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Contents
First Words Know Your CCOF FEATURE ARTICLE: Water and Organic Farming Member Profile In The News Education & Promotion Advocacy Certification News Biodiversity Tips Events Calendar In The Media Member News Members Listings Classified Ads
Board of Directors
Will Daniels,
Chair
Malcolm Ricci,
Vice Chair
Stephanie Alexandre,
Secretary
Roy Reeves,
Treasurer
Allen Harthorn Cindy Lashbrook Carl Rosato Claudia Smith John Teixeira Paul Underhill
Services, LLC Management Committee Emily Brown Rosen Ron Enomoto Karen Klonsky, Ph.D. Peggy Miars
Sean Swezey, Ph.D.
CCOF Foundation
Trustees
Cathy Holden
Chair
Shawn Harrison
Vice Chair
Cindy Lashbrook
Secretary
Jim Zeek
Treasurer
Monte Black Nathan Morr
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First Words
Ihope you’re enjoy- ing the beautiful outdoors during these sunny days of summer. But, don’t plan on using as much water in your garden or on your farm as you did last year. The water crisis has finally
escalated, causing California Governor Schwarzenegger first to declare a statewide drought and then to proclaim a state of emergency in nine Central Valley counties due to severe water shortages: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern.
Although our feature article beginning on page 6 begins with some depressing sta- tistics about our water situation, it goes on to highlight real-life examples of innovative organic farmers working to conserve pre- cious resources. You might also get some tips on practices to help save water on your farm or in your garden.
You’ll find our regular Biodiversity Tips column provided by the Wild Farm Alliance on page 23. CCOF has begun to add bio- diversity considerations during organic inspections, and inspectors will report on
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potential concerns. See page 20 for more information on this new improvement which was implemented at the request of CCOF members.
There’s been a lot of talk about the new Canadian Organic Products Regulations (OPR). The Canada Organic Office (COO) has confirmed that the regulations are set to be implemented December 14, 2008. We’re frustrated because it’s difficult for us to inform members about new require- ments when they’re in a constant state of revision and we’re still not sure what they will end up being! Certified members should watch for certification updates via email. And, while we’re on the topic... CCOF was named as one of only four U.S. certifiers on a preliminary list of certifiers to be accredited under the soon-to-be imple- mented OPR. Read more on page 21.
On the same page be sure to read about CCOF’s new Unannounced Livestock Compliance Initiative. This new program helps to ensure compliance among organic dairy operations.
I had the privilege of representing CCOF at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Baltimore in May. Even though CCOF is one of the oldest and
largest organic certifiers in North America, it was still humbling to witness history be- ing made. Every recommendation made by the NOSB involved a tremendous amount of time, discussion, and consideration on the part of numerous individuals. Dozens of passionate people spoke during the hours of public comment periods over three days. It’s truly a transparent democratic process. We’re fortunate that the members of the NOSB have the passion and the ability to spend so much time on matters that are critical to organic farmers, processors, re- tailers, restaurants, and consumers. And, I’m grateful that they take their jobs so se- riously. (Yes, I admit to having dinner one night with a lively group that included two NOSB members. They deserve to have fun sometimes!)
In closing, I want to congratulate all CCOF certified members for the fantastic work you do. We’re pleased to highlight the accomplishments of some of our mem- bers on page 29. Be sure to let us know what great things you’re doing. Email me at peggy@ccof.org.
CCOF Executive Director
Michael Grippi
Michael joined the CCOF team in February of 2008 as Information Technology (IT) As- sistant. Originally from Marin County, Mi- chael has been working in IT related fields for over 12 years throughout the North Bay, Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz. Prior to joining CCOF Michael held the role of ‘IT Administrator’ for a large law firm in San Francisco. Currently, he has his hands full installing three new servers in the of- fice, and helping develop the network that CCOF will utilize for years to come. Mi- chael also assists on the day to day func- tion of computer helpdesk support for on site and off site employees. Michael enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating raw organic foods and by practicing kriya yoga and meditation.
David Hernick
A native of Egan, Minnesota, David Hernick comes from the acclaimed “onion capital of the United States.” In January of 2008, David joined the CCOF staff as a grower certification specialist. His work experience with agriculture roots back to his past work experience with elementary school kids, educating them on organic food options, and to time spent working on establishing reforestation projects in Ecuador. David is passionate about the use of beneficial fungi on farm systems, and has lectured on such issues internationally. When around the
office he offers translations and customer service for Spanish speaking clients, assess- es new applications and conducts material reviews. When not working, you can find him riding his bike or gardening.
Angela Farren
Angela works as the accounting assistant at CCOF. Since her arrival in December of 2007 she has been involved in invoic- ing and accounts payable and receiving, as well as human resource related tasks linked to benefit changes.
When it comes to organization Angela possesses many clerical skills. In the past, she has worked closely with many small companies to eliminate clutter and cre- ate efficient management systems. While working as an accounts manager for an organic food company, Angela realized the importance of organic foods and the many health benefits of using food as medicine. Recently Angela completed her coaching certification program and is now a certi- fied Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
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Crisis or Opportunity
Crisis or Opportunity
The ‘Monitor’ Mantra
The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS at UC Santa Cruz), lovingly called “the Farm” by
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those who frequent its grounds, acts as both a center for educational instruction as well as a working organic farm that distributes produce to the local community through their CSA and farm stand. Jim Leap is the operations manager for the CASFS farm and has been a leader in the research and prac- tice of water conservation. Jim’s mantra for water use: “monitor, monitor, monitor”.
Gauging water use is a difficult but nec- essary process for farmers. When prices are on the rise, knowing the exact amount of water being applied on the field can mean the difference between a profit and a loss. “Pumping underground water takes a lot of energy and therefore costs a lot of money. Anytime you are apply- ing water you should know how much you are applying because it is so easy to over-supply,” says Jim. “When you over-supply, es- sentially you are wasting water.” While giving a recent lecture to this year’s crop of farm apprentic- es, Jim stressed the importance of knowing the science behind wa- ter irrigation and the importance of quantifying the output rates for different watering systems.
Jim provided multiple ways to monitor water use including using weather station data such as the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) to
monitor rainfall, knowing the output flow of T tape used for drip irrigation, and cal- culating gallon per minute pipe flows and associated sprinkler systems. Monitoring methods have been used in conjunction with a number of water saving practices. Using soil mulch to block evaporative loss on the surface, integrating tillage practices in orchards, plastic mulches over strawber- ry beds, and planting to moisture are highly dependent on the accuracy and efficiency of water monitoring. Jim states, “Every bit is going to help and doing a whole bunch of little things ends up making a huge difference.”
Sensors and Underground Irrigation Systems
As monitoring equipment becomes more readily available, many farmers have utilized new technology to provide de- tailed information about the soil moisture content of their land. Vito Adranga, from CCOF certified Adranga Ranch, inserted moisture sensors into his walnut orchard in the beginning of 2007 and has found a large reduction in his total water use. Groups of three sensors, placed strategi- cally in different parts of the orchard and set at 18 inch, 36 inch and 60 inch depth monitor the moisture content at the differ- ent levels within the soil. “The sensors have allowed us to irrigate only when we need to,” says Vito. “I have been able to keep the soil moisture levels constant and avoid over watering.”
The benefits of monitoring soil mois- ture include not only water conservation but also large economic savings. “It is very
costly to irrigate because it not only uses a lot of water but also lots of labor,” claims Vito. “Some growers have been able to skip irrigation on a field with this informa- tion, which has saved them thousands of dollars on water and labor costs.”
Integrated water systems further the benefits of technological approaches. Though the sensors are effective in re- ducing water usage in irrigation systems, Adranga Ranch combines this technology with other practices to create an integrated water management program. “The sensors are just a part of our new irrigation system. We have replaced our above-ground, gated pipe sprinkler system with a hard line un- derground pipe system,” says Vito. “The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) set up the system for us and helped develop a plan that would improve our water use. It has greatly reduced leaking from the pipes and allows us to get water under the soil where we need it.	There is also no run off, which keeps the nutrients in the soil. We have 615 of theses sprinklers and we are able to water all 24 of our acres in one day.” Another addition was the use of a dwarf grass cover crop underneath the walnut trees. The grass keeps the moisture in the soil. It also provides a great cushion when the nuts are removed from the trees during harvest. “Really, it is a combination of all of these projects that has helped us reduce our water use and increase effi- ciency,” says Vito.
Mulches and Composting
Compost-based soil amendments and organic mulches can help to ease the bur- den of decreased water supplies for farmers facing the current crisis and demands for water usage reduction. Though difficult on a large scale, using mulching in smaller farms and gardens creates an organic layer that reduces evaporation and creates a moisture layer.
The Fall 2008 edition of Biocycle maga- zine stated how the water saving measures offered by compost and mulch were still vastly underutilized in San Diego county and quoted a study funded by the California Waste Management Board that found the need for irrigation in young avocado trees was reduced by 40 percent when mulch was used. Other research indicated mulch- ing can decrease watering requirements in mature trees by 25 percent, and USDA and numerous university studies have shown compost amended soil retains moisture better and reduces irrigation demands.
By Bridgett McGrath
Water makes up 75% of the earth’s surface, yet only 3% is freshwater. The global water crisis looms over our vast landscape as growing agricultural demands and boom- ing population growth continue to demand more from lakes, rivers, and underground aquifers. In June, California Governor Schwarzenegger proclaimed a statewide drought and issued an Executive Order di- recting immediate state action to deal with the crisis. The fate of the water supply is one of the largest issues facing policymak- ers and farmers today.
This summer will be one of the driest summers in the last 80 years. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reports that water reservoir storage is the lowest since 1994. Other sources of water are similarly distressing. The Sierra snow- pack is at a record 67% below average with runoff forecast at only 55% of normal. The crisis is compounded by increased demand for water linked to residential development, agricultural growth, pumping restrictions of the Sacramento River Delta water to protect the Delta smelt and the overall decrease in water availability.
As the water crisis in California deep- ens, everyone is looking for solutions and attention is inevitably turning to agriculture which continues to be the largest user of water in California--averaging 80% of total state use. The spotlight falls on a farming community that is already facing tremen- dous business challenges due to the water shortage.
Many farmers are dealing with water shortages by fallowing land. The United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) reduced the Central Valley Project water allocations from 45% to 40% as of June 2. According to a recent article in the Capital Press, the reduction in water allocated to agriculture in areas within the Fresno and King counties will result in the fallowing of a third of the district’s 600,000 acres of
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farmland. San Diego County’s Imperial Water District water prices have skyrocketed because of a reduc- tion in the water supply previously pumped from as far away as the Central Valley. These farmers face a harsh 30% restriction on usage with avocado producers in the region being se- verely impacted. Farmers could go out of business and a reduced food supply would provide further impetus for increased food
prices. So where is the silver lining in this dry
cloud? At this crucial moment, organic and sustainable farming practices demonstrate how to decrease water use through the selection of drought-resistant plant variet- ies, land management practices, the use of rainfall catchment systems and other water conservation strategies. The water conservation ‘best practices’ that have sprouted from the organic and sustainable agricultural communities can provide real- istic, easily adoptable strategies that can be implemented immediately to help solve the current crisis. These same strategies should inform policy decisions.
