OPN Connect Newsletter 364 · March 28, 2024

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1.  CCOF Offers Grants for Students Pursuing Careers in Organic Ag

CCOF's Future Organic Farmers grants gives $5,000 scholarships to two- and four-year college and vocational students training for careers in organic. Future Organic Farmers grants are an investment in our future food system. The more beginning farmers pursue organic ag, the more we increase organic acreage and feed our communities organic food. Read More

2. Flashfood Partners with Save Mart Companies

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Flashfood, the app for grocery’s best deals, recently announced a partnership with The Save Mart Companies, a California-based grocer operating 194 stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx in California and Western Nevada. Flashfood’s free app connects shoppers with fresh produce, meat and other high-quality groceries at up to 50% off, diverting food waste from landfills and offering great deals on groceries at the same time. Read More

3. Organic Share of Bananas Continues to Exceed 30 Percent in Switzerland

Within Swiss retail, 1,863 tons of organic bananas were sold in January. Thus, January 2024 saw lower sales of organic bananas compared to the previous three years (e.g., 3.3% less than in January 2023) but significantly higher than in January of 2020 and 2019, when 1,620 tons and 1,661 tons were sold, respectively. The organic share was 32 percent, maintaining a level above the 30 percent mark as in the Januaries of the previous three years. Read More


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4. Turmeric and Ginger Flourish in Local Organic Greenhouse

In Vermont, Howard Prussack is leveraging his over five decades of farming experience to adapt to evolving consumer demands and climatic conditions. At High Meadows Farm, Prussack has introduced turmeric and ginger to his crop repertoire, responding to the growing consumer interest in health-supportive foods. These additions mark a new direction for the farm, which incorporated ginger only last year and is cultivating turmeric for the first time this season. Read More

5. Five Maine Businesses to Receive More Than $1M From USDA OMDG Program

US Senator Susan Collins, vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Angus King, announced that five Maine entities will receive a combined total of $1,036,469 through the USDA Organic Market Development Grant (OMDG) program. These grant awards will fund the development of new and expanded organic markets to help increase the consumption and production of organic agricultural commodities. Read More

Homegrown Organic Farms April 2024
Creekside Organics April 2024
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