OPN attended the 2017 CCOF Annual Conference on February 22-23, 2018, in Sacramento, California. The event explored the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discussed ways to encourage growth across rural America. Discussions included stories of organic leaders who have contributed to economic revitalization through organic in rural areas, and those who have seen the impacts first-hand on their businesses and communities.
On the eve of the event, CCOF honored its annual Organic Champion Award recipient Melody Meyer, Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations at United Natural Foods at the second annual CCOF Foundation Awards Feast. Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross presented Melody with the award.
(L) Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and (R) Organic Champion Award recipient Melody Meyer, Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations at United Natural Foods
Melody Meyer, Karen Ross (center) surrounded by FFA members
A packed room during the Organic Hotspots CCOF Annual Conference 2018
Matt Seeley, Co-Founder OPN and Speaker at CCOF Annual Conference 2018
From left, Darryl Wood of Panorama Meats joins Minh Tsai of Hodo Soy, Thaddeus Barsotti of Capay Organic Farm/Farm Fresh to You and Matt Seeley of Organic Produce Network speaking about how their businesses play a role in creating organic hotspots.
Darryl Wood of Panorama Meats