Organic Hotspots: Revitalizing Rural America
Join us in Sacramento on February 22-23, 2018 to explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. We will hear the stories of organic leaders who have contributed to economic revitalization through organic in rural areas, and from those who have seen the impacts first-hand on their businesses and communities.
Celebrate this year’s Organic Champion Awardee Melody Meyer with us at our annual CCOF Foundation Feast on February 22. As one of its very first supporters, Meyer has been an unwavering champion of CCOF’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, providing unparalleled commitment as a member of the fund’s advisory committee, as well as generous financial contributions to the fund.
The tradition of our annual educational conference is treasured as a yearly opportunity for the organic community to network, share resources, and learn how to grow your businesses. Register today.
Thursday, February 22 – Annual CCOF Foundation Feast
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Reception
6:30-9:00 p.m. – Dinner
- Presentation of Organic Champion Award to Melody Meyer, Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations, United Natural Foods
- Kevin Hesser, Teacher & Garden Coordinator, Calaveras High School
Friday, February 23 – CCOF Annual Conference: Organic Hotspots
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – CCOF Annual Meeting
- Phil LaRocca, CCOF Board of Directors Chair, Founder & Owner, LaRocca Vineyards
- Cathy Calfo, Executive Director/CEO, CCOF
- Jake Lewin, President, CCOF Certification Services, LLC
- Brian Leahy, Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation
9:30 a.m. – Organic—Growing Food & Local Communities
- Matt Seeley, Co-Founder, Organic Produce Network
- Thaddeus Barsotti, Co-Owner/Co-CEO, Capay Organic Farm/Farm Fresh to You
- Darrell Wood, President/Rancher & Board Member, Panorama Meats
- Minh Tsai, Founder & CEO, Hodo Soy
10:35 a.m. – Stories of Organic Hotspots
- Ted Jaenicke, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Penn State University Q&A with Laura Batcha, CEO & Executive Director, Organic Trade Association
- Q&A with Kelly Damewood, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, CCOF
- Matthew Raiford, CheFarmer & Owner, The Farmer & The Larder
11:20 a.m. – It Takes a Village: The Role of Education & Research
- Tom Tomich, Professor and Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, University of California, Davis, and Director, UC ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program
- Ann Thrupp, Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute
- Leonard Diggs, Manager, Shore Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College
- Hunter Francis, Founder & Director, Center for Sustainability at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
12:15 p.m. – Lunch对象是同桌 我就要睡睡睡
1:15 p.m. – Stories of Organic Hotspots, Continuing the Conversation
- Sergio Núñez de Arco, CEO/Quinoa Specialist, Andean Naturals
1:45 p.m. – Working Hand-in-Hand: Partnerships Between Elected Officials & Organic
- A.G. Kawamura, Owner/Partner, Orange County Produce, former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
- Jamie Johansson, President, California Farm Bureau Federation
- Laura Batcha, CEO & Executive Director, Organic Trade Association
- Tom O’Brien, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Driscoll’s
- Nina Ichikawa, Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute
2:45 p.m. – Keynote Speech
- Glenda Humiston, Vice President, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
CCOF has reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel for this special event. Room price is $190-$240 per night. Reserve your room by February 1, 2018 to take advantage of this special rate.
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