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Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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Spade & Plow Organics is Proud to Serve Santa Clara County Residents

Urban development of agricultural land is one of the biggest obstacles facing future farmers. Agriculture professionals found property much easier to find 20 years ago, when farmland was abundant, but today, as less agricultural land becomes available, the high cost of limited supply scares away budding potential farmers. One of the hardest parts of getting an organic farming business up and running now is not cost of labor, lack of consumers, or inability to find wholesale buyers for crops: it’s finding a place to start planting.

Spotlight on Earl’s Organic Produce

Earl Herrick, Robert Lichtenberg, Sovita Sau and Jeff Flowers Tomatero Farm Tour
If you take a glance at the “Who We Are” page of the Earl’s Organic Produce website, you’ll see countless references to Earl’s commitment to maintaining partnerships in organic.

Staff Working Remotely and CCOF Office Temporarily Closed

The CCOF office in Santa Cruz, California is temporarily closed to the public, effective immediately.

Starting a Specialty Foods Business Course in Santa Clara, CA

California Food Producers’ Starting a Specialty Food Business Course will cover the basics of product development, food safety, processing options, marketing, and cost analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with university and industry specialists to learn the fundamentals of how to create a successful specialty food business.

State Organic Advisory Committee to Meet Online May 7

In what has become a routine practice during the COVID-19 shelter in place orders, the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) will meet via teleconference from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
COPAC advises the California secretary of food and agriculture on the State Organic Program and on current issues in the state’s organic sector.

Stock Up on CCOF Merchandise for 2018

Need to restock your supply of produce stickers or twist ties that identify your products as CCOF-certified organic? Want to gift an organic garden sign to a loved one this holiday season? Looking for a new hat to keep next summer’s sun out of your eyes? Now’s the time to make your purchases from the CCOF store! 
From November 1 until December 31, 2017, enjoy our gift of 15% off all CCOF merchandise in the CCOF Store! Enter code GIFT15 at checkout to apply the discount to your order. 

Straus Family Creamery Weathers Impacts of COVID-19 to Dairy Farmers

photo courtesy of Dawn Heumann for Straus Family Creamery
Photo courtesy of Dawn Heumann for Straus Family Creamery @dawnheumann
When asked about how California dairy provider Straus Family Creamery continues to keep their organic producers protected during unprecedented market volatility and consumer purchasing patterns, President Bob McGee responded by saying, “My boss is an organic dairy farmer.” Lucky for their loyal network of consumers, the first-hand perspective of Straus founder and CEO,

Strengthening Organic Enforcement Rule Released

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) released an official proposed rule for Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE).

Stronger Together: Farmer Collaboration for Increased Sales Avenues

If there has been anything I have learned from experiencing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic these past few months, it is how amazing my farming community has been in rising up to meet the needs of their community and supporting each other. We make up truly important, interconnected food webs within the local food shed. We may grow different crops, but we all have a strong work ethic and the desire to feed people local food. I believe it is crucial that we see our farmer peers not as competition, but as collaborators working towards the same goal. There is plenty to go around.

Study Shows Organic Farming Reduces Nitrogen Pollution

The Organic Center released new research completed in collaboration with the University of Virginia showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale. The study found that organic farming helps prevent nitrogen pollution by recycling three times more reactive nitrogen than conventional farming. 


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