OPN Connect Newsletter 221 · June 10, 2021

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. 7-ELEVEN Launches Organic Produce Boxes

7-ELEVEN has recently launched a variety of boxes with different mixes of organic produce, delivered directly from the production areas, in response to consumers’ preference for rapid replenishment and planned purchases. According to the company, the produce is pre-cooled and delivered to the stores at low temperatures throughout the entire process. The product selection includes pre-cut and cleaned vegetable packs, fruit mixes, and DIY salad boxes to create diversified offerings.     Read More

2. Connected by Love and Loss, They Reaped What Rodney Sowed—And Gave It Away

Stemilt September 2021

On a spring day when the mustard greens were still tender, Sherril Wells stopped harvesting, raised her arms and danced to Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” playing over her SUV’s speakers. Her friend Liza Apper had told her that joy and grief could exist together. She thought this must have been what Apper meant: a flash of being alive, even as she grieved for Rodney Wells.     Keep Reading

3. Swiss to Vote on Whether to Ban Synthetic Pesticides

Switzerland could become the first European country to ban artificial pesticides in a June 13 referendum, which backers of the initiative hope will trigger similar prohibitions elsewhere. Globally, only Bhutan has a complete ban on synthetic pesticides, according to supporters of the Switzerland referendum aiming to outlaw the use of products made by agrochemical giants such as Syngenta, Bayer, and BASF.    Read More


Organics Unlimited September 2021

4. How Organic Production Can Be a Balancing Act for Vegetable Growers

Many vegetable growers have a love-tolerate relationship with the USDA National Organic Program. There are a lot of things to love about the organic certification. First, it means something. Growers must live up to a high bar for their crops to earn certified organic status. But managing weeds and disease can be challenging.   Keep Reading

5. Grimmway Awards Annual Scholarships to Children of Employees

Last Wednesday, Grimmway Farms hosted an outdoor reception at its headquarters to announce the 2021 recipients of the Grimmway Farms Scholarship Program. The annual program recognizes the superior academic performance of students who have a parent or guardian employed by the company. At the reception, Grimmway honored 25 recent high school graduates and their families.     Read More

Starr Ranch September 2021

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