OPN Connect Newsletter 207 · March 4, 2021

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. The Giant Company Steps up Its Support of Organic Farming

The Giant Company has partnered with the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit focused on advancing organic farming, as part of the supermarket chain's efforts to promote more sustainable agriculture and retailing as well as reduce food insecurity. Carlisle, PA-based Giant, part of Ahold Delhaize USA, plans to support three key Rodale initiatives centered on farm consulting, farmer training, and agricultural research.      Read More

2. LIV Organic Produce Showcases California Grapefruit Varieties

Starr Ranch May 2021

With the recent winter storm in Texas impacting fresh produce supplies and the demand for organic citrus on the rise, LIV Organic is responding to retailers’ needs with premium fruit and California-grown grapefruit varieties to elevate buy-side programs, fill the gap, and boost sales.     Read More

3. OFRF and NRCS Partner to Provide Education and Outreach on Organic Conservation Practices

OFRF is pleased to announce a three-year agreement with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The agreement focuses on strengthening conservation partnerships between NRCS field staff and organic producers. It will leverage OFRF’s unique expertise to expand knowledge and outreach focusing on the best science-based organic practices.     Read More


Country Sweet Produce May 2021

4. Logistics Challenges Weigh on Canadian Company's Vegetable Availability

Ray Wowryk, director of business development with Leamington, Ontario-based Nature Fresh Farms, says the company is now in full production on organic cucumbers in Ontario, including the Long English and Mini Salad varieties. Within the next few weeks, Nature Fresh will begin offering organic tomatoes and colored bell peppers from its Leamington greenhouse.      Read More

5. Farmers and Chefs Partner to Bring Organic School Lunches

Imagine if elementary school students were served fresh, made-from scratch organic food, grown by local farmers, for lunch everyday. Students at two public schools in West Contra Costa School District will get that experience later this month during a week-long farm-to-school food event hosted by Conscious Kitchen, a program of the nonprofit organization Turning Green.     Read More

Chelan Fresh May 2021

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