Dry Farming
Dryland farming is a technique that has been utilized in areas where annual precipitation totals 20 inches or less. The early Spanish and Italian pioneers of the wine industry brought dry farming methods with them to grow wine grapes. With dry farming crops are cultivated with little or
T-Tape Irrigation System at the Homeless Garden Project, Santa Cruz
no irrigation in soils with high water reten- tion. It is based on cultivating the soil to maintain the natural moisture provided by winter rains. Dry farming can be used to grow a number of crops including toma- toes, grapes, olives, potatoes, and squash. In central California, CCOF certified mem- ber Joe Schirmer of Dirty Girl Produce has utilized dry farming techniques for over ten years to grow his tomatoes. “We don’t have a lot of well water on our property,” says Joe. “Because we dry farm, we are able to grow in places where other people could not. We also use T-Tape for drip irrigation, which saves a lot of money. For farmers, water is money and the cost is a huge mo- tivation to implement these techniques.” Although the overall yields with dry farm- ing are slightly less than irrigated fields, dry farmed produce has noticeably richer tastes and superb quality. Dirty Girl Produce has been able to maintain crop production throughout the years under conditions of very low water availability. Since the future of farming may well be about ‘drought- proofing’ the farm, it is likely there will be a growth in dry farming, especially as farmland becomes scarcer and groundwa- ter systems become less available.
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Rainwater Catchment
Rainwater catchment ponds
Capturing and retaining rainfall can be an effective tool for reducing dependency on off-site water resources. Land manage- ment approaches such as creating levies, berms, swales and ditches all effectively capture water for local recharge. Creating catchment areas greatly reduces the de- pendency on water pumped from other areas. Collection ponds capture water during large rainstorms, which reduce ero- sion and nutrient leaching from the soil. Additionally, they provide habitat, which increases biodiversity and protects native plants and animals. Rainwater harvesting systems not only supply farmers with irri- gation resources, but can be effective tools for providing water to livestock. Capturing rainwater off rooftops of houses, barns or other surfaces can provide drinking sup- plies for cattle during dry seasons.
Creating a Framework for Sustainable Water Conservation Practices in California Agriculture
CCOF staff recently interviewed Lisa Kresge, Research Associate with the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) about water conservation research they are performing as part of a larger ag water stewardship project being con- vened by the Polaris Institute and co-led by CIRS, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the Ecological Farming Association, the Agriculture and Land- Based Training Association and the OAEC WATER Institute. The case study research will expand upon the strategies outlined in the Polaris Institute’s recent report, “Wetting California’s Appetite: The Water Challenge for Sustainable Agriculture” and will play a key role in informing Polaris’s current efforts to develop a framework and
platform for more sustainable water conser- vation policies and practices in California agriculture. The goal of the CIRS research project is to showcase some innovative ways in which farmers have reduced water con- sumption focusing more on the cultural practice side as opposed
to the technological side. Several factors, including the
price of water or the lack of water have pushed many sustainable farmers to become even more ef- ficient with water use than before. Many of the practitioners Lisa studied adopted these practices in an effort to maintain economical- ly viable and sustainable farming
operations. Some of the practices featured in the
case studies include conservation tillage, irrigation scheduling, and water recycling. The research has found that no single strategy works for every situation. Each farmer must take into account a long list of variables, including climate and soil type, when developing a water management plan. Below we give an overview of some of the key strategies. “Certified Organic” will cover the ag water stewardship frame- work and platform report in full when it is published.
Conservation Tillage
Many California farmers have long re- sisted implementing conservation tillage, citing concerns that it will not be as effec- tive here as it is in the Midwest because of climate and soil differences, farming prac- tices, and so on. Jeff Mitchell, a researcher at	UC’s	Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, has quite a bit of suc- cess working with Central Valley farmers to implement reduced tillage practices, and the CIRS research will focus on the work of a few of those farm- ers. Although their practices don’t en- tirely eliminate tillage, they reduce it signifi- cantly, improving the ability for the soil to absorb water more efficiently. A few producers implemented conservation till- age practices combined with irrigation scheduling and precision water applica- tion techniques.
Irrigation Scheduling
One farmer interviewed by CIRS had implemented 80-inch permanent planting beds in an effort to hold the moisture and nutrient content in the soil. They used a sol- id set sprinkler system and minimum tillage approach that allows them to till right after harvest, passing through and reintroducing the residue into soil rather than work the soil and reshape the beds each planting. They are able to get one or two additional crops per block, which helps with the farmer’s bottom line and improves the soil quality, through minimizing soil compac- tion. With solid-set sprinklers, this grower is able to irrigate based on soil moisture needs rather than labor or scheduling demands. This level of precision irrigation eliminates run-off and over-watering associated with traditional methods of irrigation. Minimum till and solid set sprinklers also save signifi- cant labor and fuel inputs.
Water Recycling
CIRS also interviewed an ornamental nursery to explore the newest concepts in water recycling. Nursery crops have a significant economic impact in California, and are the largest crop in San Diego County. Through a precision irrigation and water recovery system they are able to cut water use by half. The recovered run-off is blended with fresh water and recycled back through the irrigation system. In addition, the entire nursery is set-up in irrigation zones based on water needs to maximize distribution uniformity.
In undertaking their research the CIRS found that most growers they talked with are extremely creative and innovative. Their motivation tends to be related to staying in business, and by experimenting with new methods to save money, they also manage to conserve water. Farmers have to develop
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new practices as part of a risk-management strategy against the precarious future of available water supplies. Lisa also found that most of the farmers she interviewed are curious by nature. They’re always run- ning their own experiments. They all had their own test plots. And they are all risk takers. It’s not in their nature to wait on the sideline for someone else to test some- thing out and apply it. More than half of the farmers interviewed work closely with UC Cooperative Extension, RCDs and other extenders, creating and maintaining ongo- ing relationships and interactions with the research world.
Conclusions
The demand for food will only increase over time as will demand to maintain water resources vital to agricultural production. The key towards a sustainable future is rooted in the practices already in place within the organic movement and in the adoption of innovative tried and tested techniques being used by organic farm- ers here in the United States and abroad. The Polaris Institute’s report, Wetting California’s Appetite: The Water Challenge For Sustainable Agriculture, states that “A sustainable water future for California will necessarily involve a broad, multi-level ap- proach”. Collaboration between research institutions, farmers, and policy makers is essential as the condition of our future wa- ter supplies remains uncertain. As demand for water increasingly outweighs the sup- ply, farmers will face increased pressures and resource constraints. The future of agriculture must face the impending ques- tions: what is the time limit for our water resources? In what ways will this affect how we grow crops and where we will grow them? The methods of wasteful, vast irriga- tion are fast becoming a distant memory.
Organic farmers have often emerged as the principal players in the implementation of water conservation practices. Alternative approaches will continue to gain in popularity with conventional and organic farmers alike facing the challenge of man- aging this limited resource. CCOF hopes that the current water crisis and enforced water cutbacks will provide the catalyst for conventional growers to transition to organic farming and to start implementing systems that organic farmers have been us- ing for many years in an effort to conserve our precious water resource as part of their overall sustainable agricultural methods. It makes economic sense, it makes environ- mental sense, and there certainly hasn’t been a better time.
Sources: Data On future, http://www.capitalpress.info/ main.asp?SectionID=75&SubSectionID=767&ArticleID =41515&TM=6737.723
More information on water conservation is available from the following organizations:
CIMIS
The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) is a program of the Office of Water Use Efficiency (OWUE), California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that manages a network of over 120 automated weather sta- tions in the state of California. CIMIS was developed in 1982 by the DWR and the University of California, Davis to assist irrigators in managing their water resources efficiently. CIMIS develops water budgets for determining when to irrigate and how much water to apply and can be extremely useful for monitoring soil moisture.
CIRS
The California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) is a social research institution whose mission is to work towards a rural California that is socially just, ecologically balanced and economically sustainable. CIRS performs applied research that can be implemented by policy and decision makers on all levels of government and that can be used as a resource for educators and consumers. For more information, visit www.cirsinc.org
CIT
The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at the California State University, Fresno is an independent research and testing facility that plays a vital role in assisting designers, manufacturers and users of irrigation equipment to make the technologi- cal advances required for our growing, changing world. Their Landowner’s Manual to Managing Agricultural Irrigation Drainage Water is a comprehensive guide for developing integrated, on-farm, drainage management systems. For more informa- tion, visit http://cati.csufresno.edu/cit/.
NRCS
The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) services nearly 3,000 county-level Soil and Water Conservation Districts, providing conservation programs and services to private landowners. Their main objective is to implement voluntary best-management practices through the use of programs such as con- servation planning and technical assistance; conservation implementation; natural resource inventory and assessment; natural resource technology transfer; and financial assistance. Organic farmers are eligible for these resources and grants. Some programs may allow higher rates of cost-share assistance for beginning or small and limited resource organic farmers and ranchers. For more information, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District or visit http://soils.usda.gov/ sqi/management/org_farm.html.
SARE
The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program helps ad- vance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. Their publication “Smart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch has chapters on soil, plant and water management with topics on compost, conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotation, water-conserving plants, rangeland drought strategies, smart irriga- tion and water recycling. You can read a copy online or download a copy at www. sare.org/publications/water/
UC Cooperative Extension
University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) has farm, 4-H, nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisors based in over 50 counties throughout California. Headquartered at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Riverside, among many other places, UCCE conducts research and coordinates advisors’ activities. As a land-grant institution, the Cooperative Extension provides educational op- portunities and collaborates with Cooperative Extension specialists and scientists to conduct research, field-test and adapt agricultural improvements and solutions. For more information, visit www.ucanr.org.
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Cable Car Delights – Figaro Organic Gelato
With summer’s arrival and thoughts turning to hot lazy days, picnics on the beach, and ice cream, we thought it would be fun to profile CCOF’s only certified organic sorbet maker, Cable Car Delights, and to find out more about this all time favorite food. Below we talk with owner Rick Blakeney.
Q: What’s the difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet and sorbetto?
A: This can be an interesting question be- cause the government defines these items differently than what you see in the store. The store terms tend to better distinguish the product and quality. For example, the FDA defines ice cream, sherbet and water ice. There is no recognition of the terms ge- lato or sorbetto. Ice Cream has at least 10% butterfat in the dairy. Sherbet is less than 10%, leaning more towards a water base. Water ice has no dairy at all.	Interestingly, I can’t answer your question using just the FDA terminology.
