OPN Connect Newsletter 245 · November 25, 2021

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Homegrown Organic Farms Launches New Specialty Citrus Micro-Brand

With the organic sector already gaining immense traction in the produce industry, Homegrown Organic Farms is looking to differentiate its products even further with a new brand launch. The company has announced its Buck Brand organic specialty citrus micro-brand, which will add to its portfolio of similar brands.  Read More

2. Hazel Technologies Expands to West Coast

Global Organics Group November 2022

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf life, increase sales, and combat food waste, today announced its first major corporate expansion beyond its Chicago headquarters—a new Fresno, CA research center and West Coast customer support office located adjacent to Fresno’s Yosemite International Airport.   Read More

3. Natural Grocers Private Label Sales Help Set Record Sales for Fiscal 2021

Natural Grocers reported its Q4 2021 results, showing increases across the board in part due to an expansion of the company's private label assortment.  Read More


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4. Driscoll's-Funded Documentary 'The Last Harvest' Released on Vimeo

The award-winning documentary “The Last Harvest” released for free exclusively on Vimeo for a timely Thanksgiving message of appreciation and acknowledgment of the challenges facing those who grow and harvest our food. The documentary is now available for viewing by visiting This free screening will be limited through the end of 2021.  Read More

5. Organic Engagement: Student Work Helps Preserve Local Farming History

Sinet Kroch '22 clings tightly to memories of harvesting crisp vegetables, playing with soil, and chasing butterflies on her family's farm in Cambodia. As the daughter of farmers, Kroch had a childhood full of seasonal produce and meats from the family's livestock. "Everything was homemade and always fresh," she says. "That farming background is what got me interested in our relationship with the earth and the food it provides."  Read More

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