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Join the CCOF Foundation on January 11 for a workshop to clarify your questions about organic certification.
Organic certification is simpler than you think! Join CCOF and the Farmers Guild in Healdsburg, California for a multi-level field day on what it takes to go organic. The workshop will help assess how close your operation is to being organic and will detail the steps necessary to transition towards certification. You will come away understanding the tenets of organic certification.
The morning session of this workshop will be held at SHED, where CCOF staff will review the rules and regulations of organic certification. It will also include a panel of successful organic growers from Preston of Dry Creek and Quarter Acre Farm. In the afternoon, participants will tour Bernier Farms, an organic fruit and vegetable farm. This workshop in Healdsburg will focus on mixed vegetables, wine grapes, and olives.
About Our Speakers & Host
Rebecca Bozzelli, Farm Manager, Preston of Dry Creek
For the last ten years, Rebecca Bozzelli has been farming in Sonoma County. Transplanted from New Jersey, Rebecca moved west in 2000 and started getting her hands dirty. After working in outdoor classrooms and community gardens for a few years, she apprenticed for the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and solidified her real passion for growing food. For the last three years, Rebecca has been the organic farmer at Preston Farm and Winery, growing her passion for farming, food, and the local community.
Matt Norelli, Winemaker, Preston of Dry Creek
Matt Norelli has been in the wine industry for over 20 years and has been the winemaker at Preston since 2001. Prior to becoming a winemaker, he started in production at Preston of Dry Creek, and thus has a considerable knowledge of the Preston farm and the myriad plantings and soils on it. Today, he is involved in both viticulture and olive tree plantings, as well as the resultant production of wine and olive oil using organic methods. In 2005 Preston received organic certification from CCOF for the entire property, including the wine and olive oil production facility.
Norelli believes the wine, olive oil, and other organic goods sourced from Preston have a tremendous balance and power, which can be traced to the impact of healthy soils enhanced using organic methods.
Andrea Davis-Cetina, Quarter Acre Farm
Andrea Davis-Cetina farms mixed vegetables in Sonoma, where she also teaches gardening classes and hosts a weekly radio show on the topics of sustainable agriculture, seasonal eating, or social advocacy. Her farm has been CCOF-certified since 2010. Andrea currently sits on the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors and is a fellow with the Ecological Farming Association.
Bernier Farms is a small organic farm nestled north of Healdsburg, California with two sites: one in Dry Creek Valley and one in Alexander Valley. The farm specializes in garlic varietals for seed and market, and produces fruits and vegetables for local farmers’ markets and restaurants throughout the year. Its ongoing success can be attributed to the hard work and many talents of the entire farm family.
Winner of a 2014 James Beard Award for restaurant design, SHED is a market, café, and community gathering space designed to bring people closer to the way we grow, prepare, and share our food. SHED’s modern Grange reflects the best of local farming culture, delivering a seasonally curated selection of workshops, wares, and freshly prepared foods to their guests. SHED’s mission is to celebrate and nurture the connection between good farming, good cooking, and good eating.
This event is sponsored by Marrone Bio Innovations.