To differentiate your terms, we’ll do the easy one first. Sorbets and sorbettos are the same thing, except their language. Sorbet is French, Sorbetto is Italian. They are both combinations of real fruits, water and sugar. They are light, refreshing and dairy-free. So you can see clearly the sorbettos fit into the “water ice” category.
Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. So linguistically, they are the same. In re- ality, gelato is creamier, more dense and with more intense flavors because real
ingredients are used instead of artificial fla- vors. Another interesting point, in Italy true Italian gelatos are less than 10% butterfat. According to the FDA, Italian gelato would be a sherbet.
Like many things, gelato has been given an American twist. Most significantly, the butterfat has increased over the years pro- viding a richer flavor and creamier texture. Therefore, you now see terms to distinguish the qualities: a “Super Premium” ice cream contains 14% or higher butterfat, a “Premium” ice cream contains 12-13% but- terfat, “Ice Cream” has 10%-12% butterfat.
Q: Cable Car Delights has been around since 1979. What prompted you to intro- duce the Figaro Organic Gelato brand?
A: For the most part it was a business de- cision. Our key customers are restaurants serving high quality ingredients, and I lost a customer who wanted to source an organic product I couldn’t provide. At the same time, my wife was pregnant and taking a greater interest in eating organic and I had an employee who was very enthusiastic about organic who was encouraging me to move in that direction. These three factors converged and that’s when I made the deci- sion to introduce Figaro Organic Gelato.
Q: How did you decide what flavors to start with?
A: You always have to have vanilla. It’s by far the most popular flavor. After that it was about demand and supply. I had discus- sions with the chefs at our customer restau- rants to establish what flavors they would be interested in. Then I talked with my in- gredient suppliers to establish what organic ingredients they could provide.
Q: What flavors do you currently offer un- der the Figaro Organic Gelato and Sorbet brand?
A: Our Gelato flavors are chocolate, vanil- la bean, strawberry and vanilla chocolate chip. Our sorbetto range includes black- berry, raspberry and strawberry. We are also working on the introduction of coffee and espresso flavors.
Q: Since introducing the new organic product line, what has been the response from your customers?
A: The response to our organic line has been very good. The surprise was just how well our organic sorbettos were received. I have been told by customers that they had previously not been able to find really good quality organic sorbets. Chefs have loved our berry sorbettos.
Q: You talk about a higher quality of Cable Car Delights product. How do you achieve this higher quality?
A: Well, apart from the dairy content that I’ve talked about, there are two other key characteristics that make Cable Car Delights gelato better. Firstly, it is the ingredients. We use real organic raspberry puree, not just raspberry flavoring. We use real organic va- nilla extract and not vanilla flavor and real organic chocolate, not chocolate flavoring. This alone makes a world of difference.
Secondly, the quality is affected by the air content. The volume of an ice cream product can be increased by putting air into it, like whipping cream. The greater the air content the less creamy the product. Many grocery store ice cream products have high air content, sometimes 50 % i.e. one gallon of ingredients has been increased to two gallons during the production pro- cess. Figaro Organic Gelato has less than 10% air content meaning that it has a real creamy texture and flavor.
Q: Where are CCOF Certified Organic readers likely to encounter Figaro Organic Gelatos and Sorbets?
A: Our main customers are restaurants serving high quality ingredients and our aim is to help them enhance and expand their organic menu selection. Consumers will encounter our organic gelatos and sorbettos at restaurants such Saddles in Sonoma, Palermos in Benicia, Le Cheval in Walnut Creek, Lucca in Sacramento, Figaro Gelato in Emeryville and Holy Gelato in San Francisco. We are not aware of any res- taurants that actually make reference to our Figaro brand on their menus yet. Customers will just see reference to organic, but who knows what the future holds. If your read- ers are at a restaurant and the ice cream tastes great, they could always ask where it’s from. Perhaps they’ll be nicely surprised to learn it is ours. We do not sell direct to the public at present, but never say never!
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T Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2008 report released earlier this year by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), The Foundation of Ecology & Agriculture (SOL), and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) states that nearly 30.4 million hect- ares were managed organically by more than 700,000 farms in 138 countries in 2006. The United States is listed as having 1.6 million organic hectares, in fourth place behind Australia, (12.3 million hectares), China, (2.3 million hectares) and Argentina, (2.2 million hectares). According to the re- port summary, the proportion of organically managed land to conventionally managed land is highest in European countries. The most important import markets for organic products continue to be the European
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Percy Schmeiser and Monsanto Settle Roundup Ready
LPercy Schmeiser, the farmer who found unwanted Roundup Ready canola plants in his field, has settled with Monsanto, the company that owns the GMO seeds and that persecuted him for their presence in his field. In the agreement Monsanto agreed to pay the clean-up costs of the Roundup Ready canola that contaminated Schmeiser’s fields. A crucial aspect to the settlement is the absence of a Monsanto demand for silence from Schmeiser, leaving the case history available for use in case of future claims against the GMO giant.
oIn March 2008, The Organic Center re- leased an historic report that concluded that converting the nation’s eight million acres of produce farms to organic would re- duce pesticide dietary risks by about 97%.
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Animal Production (IFAP), is an in depth study of the farm animal industry, its his- tory, its current state, and its environmental and cultural impact. The study found that conventional methods of raising farm ani- mals for food and food production “poses unacceptable risks to public health, the en- vironment and the welfare of the animals themselves.” The report summarizes a two and a half year study, and offers recommen- dations for the reformation of the industry. Not surprisingly, organic farming meets or exceeds most of the recommendations in the report. Read more at www.pewtrusts. org
The report, “Simplifying the Pesticide Risk Equation: The Organic Option,” a new State of Science Review by Dr. Charles Benbrook, the Organic Center’s chief sci- entist, provides the first-ever quantitative estimate of the degree to which pesticide risks from food can be eliminated through adoption of organic farming methods.
Less than three percent of the nation’s cropland produces fruits and vegetables. Yet, according to The Organic Center, these crops account for most of the pesticide risks from dietary exposure in domestically produced foods. The 97 percent risk reduc- tion can only be achieved if converting do- mestic cropland of organic is coupled with consumers choosing only imported produce that is certified organic. The estimates are based on up-to-date pesticide residue data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s current methods for estimating pesticide dietary risks.
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CCOF attended two large trade shows this spring to promote our members’ products; Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center and All Things Organic in Chicago. The CCOF booth was busy at both events and the CCOF 2008 Organic Directory proved popular with the large numbers of buyers looking to source organic products at both shows.
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In preparation for the 35th Annual CCOF Directory	we need you to submit your fa- vorite photos of your operations. This is your chance to be part of history as CCOF cele- brates 35 years of organic leadership. The photographs will form part of the historical archive that will appear in the special edition 2009 Organic Directory to be launched in January.
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Also, CCOF invites all certified mem- bers to send us their stories. If you are doing something new or cool, if you’ve won an award lately or reached a new milestone, we want to know – email ccof@ccof.org
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CCOF booth at All Things Organic
ECarth Day Outreach
COF’s mission is to certify, educate,
advocate and promote organic. CCOF actively promotes organic to consum- ers to grow the marketplace our certified members depend on. An important part of our consumer promotion efforts is to help consumers understand just what organic means and why they should purchase or- ganic. With this aim, CCOF recently took part in four Earth Day Events: at University of California Santa Cruz, in Sacramento, at Hewlett Packard in Cupertino and the last in downtown Santa Cruz. The booths were staffed by CCOF’s team of student interns
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FOOD SAFETY
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SOLUTIONS
CCOF Gears Up for Seventh Annual Sustainable Agriculture Pest Management Conference.
• Organic Strategies • Consultative Services • Audit Preparation Assistance • Supporting Member, CCOF &
Pest Management Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
December 5-6, San Luis Obispo, CA
Become a sponsor of the Seventh Annual Sustainable Agriculture Pest Management Conference in San Luis Obispo and gain access to a select group of agricultural consultants, managers, PCAs – and the farmers they serve across California!
Sponsorship Opportunities: Day One:
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• $750 Lunch • $350 Breakfast • $200 Break
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• Network with leading decision makers in the industry.
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• Logo in conference program. • Sponsor reference in press releases
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nce again, CCOF will be partner-
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ing with Cal Poly’s Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium to put on the seventh annual Sustainable Agriculture Pest Management Conference in San Luis Obispo. The conference offers the oppor- tunity to enhance you skills by learning about tools for biologically-integrated pest control, pesticide resistance management strategies, non-toxic vertebrate pest con- trol and beneficial soil organisms. There will be updates on important regulatory issues and discussion of risk reduction strategies for certified organic operations. Sponsorship opportunities available – see adjoining box.
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Advocacy
National Organic Standards Board Meeting
“Educational, informative and a great look at how government operates!”
CCOF Executive Director Peggy Miars, CCOF Handler Certification Supervisor Jody Biergiel, CCOF Policy Advisor Zea Sonnabend, and CCOF Government Affairs Committee member David Will attended the National Organic Standards Board meeting in Baltimore in late May. Zea presented written comments about the Discussion Document from the Materials Working Group on the Definition of Materials, and all four presented verbal comments about a variety of issues that impact CCOF members.
Briefly, the NOSB made the following recommendations:
• Permit paraffin wax plugs to produce organic shiitake mushrooms.
• Permit livestock parasiticide fenbendazole.
• Add two varieties of nonorganic cooking wine to Section 205.606 of the NOP.
• Clarify that kombu, sometimes regarded as a form of kelp, and tragacanth gum are agricultural ingredients permitted to be used from nonorganic sources (Section 205.606).
• Extend the sunset date for Methionine to October 21, 2010.
The NOSB did NOT recommend sev- eral nonorganic agricultural ingredients to be used as minor ingredients in organic processed foods.
The NOSB deferred the vote on grower groups and will continue the heated dis- cussion. Many attendees, mostly certifiers, commented on this topic, and all but two spoke strongly against allowing handlers and retailers to be certified as grower groups.
The NOSB deferred the vote on com- mercial availability of organic seed. A new recommendation will be developed based on the numerous comments received at the meeting.
A lengthy discussion on aquaculture took place, and work will continue on this topic until a final recommendation can be made.
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Farm Bill Finally Passes!
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The new Farm Bill also redefines and increases funding for Conservation Stewardship Programs that will provide organic farmers with additional resources for farming in an environmentally sound manner.
You can find detailed information about the Farm Bill programs at www.ccof. org/farmbill.php. CCOF will be working actively with other organizations to make sure that Congress now appropriates the funding for these programs, and to make sure that the programs are implemented the way Congress designed them. Claudia Reid, CCOF Policy Director, is work- ing with organizations such as OFRF/ OFAN, Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Environmental Defense, Western Growers and others on the implementation of this landmark legislation.
Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM)
As we go to print, the light brown apple moth (LBAM) continues to plague California farmers and urban residents, es- pecially in the Central Coast and Bay Area. USDA and CDFA continue to deal with public outcry against aerial spraying, two successful lawsuits forbidding the spraying in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, and pressure to deal with this pest. Controversies about the efficacy of using a pheromone to eradicate a pest, whether the pest is as bad as USDA and CDFA claim, the objectivity of the science used to establish a state of emergency, the usefulness of the human health impacts studies done by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, in Cal EPA, continue to swirl. CCOF mem- bers, supporting members and consumers are all affected by this situation. CCOF ini- tially came out in support of CDFA’s efforts to use an organically approved product in the fall of 2007. By March of 2008, CCOF revoked its support of aerial spraying, due to a number of concerns about the process, the product and the effect of spraying.
We continue to work with our colleague organizations in the Invasive Pest Coalition and the Environmental Advisory Task Force, communicate with CDFA about our con- cerns, and hope that by the time you read this, some progress has been made on this front. The larger issue of invasive pests and diseases, their impact on California’s agri- culture and the need to work with the pub- lic and the enforcement agencies to create solutions that protect our food system, our environment and our residents remains a high priority for CCOF.
Food Safety
C
This table provided courtesy of OMRI. You may subscribe to OMRI
fter agonizing delays, Congress
finally passed the 2008 Farm Bill, and
overrode the President’s veto.	This new legislation,	although	flawed,	contains additional funding for programs that are
Photo montage courtesy of Kurt West Design Services
crucial for organic farmers. CCOF would like to thank Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Organic Trade Association (OTA) for their work on this issue. Here is a brief summary of the major provisions related to organic foods and farming:
Organic research, education and ex- tension funding received $78 million in mandatory funding -- a five-fold increase from the $15 million allocated in the expir- ing 2002 legislation. This is still not a “fair share” of public investment in this area. New funding represents approximately 1% of USDA’s research budget, while organic products represent 3% of the US retail food market.
In addition to the increased research, education and extension funding, the 2008 Farm Bill addresses other factors that limit organic production in the United States, including:
COF continues to work with other
organizations on food safety issues,
primarily resulting from the dynamics sur- rounding implementation of the California Leafy Greens Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). The Agreement recently released findings after only seven months into the program, indicating that since the new standards have been implemented, no out- breaks of E coli 0157 have been reported (www.caleafygreens.ca.gov) “This report underscores the huge strides made by California’s leafy greens industry in the last year,” said LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall. “The most important news, of course, is that there were no reported food borne illnesses associated with California leafy greens in 2007.”
The LGMA was formed in the spring of 2007 in response to a food borne illness out- break in September 2006. Operating with oversight from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the LGMA is a mechanism for verifying through manda- tory government audits that farmers follow accepted food safety practices for lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens.
Claudia Reid at Leafy Green/Food Safety Round Table Meeting. Photo courtesy of Bob McFarland, The Grange
State Legislative Update
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Baltimore, MD	NOSB Report	May 2008
(www.omri.org) and receive their newsletter and other materials, including a full report on the NOSB meeting.
Table of Materials Decisions
NOP	Application /
Petitioned Substance
Agar Agar
Petitioner	Sec.
Sunset	605(a)
Final Use	Vote
Notes
Renewed
Accepted
Accepted
Renewed
Renewed
Rejected
Rejected Renewed
Renewed Accepted with an annotation. See narrative for details. Rejected
Rejected
Renewed
Rejected
Renewed
Renewed
Accepted with an annotation. See narrative for text.
Rejected Renewed
Rejected Rejected
Sunset date extended to October 21, 2010.
Rejected. Petitioner specified Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) in testimony.
Renewed
Rejected
Renewed
Rejected
Rejected
Rejected
Rejected
Accepted as Laminaria japonica and Laminaria angustata
Rejected
Renewed. Nonsynthetic form made from grape wine passed 14-0 in a separate motion.
Renewed. Synthetic form from malic acid passed 13-0- 1 in a separate motion.
Processing
13-0-1
Alcohol, cooking wine, marsala	Fairfield Farm Kitchens	606	Processing	14-0-0
Alcohol, cooking wine, sherry	Fairfield Farm Kitchens	606	Processing	14-0-0
Calcium chloride
Calcium sulfate
Camu Camu extract
Caramel color Carrageenan
Cellulose Cheesewax
Chinese thistle root extract
Codonopsis powder extract
Copper sulfate
Dextrin
Enzymes (animal derived)
EPA List 3s
Fenbendazole
Ginger root extract Glucono delta lactone
Jujube root extract Ligusticum root extract
Methionine
Okra
Ozone
Peony Root Extract
Peracetic acid
Sunset	602	Crops
13-0-1
Sunset	605(a)	Processing	13-0-1
Synergy Company	606	Processing	3-11-0
Sethness Labs	606	Processing
0-14-0 13-0-1
13-0-1 12-0-2
0-14-0
0-14-0
13-0-1
0-14-0
13-0-1
13-0-1
14-0-0
0-14-0 13-0-1
0-14-0 0-14-0
14-0-0
3-9-2
13-0-1
0-14-0
13-0-1
0-14-0
0-14-0
0-14-0
0-14-0
14-0-0
0-14-0
13-0-1
10-3-1
Sunset	605(a)
Processing
Sunset	605(b)	Processing
Shitake Mushroom Center	601 Synergy Company	606
Crops Processing
Synergy Company	606	Processing
Sunset	601
Processing
National Starch	601	Crops
Sunset	605(a)	Processing
Sunset	601	Processing
Intervet	603
Livestock
Synergy Company	606	Processing
Sunset	605
Processing
Synergy Company	606	Processing
Synergy Company	606
Coleman Meats and others	603
Small Planet Foods /	606 General Mills
Processing
Livestock
Processing
Sunset	605(b)	Processing
Synergy Company	606	Processing
Sunset	605(b)	Processing
Polygala root powdered extract	Synergy Company	606	Processing
Polygonum root powdered extract
Poria fungus extract
Rehmannia root extract
Seaweed kombu
Tangerine extract
Tartaric acid
Tartaric acid
Synergy Company	606
Processing
Synergy Company	606	Processing
Synergy Company	606	Processing
Mitoku	606
Processing
Sunset	605(a)
Sunset	605(b)
Processing
Processing
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Providing $5 million for collection of economic data about organic produc- tion and markets; Providing $22 million to offset part of farmers’ organic certification costs; Taking steps to eliminate bias against organic growers in crop insurance programs;
Establishing financial and technical support for conversion to organic production.
Tragacanth gum	Wizard’s Cauldron
You can read more about CCOF ac- tivities at the NOSB meeting at www.ccof.
606	Processing	14-0-0
Accepted •
OMRI	Page 5 of 5
Thank you to OMRI and Brian Baker for contributing to this article.
Brian Baker
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org/nop.php. Or, email Claudia Reid at claudia.ccof.org for more information.
Synergy Company	606	Processing
ew amendments to AB 541, the CCOF-
sponsored bill addressing genetically
engineered plants and liability, have been approved by all the interested parties in this legislation. AB 541 (Huffman) was heard in both the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee in early June. CCOF and other members of the GE Policy Alliance worked with the California Farm Bureau Federation to hammer out our differences and, although the language is not ideal, it continues to bring us closer to where we need to be to ensure that farmers and their crops are protected from contami- nation by genetically engineered crops.
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Certification News
Certification News
California State Organic Program Report
ETxpansion of Spot Inspections
he California State Organic Program
(SOP) has recently announced a plan to significantly increase their inspections and monitoring of organic operations in the state. The new 2008/2009 budget includes massive increases in payments to counties to implement organic spot inspections and for the State to perform pesticide residue tests. At a recent series of trainings and
meetings, Ray Green, the SOP supervisor, indicated the State’s intention to perform a series of “informational inspections” to “investigate the effective implementation of the National Organic Program (NOP)” in California.
Current plans call for ten SOP inspec- tions of certified operations for each of the 21 certifiers operating in California. The State has outlined plans for doing as many as 700 organic inspections within the state, including of inspections of certifiers. The SOP intends to use the information gained from this expansion in inspection and mon- itoring to judge “consistency” among certi- fiers and to assess the need for additional training, enforcement and other efforts.
CCOF applauds any efforts to ensure consistent and quality implementation of organic standards throughout the State; however, we do have some concerns re- garding this new SOP initiative. Firstly, it is unclear presently whether the State has the resources and authority to also visit out of state certifiers operating within California. CCOF certified operations and CCOF it- self will undoubtedly be relatively highly involved in the proposed incremental inspections due to our dominance within the State, and we want to ensure all certi- fiers and their respective clients are treated equally and fairly. Secondly, we are con- cerned about conflicting interpretations be- tween the SOP, NOP, CCOF and counties.
CCOF clients should be prepared for these visits and ready to provide copies
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of their CCOF paperwork if and when requested. CCOF clients can ensure they are protected by keeping CCOF materials approvals on hand and OSP documents and other paperwork readily available. Additionally, CCOF clients should clarify with inspectors their role, scope, and the context of each visit to identify if it is com- plaint-driven, a spot inspection, or more informational in nature. CCOF has devel- oped a ‘request for information’ form that we will require county and other agents to complete should they require information about CCOF clients. This will clarify infor- mation requests along the above lines and force the county to address any specific concerns in writing.
CCOF sincerely hopes that these efforts and increased spending by the SOP will also lead to effective follow up on organic marketplace complaints and investigations, including farmer’s market compliance is- sues and other problems.
California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) MDeeting
uring the May 8 COPAC meeting the
SOP was strongly encouraged to add a certifier seat to advise the program and more fully reflect the composition of the National Organic Standards Board, COPAC’s sister board on the National stage. CCOF has
supported this for sev- eral years and is pleased to see a newer composition of the board moving forward. Additionally, the SOP was strongly en- couraged by members of
the committee to utilize their existing au- thority under SOP regulations to investigate and address liquid fertilizer issues which continue to be an issue of contention. Visit the Spring 2007 edition of “Certified Organic” magazine online at www.ccof. org/archives.php to read more on this sub- ject. COPAC members were also provided with an audio copy of a talk by Certification Services Director Jake Lewin at the Eco- Farm Conference (www.eco-farm.org) that addressed this issue.
Biodiversity Inspection QCuestions Implemented
COF continually seeks to improve im-
plementation of organic standards. In late 2005 CCOF supplied all our clients with biodiversity guides and a letter of support for the Wild Farm Alliance’s (WFA) efforts.	Since then we have continued to liaise with the WFA to find ways to keep the important is- sue of biodiversity at the forefront of certified clients’ minds. In 2008 CCOF introduced ‘Biodiversity Tips’ as a regular article in our “Certified Organic” magazine. More re- cently, on the advice of the WFA and others, we have investigated how we could further integrate and address biodiversity concerns to enhance our inspection process.
After considerable analysis and research we have decided to NOT implement ad- ditional paperwork or OSP forms. Instead CCOF inspectors will review in greater de- tail natural resource and broad biodiversity considerations during inspections and report on potential concerns within their reports.
