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OPN Connect Newsletter 149
West MX Organic Veggies, Mim Michelove, Sweetgreen at OPS, Hemp at OGS, and more...
Storms in the winter growing districts of Mexico in November and December have led to a slow start to the organic vegetable season, with the core commodities being high priced and hard to find. Within several weeks, however, total volume should increase on many items and f.o.b. prices should fall, creating some promotional opportunities in the organic arena.
Mim Michelove is the co-founder and director of Healthy Day, an organization that is responsible for creating two certified-organic, school-district-owned farms in Encinitas, CA—the first of their kind in the country. She is currently at work in National City, helping the local school district create farm-to-school garden programs that give all 6,000 elementary students access to a healthy, locally sourced school lunch. Mim joined OPN for a conversation about her work.
As an agricultural commodity, hemp is booming. According to the 2018 U.S. Hemp Crop Report, hemp more than tripled in acreage across the country, fueled in large part by the federal legalization included in the 2018 farm bill. The recent Organic Grower Summit brought together experts in hemp farming for an educational seminar on the potential pitfalls facing growers and processors, and strategies to successfully navigate this budding industry.
Co-founders of nationally acclaimed fast causal restaurant chain sweetgreen have been confirmed as the first of three keynote presentations at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS), this coming July in Monterey, CA.
- Jan McCaffrey Joins OGC as VP of People
- Autumn Glory Apple Reaches High Growth Percentages in December
- Naturipe Farms Predicts Record Production
- Organic Farmers Association Hires New Policy Director
- Airwave Brings Organic and Produce Display Systems to the U.S. Market