cutting the red tape of export requirements.

CCOF is partnering with the California Centers for International Trade Development to offer comprehensive training in exporting California specialty crops.

The course, CalAgX, consists of a series of six half-day sessions and will be held at three locations, Sacramento, Clovis, and Lancaster, starting August 5 and ending September 25 (see schedule). The program is aimed at businesses new to exporting.

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Postcards

CCOF's free "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are still available! This informational card will help educate consumers about what "certified organic" really means. Your customers will walk away knowing the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Cards come in packets of 50, limit two packets per order.

Order your cards today!

Organic 101 Webinar for Small and Midsized Crop Producers

Are you interested in growing organically, but mystified by the organic certification process? 
 
Join the CCOF Foundation on Monday, October 14 for a webinar that will explain the benefits, costs, and steps of the organic certification process for growers who market directly to consumers. 
 
Some local producers grow and sell organic crops to increase their revenue.

Organic Business Leaders Celebrate Future Organic Farmers at Expo East

From left to right: Jessy Parr, Assistant Director, CCOF; Jonathan Houser, CCOF grant recipient; Melody Meyer, VP of Policy and Industry Relations, UNFI; Akello Karamoko, CCOF grant recipient; Phil LaRocca, LaRocca Vineyards, CCOF Board Chair and OTA Farmer of the Year; Emily Musgrave, Organic Specialist, Driscoll’s

Organic Certification 101 Webinar for Farmers’ Market Managers

Join the CCOF Foundation and the California Alliance of Farmers' Markets this summer for a series of webinars about organic certification geared specifically for farmers’ market managers. 
 
Our fist webinar—Organic Certification 101 on July 22—will review the basics of organic certification for farms and highlight organic best practices for farmers’ markets.

Organic Farmers Sought for Interviews About Birds on Strawberry Farms

Ph.D. student Alejandra Echeverri is working in California’s central coast to understand how strawberry growers and managers of strawberry farming operations perceive birds on the farm. 
 
Specifically, Echeverri hopes to conduct in-person surveys with strawberry growers or managers to understand which practices they are using to attract birds to or deter birds from their farms. She also is interested to find out whether they see some birds as beneficial or pests on their farms.
 

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