Initially, CCOF inspectors will focus their questions on the identification and de- scription of riparian areas or other sensitive natural resources, ecosystems or wildlife habitats. Secondly, CCOF inspectors will ask about efforts to maintain or improve these and other natural resources of within your operation. As defined by the NOP, natural resources of the operation include the physi- cal, hydrological, and biological features of a production operation, including soil, water, wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife. CCOF clients should be prepared to address these issues with the inspector efficiently so additional inspection costs and time are minimized. We are concerned about any new effort that may increase inspection time or costs but have received indications from many CCOF clients that they are willing to accept this to participate in the improve- ment of their own farms’ sustainability and in the enhancement of CCOF’s organic certification program. To assist with this, the Wild Farm Alliance has produced farmer and certifier guides addressing practical implementation of biodiversity concerns within organic farming and certification. Please visit www.ccof.org/biodiversity.php to learn more and download helpful guides for on-farm implementation of biodiversity principals. We hope that these and other ef- forts will help CCOF and its clients lead the way in organic farming as we have done for decades.
International Update:
Canadian Organic Standards - CCOF Accredited for Canadian Regulations
COF was recently one of only four
US certifiers on a preliminary list of certifiers to be accredited under the soon- to-be implemented Canadian Organic Products Regulations (OPR). Under this accreditation, CCOF is actively developing our Canadian OPR certification program, which is likely to become a new part of our existing Global Market Access program. Unfortunately, the Canada Organic Office has not completely finalized their stan- dards or materials lists in key areas. Once these are completed or nearly completed, CCOF will provide them to you and begin verification of compliance to the Canadian OPR. All clients who send products di- rectly or indirectly to Canada are strongly advised to enroll in CCOF’s Global Market Access program immediately. If you ship products to Canada and your suppliers are not enrolled in GMA, now is the time to encourage them to enroll and/or discuss with them their plans for ensuring they can demonstrate Canadian compliance.
AWill Canadian Standards Be Delayed? s this magazine goes to press, we have received confirmation that the new Canadian Organic Products Regulations will be implemented on December 14, 2008.
Additionally, ongo- ing negotiations for equivalency are occurring between both the EU and
US and Canada. It is possible that the US will achieve some level of equivalency with Canada, but this is by no means as- sured. CCOF is moving ahead aggressively with ensuring that a certification program will be in place should CCOF operations require an additional level of verification to send their products to Canada.
TJapan Recognition Agreement he USDA has recently announced a rec- ognition agreement between the USDA and the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in Japan. Under this recognition, MAFF will be able to directly accredit Japanese certifiers to certify within Japan to the USDA NOP standards. This is an important step forward between the USDA and MAFF and may lead to improved
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operations. These inspections are intended to provide information about grazing and other practices over long periods of time and repeated visits during different graz- ing conditions. Typically, CCOF inspectors will observe CCOF certified dairies during their identified grazing periods for an hour or more while also observing key grazing indicators. Wherever possible, visits will be repeated during a single day or series of days. CCOF intends to perform a mini- mum 12 visits in 2008 and at least 20 by June 2009 in addition to our ongoing regular inspections. CCOF will use these observations to bring any concerns to the attention of an operation and to improve our interpretations of pasture requirements. As the program develops CCOF intends to utilize it as a ‘best practice’ model for visits to CCOF organic dairies and to provide the basis for a system for verifying other live- stock operation practices such as access to outdoors in poultry.
Online renewal and payment options
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time. USDA and MAFF equivalency and trade issues. Under current standards products destined for Japan must be certified to Japanese Standards (JAS) or be produced without 3 prohibited materials and shipped with a “TM-11”, export document.
FCinished E-Forms
COF is pleased to announce the com-
pletion of E-Form versions of CCOF’s entire Grower and Processor/Handler Organic System Plans. The documents are in a Microsoft Word format and allow clients to directly type their OSP and facili- tates updates etc. CCOF hopes the E-Forms are easier for our clients and help save time. They are available online at www.ccof.org/ certification.php. If you would like a CD version of the new E-Forms, simply email ccof@ccof.org or call (831) 423-2263. In the future we hope to offer more electronic sections.
Unannounced Livestock ompliance Initiative
C COF has launched a significant expan-
sion in our unannounced inspection efforts targeted at the organic dairy sector. Beginning late May 2008, CCOF imple- mented an aggressive program to increase our monitoring and oversight of access to pasture and other issues in the organic dairy sector. While this comes at the ex- pense of some other efforts, we’ve decided to concentrate in this area since this has
been an ongoing issue of concern in the organic community and it’s important to CCOF to ensure that we are gathering credible information about ongoing prac- tices throughout CCOF’s organic dairy
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clients, CCOF is developing an online renewal and payment system as part of our overall strategy to move increasingly to online and electronic documentation options. CCOF clients will now be able to submit their annual renewal online at www.ccof.org/renewal.php. Paying annual fees and inspections bills can also now be completed online at www.ccof.org/pay- ment.php. Both options can be accessed at www.ccof.org by clicking on certification and then “renewal” and/or “pay bills”.
In the future we hope to provide an ‘on- line only’ paperwork option for those op- erations that prefer it. CCOF’s July renewals in the Desert Valley region are the first to receive an online renewal email prior to re- ceiving their paper contract. CCOF clients from earlier periods who have not renewed yet can access this option now to avoid non-compliance issues.
Biodiversity Tips
Summer Musings on Farm Health and Safe Food
In the flurry of summer, when the farm seems to have a life of its own and sieze control of the farmer’s destiny, a little biodi- versity can go a long way. Stopping under the cool oak tree where a rodent-eating rap- tor just breakfasted, visiting the pollinator garden buzzing with mason and bumble- bees, or resting at the end of the day next to an odd-shaped piece of land restored with native plants that attract wildlife–can calm the soul. It’s part of what makes farming interesting–at least that is what we often hear farmers say about biodiversity.
CCOF recognizes that biodiversity con- servation is part of the National Organic Program rule – not just part of its philoso- phy but part of its legal definition. The op- erator must maintain or improve the natural resources of the operation, including soil, water, wetlands, woodlands and wildlife (see Certification News on p. 20).
Knowing this detail could come in handy the next time a food safety auditor recommends a sterile approach to farming, such as destroying that pollinator garden or the native grasses planted in a ditch to stabilize the banks and protect water qual- ity. Misguided recommendations like these are targeted towards reducing wildlife presence, but little has been documented implicating wildlife.	In fact, a recent UC Cooperative Extension bulletin states that “unless future research findings indicate otherwise, it is hard to justify extensive
trapping, baiting, fencing and vegetation clearing for the specific purpose of reduc- ing animal vectoring of E. coli o157: H7.” They came to this conclusion based on finding that no voles, mice, ground squir- rels, or other rodents have been associated with pathogenic E. coli in coastal California
flowering coyote brush, the stretch of wil- lows and ceanothus that support native pollinators who in turn visit almond blos- soms, making the farm less dependent on imported pollination services. Without that native plant thicket full of shrubs and trees, the piece could be overrun with weeds in-
stead of attracting pest-destroying parasitic wasps, minute pirate bugs and lacewings. Similarly that oak tree–almost an ecosystem by itself– supports insect-eating bat species roosting under loose bark, song- birds nesting in the canopy, and thousands of species of insects. Plus, it may be growing on a hill or near a creek holding the soil in place that could otherwise be a costly loss.
The web of biodiversity also offers protection from dust- and water-borne pathogens. Research has shown that dust can carry E. coli 0157. Native plant hedgerows and windbreaks reduce wind and serve as a buffer between crops and manure-laden dust on nearby ranch lands. Moreover, according
to UC researchers, grasses and wetlands filter from 70 to 99% of pathogens like E. coli in runoff. The beauty of a farm rich in biodiversity provides mul- tiple functions that sustain its operation, from polli- nation, pest control, food safety and complying with the federal organic rule, to sharing a peaceful moment at the end of the day. To learn more, go to: www. ccof.org/biodiversity.php
Wild Farm Alliance. Food safety requires a healthy environment: Policy recommendations for E. coli 0157. www.wildfarmalliance.org/
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farms. By turning a problem audit into an opportunity, the farmer can help to educate food safety auditors, not only what is at stake with the legal organic requirement, but how farming with nature can help with managing the crop.
Often, these auditors are more famil- iar with processing plants than farms and could benefit from learning how organic farming requires and relies on many in- terrelated natural processes. There’s the pollinator garden containing early spring
resources/WFA%20Food%20Safety%20Paper.pdf Stuart, D., C. Shennan, and M. Brown. 2006. Food safety versus environmental protection on the Central California Coast: Exploring the science behind an ap- parent conflict. UCSC, The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Research brief #10, fall.
http://casfs.ucsc.edu/publications/briefs/index.html Salmon, T., R. Smith and S. Koike. Food safety and Salinas Valley crops: #3. Rodent control in leafy green vegetable production. UC Cooperative Extension.
Monterey Crop Notes. May/June 2008. Tate, K., E. Atwill, J. W. Bartolome, and G. Naderd.
2006. Significant Escherichia coli attenuation by vegetative buffers on annual grasslands. Journal of Environmental Quality 35.
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Events Calendar
Organic Winegrowing Conference
July 17-18, Rutherford, CA
Napa Valley Grape growers present the only all-organic conference in the wine industry. Held at the beautiful Frog’s Leap Winery in Rutherford, the conference provides a wealth of information and net- working opportunities for those interested in organic viticulture. CCOF will be part of the event. Visit www.napagrowers.org.
Slow Food Nation
August 29-September 1, San Francisco, CA
Slow Food nation will hold an unprec- edented public event, “Slow Food Nation,” at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Slow Food Nation will aim to bring individuals and grassroots organi- zations into a new, united activism that changes the way America produces food and the way Americans eat. For updated in- formation visit www.slowfoodnation.com.
Harlan II: An International Symposium: Biodiversity in Agriculture
September 14-18, UC Davis, CA
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CCOF’s 3rd Annual Organic Beer & Wine Tasting
October 24, San Francisco, CA
Join CCOF for our popular Organic Beer & Wine Tasting event in conjunction with the Ferry Buildings Annual Harvest Festival. Sample premium brews, wines and spirits and learn more about the benefits of organics. More information at www.ccof.org/ccoftasting.php.
7th Annual Sustainable Pest Management Conference
December 5-6, San Luis Obispo, CA
Enhance your skills, earn continu- ing education credits and enjoy beautiful San Luis Obispo! Featuring in- novative pest management practices for sustainable agriculture. Sponsored by CCOF and SARC. More information at www.ccof.org/pcaconference.php
To list your event email ccof@ccof.org or fax to (831) 423-4528. Please indicate “New CCOF Calendar Listing” in the subject line. Submission is based on a space available basis.
