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California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation

Organization Mission

CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. We envision a world where organic is the norm.

CCOF’s expertise is a key reason that more than 30% of the agriculture in Santa Cruz is certified organic. In the state, just over 10% of ag land is certified organic, and nationally that number is .5%. Headquartered in Santa Cruz, CCOF co-founded the organic movement in the US with allies across the country. CCOF was instrumental in writing and advocating for state and federal organic legislation, and CCOF standards were a foundation for the USDA National Organic Program.

The Big Idea:
Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund

This fund gives grants to organic businesses affected by hardship, including wildfires, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. All dollars raised through this fund go directly into the organic farming community with no administrative fee.

Since 2007, the CCOF Foundation has distributed $250,000 to farmers through our Bricmont Hardship Assistance program. We have already had a four-fold increase in applications for financial assistance in this challenging year.

Science demonstrates that organic agriculture can combat climate change, strengthen the economy, and protect human health. Evidence demonstrates that by building carbon sequestering soils, organic farming is vital to reversing climate change and safeguarding food security. Research demonstrates that a strong organic market keeps dollars local, and drives community development. Additionally, organic farmland and food are fundamental to preventing chemical exposure to toxins found in synthetic pesticides.

Thank you, CCOF Foundation, for offering a unique and compassionate response to farmers like me in need. The Bricmont fund helps bring an aspect of ease to a bumpy recovery process.

Heidi H., Strong Arm Farm