OPN Connect Newsletter 312 · March 23, 2023

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. GrubMarket Launches "Sustainable California" Initiative

GrubMarket recently announced the launch of its Sustainable California initiative, a commitment to promote and enhance agricultural sustainability in California by making meaningful investments from a portion of its net profits in the following endeavors: preserving the farming environment of the Central Valley and other areas of California through methods such as planting trees; promoting organic farming practices by financially supporting local farmers to obtain organic certifications; and developing innovative technologies that improve the sustainability of California’s farming system in areas including farming and food procurement, sales, storage, and logistics.  Read More

2. The Evolution of the Microgreens Business 

In an expanding space such as indoor and greenhouse growing, how do you make your company stand out? For City Roots Organic, it starts with the story. The company is a South Carolina-based family-owned business that specializes in one item: organic microgreens.  Read More

3. CMI’s Bob Mast Named 2023 Apple Citizen of the Year

Three cheers for Bob Mast, President of CMI Orchards, who has been recognized as the 2023 Apple Citizen of the Year at the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. In a surprise presentation put on by Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson, the leader was given the distinguished honor after being chosen by other industry members and past recipients of the award, which honors the roots of the fruit industry and the leaders that support apple growth in the Wenatchee Valley.  Read More


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4. Lawmakers Seek to Make "PA Preferred Organic Program" Permanent

Citing growing demand for organic produce, state lawmakers are again proposing a bill to make Pennsylvania’s “PA Preferred Organic Program,” an initiative created to help Pennsylvania farmers transition to and promote growing organic crops, a permanent fixture in the state budget.   Read More

5. KeHE Distributors Forms Partnership with Rodale Institute to Expand Organic

KeHE Distributors, a leader in natural and organic, specialty, and fresh product distribution across the US, recently announced it has signed an exclusive partnership with Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the regenerative organic agriculture movement through rigorous research, farmer training, and education.   Read More

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