COF will have a booth at the 2008
Produce	Marketing	Association
Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition will be held in Orlando Florida. For more information visit www.pma.com
PLANNING ON
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You’re probably in this farming thing for the long run, which is the best reason to consider using compost rather than a chemical fertilizer for your crops. Repeated use of chemical fertilizer has a detrimental effect on the soil, making it poorer every year because
the nutrients required by your crop, so there’s no depletion of the soil. It’s what they’re calling “sustainable farming” now. We just call it smart.
Better yet, for less than $100 per year per acre (based on the average wine grape crop), you pay LESS for our compost than for
usually the nutrients removed by the plants aren’t being replaced. Our Agrow-Blend compost is a complete fertilizer, providing all
Good from the ground up.
common chemical fertilizers. So if you’re planning on keeping your farm for a while, give us a call: (707)485-5966
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Community Development, and Plant Sciences of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the UC Genetic Resources Conservation Program, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources with guidance from an international ad- visory committee. More Information at harlanii.ucdavis.edu
PMA, (Produce Marketing Association), Fresh Summit
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In The Media
www.606organic.com - New Website Lists Commercially Available Organic Minor Ingredients
This new site, managed by the Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA), provides an important resource for companies to list and find organic versions of minor ingredi- ents that currently appear on the National List. Agricultural ingredients may only be used in non-organic form in products la- beled organic if they are listed on 205.606 (the National List) AND are not commer- cially available. This site presents a way for companies that produce organic minor ingredients to promote their products, such as hops, and a viable resource for compa- nies needing to do searches for commercial availability. CCOF will accept searches on www.606organic.com as part of a com- mercial availability sourcing plan.
MarroneOrganicInnovations.com 877-664-4476
info@MarroneOrganics.com
MontereyAgResources.com (559) 499-2100
The War on Bugs
In the early nineteenth century, as the American population grew rapidly, so did the demand on farmers to match this growth. Seizing an opportunity to play upon fears of food shortages, chemical companies declared war on what they dubbed the archnemesis of the average American farmer and the American dream - bugs. In The War on Bugs, Will Allen exposes the smoking guns of chemical companies’ marketing campaigns that have pushed toxic pesticides and fertilizers on farmers in America and around the world for more than 150 years. He reveals how noxious wastes were repackaged as miracle cures for insect infestations, how chemical weapons manufacturers sought domestic markets for their deadly concoctions, and how the tactics of war-mongering propa- ganda were utilized to convince farmers and consumers alike that nature was an enemy to be defeated and subdued in the pursuit of modern food production. The War on Bugs is richly illustrated with two
centuries’ worth of advertisements—in- cluding enormously influential ads drawn by Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) to promote Flit. Allen simultaneously documents the waves of resistance put forth by farmers, consumers, and activists, pushing back against each new generation of “scientific” promises for better living through big busi- ness chemistry.
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Member News
Uncommon Brewers
Newly certified member, Uncommon Brewers, has opened up for business with their certified organic Siamese Twin Ale. The Santa Cruz-based operation has attempted something new by selling their Belgian-style double ale in recyclable alu- minum cans. After six years of research and development, the microbrewery hopes to distribute throughout the Bay Areas and provide innovative and fresh taste to beer- thirsty people everywhere.
Campbell’s Expanding Organics
CCOF certified Campbell Soup Company announced plans to ex- pand its largest processing facility located in Dixon, California to incorporate more organic and locally grown produce for its organic products. The expansion increases the plant by 2,400 square feet with an impressive 15 percent increase in organic production. The renovation, with estimat- ed cost of $23 million, will also include plans to expand agricultural production in neighboring counties and diversification of organic products such as V8 juice, Prego Pasta Sauce, and Tomato Juice.
Baby Yellow Carrots Adding Color to SupermarOket Shelves range may
be the most common carrot color, but farm- ers and farmer’s market shoppers know that carrots can come in range of colors from white to purple. Cal-Organics Farms is taking colorful carrots to a broader market this spring. The company, a division of CCOF certified Grimmway Farms has in- troduced a 1lb bag of organic yellow baby carrots and a 10 oz. bag of “color shred carrots.” The colorful carrots can be found on supermarket shelves across the country.
Saveur Magazine Features Massa Organics
Parducci Wins 1st US Carbon NTeutral Vineyards Award
hrough a comprehensive program of
onsite mitigation and carbon credits, Parducci Family Farmed is the first winery in the United States to achieve carbon neutral status. Parducci partnered with the California Climate Action Registry (www. climateregistry.org) to calculate emissions of their greenhouse gases. The winery and vineyards then took measures to mitigate and offset those emissions.
In three short years, Parducci Family Farmed has implemented significant mitigation practices that include a solar installation, an energy-efficiency audit in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the implementation of biodiesel in company vehicles and farm equipment, converting from incandescent to fluorescent lighting in the winery and a local tree planting program. Parducci is one of the brands of CCOF certified Mendocino Wine Company. To find out more, visit www.mendocinowinecompany.com/ parducci_sustainability/
Earth-bound forEgreatness!
arthbound Farm
founders Drew and Myra Goodman received the Organic Trade Association’s Leadership Award at the 2008 All Things Organic Conference
in Chicago for their contributions to the organic community. Through their efforts, organics have broken into mainstream su- permarkets and opened new avenues for farms and consumers alike. Both Drew and Myra have been active in marketing organ- ics and promoting innovative practices for over 20 years. Under the Earthbound Farm brand, countless smaller organic farms have continued to thrive and continue to blaze the trail for the growing demand for organic produce. In addition to this prestigious award, Earthbound Farm has furthered its commitment and leadership through plans to phase out its conventional produce label, Natural Selection Foods, from operation. Representatives announced that their two processing facilities would soon be 100% organic, as the conventional brand will be replaced with organic production.
rown Rice Recipe BM
ary Beth Massa, mother of CCOF
certified rice farmer Greg Massa, had a family recipe featured in the in the May 2008 issue of Saveur Magazine. Greg Massa’s Brown Rice pilaf uses leftover rice and vegetables with the addition of chopped pecans to add a pleasant crunchiness and heighten the inherent nuttiness of brown rice. Produced in much smaller quantities than conventional rice and milled in small batches not far from the fields, Greg Massa’s medium grain Calrose brown rice is deli- ciously sophisticated. Go to www.saveur. com/food/classic-recipes/ for the full recipe.
Ineeka Teas Celebrates
CCOF tea producer and exporter Ineeka has had a lot to celebrate recently. Firstly, there was the launch of its pictur- esque and breathtaking www.ineeka.com. Visitors to the site are invited to take a
journey with them to their home in the Himalayas, to be mesmerized by
undulating rolling green hills, to be envel- oped by the rich and abundant flora and fauna and to witness first hand how the people there have been proudly carrying on the traditions of their ancestors since 1861. Second came the launch of seven new ex- citing compositions including a Hibiscus Ginger Orange blend, Spearmint Lavender, White Tea with Lemongrass, and a beauti- ful RoseBerry that pairs full berries and the finest rose petals. And last but not least, was becoming the only tea company to win the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) award for Outstanding Beverage in the last decade. This summer they will be celebrating again, with the launch of seven jewels, a new range of organic teas that will include an Earl Grey Whole Leaf tea that uses real bergamot fruit instead of the usual oil or flavoring.
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n Bacterial leaf spot in tomato was reduced by 50%.
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CCOF invites all certified mem- bers to send us their stories. We are particularly interested in hearing from farmers. If you are doing some- thing new or cool, if you’ve won an award lately or reached a new milestone, we want to know – email ccof@ccof.org
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NEW CERTIFIED MEMBERS
Agusa, Inc.
Joel DeLira & Jeff Babb Lemoore, CA (559) 924-4785 Tomato Powder
Alger Vineyards
John H. Alger Manton, CA (530) 474-1014 algergrapes@msn.com www.algervineyards.com Grapes (Wine)
Alive And Radiant Foods, Inc. Penny Horowytz Berkeley, CA
(510) 527-8916 blessingsalive@yahoo.com www. blessingsaliveandradiantfoods. com Cookies
Aslan Cold Storage, LLC
Scott Critchley & Jeff Fleming Kingsburg, CA (559) 903-0406 Cooling
Billy’s Farm DBA Star Fresh Organics Paul Weubbe Sacramento, CA
(562) 810-1753 pweubbe@na.ko.com Christmas Trees, Eggplant, Herbs, Onions, Peppers, Persimmons, Pumpkins, Squash, Tomatoes (Fresh Market), Walnuts
Boghosian Organic Farms
Philip Boghosian Fowler, CA (559) 834-5348 philipBRP@aol.com Grapes (Raisin)
C. William Johnson
Tyler Carter Durham, CA (530) 891-6631 cerjohnson1@aol.com Alfalfa
Cabral Farms
Louis Cabral Livingston, CA (209-581-2144 cabralfarms@aol.com Oats, Wheat
California Fruit Company
David Hobbs San Diego, CA (877) 378-4811 David@CaFruitCo.com www.CaFruitCo.com Blueberries
California State University Fresno - Horticulture Unit Calliope Correia, John Bushoven, and Sajeemas Pasakdee
Fresno, CA (559) 273-2952 Herbs, Mixed Vegetables, Ornamental Plants
Chooljian Brothers Packing Company, Inc. Mike Chooljian Sanger, CA
(559) 875-5501, MChooljian@ chooljianbrothers.com Cranberries (Dried), Dates (Dried), Packing, Prunes, Raisin Dehydrating, Raisin Processing, Raisins
CHR Properties LLC
Rich Hart, Pat Raymond & John Caney Rainbow, CA (760) 728-2905
Oranges
Christine’s Organic Farms & Nursery Christine Lam and Angela Mayfield
Riverbank, CA (415) 753-0973 Mixed Fruits & Vegetables
Congeladora America S.A. De C.V. Roberto Reyes Padilla Jacona, MC
(351) 516-0970 roberto@america1.com.mx www.america1.com.mx Handling, Packing, Storage
Copeland’s Cherry Ranch
Chari & David Copeland Leona Valley, CA (661) 270-1900 copelandscherryranch@gmail. com
Cherries
Couture Farms
Chris Couture Kettleman City, CA (559) 386-9865 stacyseeds@charter.net Asparagus
Crooked Branch Ranch
Mary Ellen and Joseph Crooks Jamul, CA (619) 669-6854 jmlmary@yahoo.com Lemons
CV Vista Farms (DSA)
Carlos Vasquez Aromas, CA (831) 212-6897 cvvistafarms@yahoo.com Strawberries
D. Emanuelli Ranches
Don Emanuelli Brawly, CA (760) 344-1104 demanuelli@yahoo.com Alfalfa Hay, Wheat
D. Martinez Organic Farm
Domitila Martinez Greenfield, CA (831) 262-5822 Artichokes, Celeriac, Chard, Fava Beans, Fennel, Kale, Onions, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes (Fresh Market)
Dean Kautz
Dean, Venoma & Shelbi Kautz Kingsburg, CA (559) 897-5470 kautzkngsbrg@aol.com Nectarines, Peaches, Pluots
Del Biaggio Dairy
Daniel Del Biaggio Ferndale, CA (707) 786-4911 gesha@suddenlink.net Cattle (Dairy- Transitioned), Milk (Raw), Pasture
Delta Blue Blueberries
John Glick Manteca, CA (209) 471-4406 johnglick95212@hotmail.com www.deltablueblueberries.com Blueberries
Devansoy Farms
Deb Wycoff Carroll, IA (800) 747-8605 dwycoff@devansoy.com www.devansoy.com
Soy Chips, Soy Flour, Soy Milk, Soy Products
Domaine Carneros Ltd.
