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OPN Connect Newsletter 191
MOM's Chris Miller, Organic Citrus Update, Pelger on Organic Pricing, USDA's Dr. Jenny Tucker, and more…
Chris Miller is produce director and meat and seafood coordinator at MOM’s Organic Market, a natural foods retailer headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. Featuring an organic-only produce department, MOM’s mission is “to protect and restore the environment.” Over the last decade, the Mid-Atlantic chain has grown from 5 stores to 20, and it is currently in the process of opening its 21st location in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Chris joined OPN for a chat about MOM’s rigorous sourcing standards, what it was like to experience the COVID-related retail surge, and more.
As the fall organic citrus harvest begins, producers anticipate high demand and an uptick in consumer purchasing of value-added bagged citrus due to COVID-19. Representatives from Homegrown Organic Farms, Limoneira, and Morning Kiss Organic weigh in on the current state of organic fall citrus.
In her eight years as the deputy administrator of the NOP, Dr. Jenny Tucker has focused on strengthening organic rule enforcement and building relationships with various USDA agencies to protect the integrity of the organic brand. OPN had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Tucker about the state of organic agriculture in the US and her upcoming keynote address at the sixth annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum.
1. ‘Introduction to Small Scale Organic Farming’ Workshop
2. Duncan Family Farms Launches New Water Efficiency Initiative
3. Berry People’s Peruvian Partnerships Offers Year-Round Supply of Blueberries
4. Clemson Researcher Studies Organic Agriculture Soil Changes
5. Jacobs Farm del Cabo Kicks Off Organic Holiday Herbs