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OPN Connect Newsletter 16 - June 15, 2017

At Homegrown Organic, John France and His Daughter, Cherie, Work Together Towards a Shared Mission

At Homegrown Organic, John France and His Daughter, Cherie, Work Together Towards a Shared Mission


For John and Cherie France, the special bond between father and daughter takes on more significance when you work side-by-side in one of the nation’s most respected family owned and operated organic fruit operations.  

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Ocean Mist
In Their Words: Alfonso Cano

In Their Words: Alfonso Cano


Alfonso Cano is produce director for Northgate Gonzales Markets, an ethnic retailer with 40 locations in mostly under-served communities in Southern California.  Though the company began selling organic bananas five or six years ago, it did not launch an organic program until 2015. 

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Organic Ag Products
Regenerative Agriculture: How does it intersect With Organic?

Regenerative Agriculture: How does it intersect With Organic?


The term Regenerative Agriculture has generated quite a buzz of late and was first coined in the 1980’s by Robert Rodale. Farmers, ranchers and many companies across the U.S. are embracing the term as a way to heal the planet and combat climate change. Some promote it as the next big stage for food and farming,  calling it “Beyond Organic”. What exactly is this new farming philosophy and will it take root to become the next big food movement? What does it mean for organic producers? 

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Decas Cranberry
Farming on the East End of Long Island

Farming on the East End of Long Island


By Jenn LaVardera, MS RD

Memorial Day weekend marked the official start of summer—and crowds—on the east end of Long Island, the place I now call home. While most flock to the area for the pristine beaches, high-end shopping and lavish real estate, the Hamptons and North Fork are also home to some of the best farmland in New York State.

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know


  1. Can Organic Bananas Expand Niche Market?
  2. Large Organic Produce Supplier Acquires Hydroponic Tomato Co.
  3. Organic Produce Network Presents at United Fresh 2017
  4. 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo in San Luis Obispo, CA
  5. NOP Enforcement Posting Update
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