California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
We’ve all heard people say a lot of different things about “Organic” so here is where we get our information from our semi-Local (SLO to Santa Cruz 160 miles) organic certification organization.
CCOF is a USDA accredited organic certifying agency and trade association, located in Santa Cruz, California. Formed in 1973, CCOF was the first organic certification entity in the United States.
CCOF is a full-service organic certification agency and trade association passionate about being the leading voice for organic, and certifying, educating, advocating, and promoting organic.
CCOF offers organic certification to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards to farms, livestock operations, processors, private labelers, brokers and retailers.
What is Organic?
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic food is produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, sewage sludge, bioengineering (GMOs), or ionizing radiation. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Choose organic when you shop: it benefits the environment, local economies, and public health. Find out why you should buy organic.
Certified organic food in the United States is grown and produced according to standards set by the National Organic Program, which were implemented in 2002. These standards continue to be interpreted and developed by the National Organic Standards Board, a Federal Advisory Committee appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Materials approved for use in organic production can be found on the National List.
Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a USDA accredited certifier, such as CCOF, evaluates the farm or facility where the food is grown or processed to make sure that the producer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Certified organic operations are inspected annually by a third-party, independent inspector who reports their findings back to CCOF.
Your shopping choices have a lasting effect on your family and shape their future eating habits. Feeding your family organic food reduces your risk of exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones, and promotes the development of long-lasting, good eating habits. Find fun suggestions on incorporating organic fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet, resources for teachers and parents, and activities for children.
Producers certified by CCOF have made the choice to grow and sell organic foods. We support organic producers and consumers by advocating for organic and providing information and resources on organic food and agriculture. You can help grow the organic movement by supporting CCOF.