( Courtesy CCOF )

Proponents of organic produce will have an opportunity to share their opinions about organics with California state senators, assembly members and state agency staff on Feb. 19, when Santa Cruz-based California Certified Organic Farmers holds its annual meeting and advocacy day.

A highlight of the gathering will be keynote speaker Bob Quinn, organic farmer and leader in promoting organics.

Quinn has had a long history of advocating for organic throughout his home state of Montana and across the U.S.

At Rooting for Organic advocacy day in Sacramento, “stakeholders from across the organic sector will advocate for policies that support the growth of organic agriculture and increase access to organic foods,” according to an announcement on the CCOF website.

“Participants will present a model for advancing organics with policies that combat climate change, stimulate local economies and enhance the health of farmers, farmworkers, and consumers around the world.”

Attendees will be able to walk the halls of the state capitol and “sow the seeds for a nationwide movement.”

The night before advocacy day, the CCOF Foundation will sponsor the official release of CCOF’s Roadmap to an Organic California: Policy Report that will “chart a path to grow the organic landscape in California and beyond.”

The organization is developing the roadmap to grow organic farmland by more than 1 million acres over the next decade.

The CCOF Foundation is hosting the reception, with a live band, organic menu and photo booth.

The CCOF annual meeting and event is a tradition that “convenes the CCOF membership and supporters to celebrate successes and plan for the future.”

The annual meeting, from 8:30-10 a.m., will be preceded by registration and breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m.

Advocacy day meetings are set for the capitol from 10:25 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Lunch is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., and there will be a final gathering at 3:45 p.m.

For more information, visit ccof.org.