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The CCOF Foundation Honors Dr. Karen Klonsky as Organic Champion

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Dr. Karen Klonsky spent a lifetime championing organic. The CCOF Foundation will honor her work and spirit at the CCOF Foundation Feast on December 4 at the Organic Grower Summit. 
 
Klonsky was a University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). For 35 years, Klonsky collaborated with both Californian and international agricultural stakeholders.

The Farm Project’s Jacob Pechenik to Keynote CCOF Foundation Feast at OGS

Jacob Pechenik, photographed by Claire Schaper
Photo credit: Claire Schaper and Max Wanger
 
Jacob Pechenik of The Farm Project and Lettuce Grow will keynote the CCOF Foundation Feast at the Organic Grower Summit.

The Sierra Fund Presents: Reclaiming the Sierra Art Reception, Art at the Edge of Extraction

Who: The Sierra Fund warmly invites community members and the interested public to join us alongside multidisciplinary technical experts and creatives for an evening of art at the nexus of science as we work to address legacy impacts of the California Gold Rush.  
 
What: Evening art reception to launch the fifth biannual Reclaiming the Sierra (RTS) Conference being convened by The Sierra Fund.

Thinking About Growing Organic Almonds? Now is a Great Time to Start!

According to the USDA, consumer demand for organically produced goods continues to show double-digit growth. Organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and nearly three out of four conventional grocery stores. Almonds, always popular, are benefiting from this growth.
 

Toast to Phil LaRocca at OTA's Leadership Awards Celebration

Tickets are now on sale for the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Leadership Awards Celebration dinner. The Wednesday, September 13, celebration is the kick-off event to Natural Products Expo East. Join us to recognize three pioneers receiving the 2017 Organic Leadership Awards.

Touring the Vitalis Trial Beds

A great deal of mud and an unexpected amount of rain didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended Enza Zaden Research Center's lunch on September 25.The soles of our shoes were heavily layered in mud as we toured the trial beds in the much welcomed rain. My tour group included group leader Erica Renaud, North America Business Development Manager of Vitalis Organic Seeds Seeds (the organic division of Enza Zaden); Paula Linton, Sales Executive of GreenLeaf; and Laura Batcha, CEO and ED of Organic Trade Association.

Trade Show Booth Registration and Sponsorship Packages Now Available

The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 13-14, 2017 at the Monterey Hyatt in Monterey, California is bringing together organic growers, farmers, and producers for two days of education, information, and networking with their production, supply chain, and support service providers. 
 

Upcoming Wild Farm Alliance Field Days: All Things Avian

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Oak Titmouse photo by Norman Uyeda
 
Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) and our partners are pleased to announce four upcoming field days as part of our All Things Avian Series
 
Farmers, expand your tool box by adding birds as pest control allies on your farm.

USDA and NCAT Host 3rd Annual Latino Farmer Conference

USDA and the National Center for Appropriate Techonology (NCAT) will host the third annual Latino Farmer Conference on November 7, 2017, in Palm Desert, California. The conference is open to all farmers and ranchers, and will be presented in Spanish with English translation provided via translation headsets. The conference aims to bring the Latino farming community, the agricultural industry and agribusiness, and advocates for sustainability together for workshops and networking.
 

Value-Added Producer Grants Webinar on May 6

CCOF partner organization National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is teaming up with USDA’s Rural Development to present a free webinar on Friday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT that explains Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) in depth and presents tips on how to successfully apply.

VAPG provide funds to individual agricultural producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and other producer groups to develop marketing plans or acquire working capital for a value-added enterprise.

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