Roberto Gonzalez Napa, CA (707) 257-0101 estclair@domainecarneros.com www.domainecarneros.com Grapes (Wine)
Earthbound Farm- Carmel Valley Organics Will Daniels San Juan Batista, CA
(831) 623-7880 will@ebfarm.com Cover Crop, Fruit, Mixed Vegetables, Raspberries, Strawberries
Earth’s Sweet Pleasures
Lloyd Cargo & Reonne Haslett Nevada City, CA (530) 292-3425 hawkp51@wildblue.net earthssweetpleasures.com Chocolate
Ezaki Farms
Chris Ezaki Kingsburg, CA (559) 897-5744 mcezaki@aol.com Fallow, Grapes (Table), Peaches
F & F Machado Farms
Frank Machado Livingston, CA (209) 394-3397 Alfalfa, Pasture
Family Tree Farms
Evan Pence Reedley, CA (559) 591-8394 evanp@familytreefarms.com familytreefarms.com Nectarines
Family Tree Farms
Evan Pence Reedley, CA (559) 591-8394 evanp@familytreefarms.com familytreefarms.com Nectarines
Fritz Ruegger Farming
Fritz Ruegger Westmorland, CA (760) 344-7336 fritzruegger@yahoo.com Carrots, Onions
Giddyup Garlic
LuAnn Ward Hood River, OR (541) 354-1312 giddyupgarlic@gmail.com www.giddyupgarlic.com Garlic, Hay
Grupo Agricola Delicias, S.A. De C.V. (DSA) Rogelio Morales Fernandez Zamora, MC
(351) 520-1177 grupoagricoladelicias@yahoo. com.mx Strawberries
Guenther & Sharon Bekeschus Guenther & Sharon Bekeschus, Caruthers, CA
(559) 864-8605 Grapes (Raisin)
Harris Fresh, Inc.
Douglas Stanley Coalinga, CA (559-945-7450 dougstanley@harrisfresh.com Garlic, Onions, Packing
Healthy Gardens
Jay Perez and Cynthia Carpenter Mount Shasta, CA (530) 918-9564 healthygardens4u@yahoo.com Transplants
Homegrown Organic Farms
John France Porterville, CA (559) 781-7419 jfrance@ocsnet.net Fruits, Vegetables
Homegrown Packing And Cold Storage, LP Brenna Avinelis Arvin, CA
(661) 854-1923 Brenna@agricare.com Cooling, Packing, Shipping
Homegrown Packing And Cold Storage, LP Brenna Avinelis Arvin, CA
(661) 854-1923 Brenna@agricare.com Cooling, Packing, Shipping
Homme Ranch
Bruce & Rebecca Homme Temecula, CA (951) 694-9585 rebhomme@hughes.net Avocados
J & J Farms (DSA)
James K Harney Watsonville, CA 831) 760-0724 jfarmguy@aol.com Strawberries
Jack Neal & Son, Inc./Heitz Winery Mark Neal St. Helena, CA
(707) 963-7303 mneal@jacknealandson.com Grapes (Wine)
Jack Neal & Son/1540 Howell Mountain Mark Neal St Helena, CA
(707) 963-7303 www.jacknealandson.com Grapes (Wine)
Jack Neal & Son/La Fata
Mark Neal St Helena, CA (707) 963-7303 www.jacknealandson.com Grapes (Wine), Olives
Jesus Espindola
Saúl Espindola & Jesus Espindola Hollister, CA (831) 637-1548 saúl-e@hotmail.com Raspberries
John Anderson Farms, Inc.
John and Jeanne Anderson Tule Lake, CA (530) 667-5140 johna@cot.net
Alfalfa
John Sordelet Green Thumb Services John Sordelet Arroyo Grande, CA
(805) 423-0637 Fava Beans, Gooseberries, Potatoes
John Verwey Dairy, Inc.
Rodger Lehman Fresno, CA (559) 289-7814 almonddude@csufresno.edu Almonds
John Woolley Ranch DBA Pure Potter Valley Paige Poulos Potter Valley, CA
(707) 743-2337 paige@purepottervalley.com Grass
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Kodo Inc. DBA Dana Estates Inc. Cameron Vawter Rutherford, CA
(707) 943-4365 cvawter@danaestates.com www.danaestates.com
Krier Foods
Pat Bichler, Diane Miller, & Alyce Collins Random Lake, WI (920) 994-2469
Co-Packing
Laguna Mist Farms
Paul Scheid Castroville, CA (831) 970-6535 Paul@oceanmist.com Artichokes
Lantz Properties III, LLC DBA Samuel Brannan Vineyards Edgar A. Lantz and Cynthia Lantz Calistoga, CA
(510) 755-7275 edgaralantz@aol.com Grapes (Wine)
Lark LLC, DBA Lark Farms
Mark Anderson Pasadena, CA (310) 801-0794 anderson@larkfarms.com Tomatoes (Fresh Market)
Le Vin Winery
Holly Harman & Eric Levin Cloverdale, CA (707) 894-2304 hrh@sonic.net www.levinwinery.com Grapes (Wine), Olives
Little Bug Baby Food
Melissa Swanson, Reva Murphy, & Elizabeth Murphy El Cerrito, CA (510) 524-1882 melissa@littlebugbaby.com littlebugbaby.com
Baby Food
Lloyd & Babette Pareira DBA Oak Valley Dairy Lloyd and Babette Pareira Merced, CA
(209) 722-1149 ovdairy@wildblue.net Chickens
Magneson Dairy Inc
Scott, Pam and Charles Magneson Cressey, CA (209) 631-1564 smagneson@gvni.com
Corn (Dry), Fallow, Pasture, Wheat
Mayfield Family Farms And Nursery Christine Lam, Angela Mayfield, and Christopher Mayfield Riverbank, CA
(209) 683-9302 Mixed Fruits & Vegetables
Merrill Farms, LLC
Caitlin Lewis-Soto Salinas, CA (831) 424-7365 caitlin@merrillfarms.com Strawberries
Mondragon Camilo DBA Vb Farms Gladys Mondragon Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 239-1180 gmm_16@hotmail.com Blackberries, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Green Beans, Lettuces, Peas (Fresh), Raspberries, Strawberries
Morrison Vineyard
Ian Morrison Kenwood, CA (707) 833-2065 ianlm@comcast.net morrisonvineyard.net Grapes (Wine)
NCFS - Real Food 4 Real People DBA Northern California Farm Service Paul Singh
Gridley, CA (530) 979-1455 paull0288@aol.com Mixed Vegetables, Prunes
New West Cooling Company
Jim Tipton & Dan Nicola Watsonville, CA (831) 728-1965 jtipton@calgiant.com Cooling
Nexgen Pharma, Inc.
Jessie Wirth Irvine, CA (949) 260-3710 jessiewirth@nexgenpharma.com nexgenpharma.com
Dietary Supplement, Manufacturing, Packaging
Ohki Farms
Robert and Michael Ohki Livingston, CA (209) 394-8366 ohkirj@yahoo.com Almonds
Palmer Traynham
Palmer Traynham Arbuckle, CA (530) 476-2033 Pasture, Sudan grass
Penner Ag, Inc.
Risa Bakker Dinuba, CA (559) 591-8741 pennerag@hotmail.com Packing
Phillips Farms
Kathy Carpenter, Doug Phillips, D.J. Phillips, & Israel Gonzalez Visalia, CA (559) 798-1871
Cherry Processing
Pride Of San Juan
Mike Brautovich San Juan Batista, CA (831) 623-4130 bharden@prideofsanjuan.com Chives, Frisee, Herbs, Radicchio, Spring Mix
Primal Essence, Inc.
Marcy Rios Oxnard, CA (805) 981-2409 marcy@primalessence.com Extracts, Processing, Tea
Prime Time International
Allan Smith Coachella, CA (760) 399-4278 asmith@primetimeproduce.com www.primetimeproduce.com Bell Peppers
Productos Agricolas Ayala S.A De C.V (DSA) Luis Manuel Ayala Rodriguez Zamora, MC
(011) 52-351-517-5550 lmar66@hotmail.com Blackberries
Pure Pacific Organics
Kirk Johnston, Tom Russell, & John Savage Salinas, CA (831) 755-1398 kirkj@purepacificorganics.com Arugula, Chard, Frisee, Lettuce (Green Oak), Lettuce (Lolla Rosa), Lettuce (Red Oak), Lettuces, Mizuna, Radicchio, Red Chard, Red Kale, Red Leaf Lettuce, Red Mustard, Romaine, Salad, Tango, Tatsoi
Rancho Rocoso
Kari Flores, Francis & Carmen Fernandez San Francisco, CA (415) 661-9992 karif@ix.netcom.com
Grapes
Reed Ranch And Farm
Raymond and Yvonne Reed Bakersfield, CA (661) 872-3800 rayreed@atginternet.com Corn (Fresh), Cucumbers, Grapes, Okra, Peppers, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes (Fresh Market), Watermelon
RG Farms
Miguel Ruiz Watsonville, CA (831) 722-1970 Mixed Vegetables, Raspberries, Strawberries
Richard A. Lewis
Richard A. Lewis Los Banos, CA (209) 826-1958 organic_apricots@yahoo.com Apricots
River Ridge Farms, Inc.
Rieuwert “Rudy” J. Vis Oxnard, CA (805) 647-6880 Rudy@riverridgefarms.net Greenhouse Grown Herbs
Robert & Sarah Jackson
Robert Jackson Kingsburg, CA (559) 790-5151 Nectarines
Robles Transplants
David Robles Watsonville, CA (831) 539-6580 Vegetable Transplants
Rohrbach Orchards
Greg & Patly Rohrbach Marysville, CA (530) 300-8823 grohrbach2000@yahoo.com Apples, Cherries, Olives, Oranges, Peaches, Plums
Russo’s Wholesale Produce
James Russo Del Rey Oaks, CA (831) 899-2022 russojames@hotmail.com www.russospro.com Distributing
Sam Thomas Ranch
Sam and Suzy Thomas Valley Center, CA (760) 749-0403 suzythomas1145@hotmail.com Avocados
Sand Hill Farms/ Dove Ranch Organics Leftare, Mario & Davida Delis Arvin, CA
(661) 854-3323 leftydel@aol.com Nectarines, Peaches
Santa Rita Flower Farm
Jeff Hendrickson & Roxanne Renner Lompoc, CA (805) 705-6783 salsmypal@yahoo.com Amaranth, Flowers, Garlic, Squash, Sunflower, Tomatoes (Fresh Market)
SCHE (Sonoma County Herb Exchange) Leslie Gardner Sebastopol, CA
(707) 824-1447 herbexch@sonic.net sonomaherbs.org Herbs
Seed Dynamics, Inc.
