Thank you to all the good folks that attended our Chapter meeting on Sunday, Sept. 22!
What a great time over 50 of us had under the beautiful sycamores at Chapter Leader
Mike Reeske's farm, Rio Del Rey Heirloom Beans!
Thank you for your warm hospitality, Mike!
We want to thank warmly our wonderful speakers who joined us to share their wisdom and experience:
Dwight Detter, Founder, Farm to Maker
Dana Ford, Senior Farm Certification Service Specialist, CCOF
Hannah Gbeh, Executive Director, San Diego Farm Bureau
Jacob Guth, Director of Food Safety, CCOF
We dined on delicious food prepared by Fallbrook native Chef Carlo Guardado,
owner of Small Town restaurant, Main Avenue, Fallbrook.
You have to be safe and trained!
FDA’s Produce Safety rule requires that for each farm, “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.” Farm Bureau is teaming up with the Farm Employers Labor Service and the Safe Food Alliance to offer the Grower Training Course, the only course currently recognized by FDA. Sign up at http://www.foodsafetytrainingpartnership.org for a training session.
IS YOUR FARM READY FOR ITS CLOSE UP? submit a photo of your farM, your workers, OR YOU ON THE JOB to CCOFPSW@YAHOO.COM for our slideshow. Please include a one-sentence caption. Thank you!
CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter
We are proud to represent over 400 members in Desert Valley, Imperial, South Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.
CCOF Mission Statement
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We accomplish our purpose through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion.
We envision a world where organic is the norm.
Our Organic Principles
Organic standards promote and enhance biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil fertility, and restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony. The legacy of organic will be the catalyzation of healthy, sustainable, and humane production systems. CCOF believes that organic standards should continually evolve to address a broadening range of issues.