CCOF certifies the company’s organic products and practices, and also helps Earthbound Farm understand new regulations and lobbies for organic producers in Washington, D.C., Goodman said.
FuentesFuentes started growing berries for Driscoll’s in 1985. He formed his own company in 2003, and now oversees about 116 acres of organic blackberries, strawberries and raspberries in Watsonville and Salinas, and plans to convert his conventional acreage over time.
“It’s a lot of learning to do but once you have your own land and you’re doing some cover cropping and finding the different crop rotations to compensate your soil, you’ll be OK and keep it healthy,” he said.
Brennan said research is taking place on 25 acres of land at the station and collaborating farms. There is for-profit production at the station, he said.
Several of CCOF’s early leaders, among them Bob Scowcroft and Mark Lipson, spoke to the tour group.