Mel Bachman & Curtis Vaughan Salinas, CA (831) 424-1177 melvinb@seeddynamics.com www.seeddynamics.com
Seed Processing
Sherrie’s Farm
Sheryl O. Kennedy Gilroy, CA (408) 842-9350, MCksok@ hughes.net Tomatoes (Heirloom)
Sierra Retail Partners, Inc.
Mark Griffin & Lisa Boudreau Carnelian Bay, CA (530) 308-7809 Blueberries, Corn, Green Beans
Specialty Produce
Bob Harrington San Diego, CA (619) 295-3172 bob@specialtyproduce.com www.specialtyproduce.com Apples, Apricots, Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocados, Bananas, Beans, Beets, Bell Peppers, Berries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Carrots (Mini Peeled), Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Eggs, Fennel, Garlic, Grapefruit, Grapes, Greens, Herbs, Kiwifruit, Kumquats, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuces, Limes, Mangos, Melons, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Olives, Onions, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Persimmons, Pineapple, Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Sprouts , Squash, Tangerine, Tomatoes
Sunray’s Harvest LLC
Raymond & Christine Belcher Vacaville, CA (707) 689-7835 sunraysharvest@sbcglobal.net Microgreens
Sunshine Organic Coffee Roasters Casey Tokubo Forestville, CA
(707) 887-2323 casey@sunshinecoffeeroasters. com www.sunshinecoffeeroasters.com Coffee, Coffee (Decaffeinated), Coffee Processing, Tea
Talbott Ranch
Pete & Pam Talbott Lakeview, OR (541) 947-3482 ptalbott@gooselake.com Pasture
The Barn
Chris Coburn Placerville, CA (530) 622-5557 bountifulfarms@gmail.com Berries, Blueberries, Grapes (Table), Grapes (Wine), Pumpkins, Raspberries, Squash (Summer), Squash (Winter)
Thomas & Eugene Pastorino, Inc. DBA Pastorino Farms Stan Pastorino Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 726-2445 pastorinos@sbcglobal.net Mixed Fruits & Vegetables, Tomatoes (Greenhouse)
Thompson Consulting
Dimitri Thompson & Dana Santa Cruz Oakland, CA (925) 283-1007 www.luxurybodyanDBAthoil.com Body Oil
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Tir Na Nog Farm
Jeanne Dugan Chico, CA (530) 891-1343 chicodugans@netzero.com Almonds
Union De Productores Santa Elena S.P.R De R.l. De C.V Mario Larrinaga Ruiz San Luis da la Paz, GT
(011) 52-647-426-3571 mlarrinaga@alcema.com Alfalfa, Broccoli, Celery, Celery Hearts, Lettuces, Onions, Radicchio, Transplants
Valenta Farms
Thomas & Carol Valenta Atwater, CA (209) 617-0004 tv_atwater@hotmail.com Blueberries
Valley Fine Foods Inc
Gary Chen Benecia, CA (707) 746-6888 gary@valleyfinefoods.com Pasta, Pasta Manufacturing
Van Hoosen Farms
Jerry Van Hoosen Kerman, CA (559) 846-6275 Grapes (Raisin)
Vardapetian Family Farm
Art Vardapetian Fresno, CA (559) 250-1964 Grapes (Raisin)
Wayne & Carol Elder
Carol Elder Fallbrook, CA (760) 723-9837 carollelder@aol.com Citrus
Webb Ranch, Inc.
Gary Webb Portola Valley, CA (650) 854-5417 the4webbz@aol.com www.webbranchfarm.com Beans (Fresh), Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Melons, Squash, Sweet corn, Tomatoes (Fresh Market)
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Classified Ads
FOR SALE
Three 2043 Gallon Wine Tanks for Sale
Type 304/2B SS, have a 69” SEC 20psi Spiral Cool- ing Jacket, two 24” manholes on top, truncated tops, sloped bottoms, 6’6” in diameter & 8’0” high. $12,500 per tank ($6 per gallon). Please contact Matt Taylor at matt@araujoestate.com Tel. (707) 942-6061.
LAND FOR SALE OR LEASE
Certified Organic Pistachio Farm
Located in the Paso Robles CA area, this property has approximately 12.5 acres of certified organic pistachios on approximately 20 acres in two sep- arate parcels. Lovely 2,600 sq. ft. home built in 1997 with views, huller/dryer, cold box and two wells. $1,275,000. More information at: www. timbryan.com or call Tim Bryan, Re/Max Parkside Real Estate at (800) 727-1990.
Organic Farm in Big Sur
Five to ten acres of flat land with well and creek available to someone willing to farm it organically. Lease or business arrangement is flexible. Call Ben at (831) 475-6131.
Organic Farm in South Central Oregon
564 acre Alfalfa Ranch, 400 acres irrigated, pro- ducing dairy quality hay with 13 acre pond and lots of wildlife. Complete with equipment, irrigation, customer list. $2,200,000. Call (775) 849-2025.
SERVICES
Good Nature Graphic Design
Good Nature offers high quality graphic design services to all California Oaks, Grasses, Hedge- rows for Farms, Conifers poster field guides full color art by award winning artists see Good Nature Publishing www.goodnaturepublishing.com.
EMPLOYMENT
Farm Stand Manager/Pastry Baker, Swanton Berry Farm Responsibilities include: hiring, training, scheduling and managing a seasonal staff of up to eight peo- ple; ordering and inventory of farm stand supplies and managing our u-pick operation. The position also entails overseeing our baking and jam mak- ing operation including development of new items and recipes. Job requires past experience in pastry baking, computer literacy, and good people skills. Email Forrest at forrest@swantonberryfarm.com
Vineyard Manager/Crew Supervisor
Organic & Biodynamic vineyard management company looking for a vineyard manager/crew supervisor located in Sonoma Valley. Thinking out- side the box and good communication skills are a must. English/Spanish required. Willing to work outside for long days with crews in all weather. PCA license not required but very helpful. Basic computer skills and mechanical skills needed. Clean, valid CA Drivers License Required. Must have basic vine knowledge but will train to our specifications. This position offers constant edu- cational opportunities and working with top end vineyards and cutting edge viticulture practices. Salary DOE + benefits package.	Please email re- sume to mso@enterprisevineyards.com or fax to (707) 996 9630.
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2009 Organic Directory – Update Your Listing
Attention CCOF Certified Members; the production of the “CCOF 2009 Organic Directory” has begun. The Directory is a valuable resource for organic buyers and the key tool used by CCOF to promote you at trade shows and events and online. Do not miss out on business opportunities; update your listing before September 1, 2008.
Please take the following simple steps to ensure that we have the correct data for your company. 1. Look up your listing at
www.ccof.org/directories.php 2. Verify your company information:
Products, Sales Method, email, Website, Phone, County and Address. (Please pay particular attention to the sales methods you are using so buyers know how they can source from you).
To make changes to your listing email ccof@ccof.org or call (831) 423 2263 x 10 to request a “Directory Update Form”.
Please Note: only authorized CCOF contacts are able to make changes.
Sunol AgPark Education and Farm Manager SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) is seek- ing an experienced agro-environmental educator and farmer to develop and implement on-site edu- cation programs and to manage the Sunol Water Temple Agricultural Park. The ideal candidate for this position will be ca- pable of managing both the educational programs and agricultural operations, but we will also con- sider separate applicants for the education pro- gram and for farm management. Applicants for the farm management position could have the option to also farm a couple of acres. For the full job de- scription, please go to: www.idealist.org
APPRENTICESHIPS/
INTERNSHIPS
Volunteers Needed, American River Farm
The American River Ranch is looking for depend- able, friendly volunteers to help in the Farmstand on Saturdays from 7am - 2pm. Volunteers are needed to stock veggies and fruit and work behind the cash register. Please contact Kay at kpanek@ soilborn.org for more details and to sign up!
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
USDA Grants
The USDA is making $15.9 million available for 2008 in two grant cycles. For more information visit: www.farmenergy.org, or www.rurdev.usda. gov.
2009 Youth Garden Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2008.
The National Gardening Association is happy to announce that The Home Depot has returned to sponsor the Youth Garden Grants for 2009. For this cycle, NGA will award 125 grants. For full eligibil- ity criteria and grant categories.
Visit www.kidsgardening.com/YGG
Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund
Deadline: November 15, 2008.
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund gives small grants to schools and other educational or- ganizations committed to creating natural land- scapes using native plants.
Visit www.for-wild.org/sfecvr.html.
Farming Karma
Quality and Safety
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Our protein-based, organic fertilizers are made using the highest quality ingredients to provide the most effective availability of required nutrients. Our patented production processes ensure that our products are free of human and plant pathogens and have very low salt index ratings. This all results in healthier soil for your crops.
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The bio-availability of our products also makes them cost efficient. Smaller and fewer applications are needed to achieve healthy, thriving trees and plants.
Easy Application
Our products are manufactured to specific standards which allow application through virtually all types of application equipment.
Choose from our complete line of organic pelleted and liquid NPK fertilizers, organic pesticides and quality control products.
To learn more, visit us at www.organicag.com or call us toll free at (800) 269-5690.
California Organic Fertilizers, Inc.TM 10585 Industry Avenue ␣ Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 585-4705 ␣ Fax: (559) 582-2011 www.organicag.com
Support CCOF
Become part of the nation’s leading organic community by joining CCOF as a Supporting Member.
Being part of the CCOF community keeps you informed about cutting-edge organic practices and changing legislation and connects you to other people who share your interest in organic agriculture.
CCOF relies on the financial assistance of our supporting members to provide education and advocacy programs as well as to promote and grow the organic marketplace.
Visit www.ccof.org to join online.
Classified Ad Submission
CCOF certified clients and sup- porting members may run clas- sified ads for free online and in Certified Organic, the CCOF Magazine, as space permits. To submit your ad please email or fax your ad to CCOF at (831) 423-4528 with a subject line of “CCOF client classified ad”.
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We’re Proud to Support
In 1982, Albert’s Organics saw the potential of organic produce. Today, we’re the premiere distributor of organic produce and other fine fresh foods, featuring our Grateful Harvest brand. Albert’s Organics is proud to support the dedicated local growers that broke the ground for organic produce.
Questions? Call Melody Meyer at 1-800-625-5661 Ext. 62225 or visit www.albertsorganics.com
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