OPN Connect Newsletter 142 · November 21, 2019

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. The Grocery Store Where Produce Meets Politics

The sidewalks of north Park Slope must be among the narrowest and most uneven in Brooklyn. They crash against the stoops of landmarked brownstones and split over the roots of oak and sycamore trees, menacing the ankles of pedestrians. Baby strollers compete for space with dogs of all sizes, shoals of high-school students, and shopping carts from the Park Slope Food Co-op.

Campos Borquez

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2. Fulfilling Honeycrisp Sales Dreams

Although we are just entering the holiday season and spring planning may feel like it is out in the distance, Stemilt Growers is encouraging retailers to pick up planners and lean into the company’s Honeycrisp apple leadership, including premium programs like Honeyhill Incredible Honeycrisp apples and expanded volumes of Artisan Organics Honeycrisp.

Organic Produce Summit 2020

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3. Organic Farm School Offers New Career Path

The Organic Farm School (OFS) on Whidbey Island, Wash., is now accepting applicants for a six-month training program which offers a new career path to aspiring farmers. The total immersion program runs April to October at the solar-powered 10-acre farm, 30 miles north of Seattle.

Ocean Mist

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4. Grimmway Hosts Community Cleanup Day

Indeed, a 2016 survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association revealed that 40% of millennials believe that choosing organic is an integral part of living green. At the same time, only 32% of Generation Xers and 28% of Baby Boomers agree. Grimmway Farms, a global produce leader, the largest producer of carrots in the world and the largest single grower of organic vegetables in the nation, celebrated their 50th anniversary with the Bakersfield community through two local events this past week. The activities kicked off with a Farm-to-Fork Tour & Luncheon that acknowledged and honored community partnerships with local stakeholders and leaders. 


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5. Presidential Candidates to Discuss Organic and Regenerative Agriculture with Iowa Farmers

A Q&A-style discussion with Iowa organic farmers with questions focused on the issues family farmers face in Iowa and nationwide, as well as the role of regenerative and organic agriculture in 2020 presidential platforms. Invited candidates for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination include Vice President Biden, Congresswoman Gabbard, Mayor Buttigieg, Senators Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren, as well as Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang.

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