Organic
Certification

We help growers achieve organic certification through one-on-one technical assistance, field days, resources and more.

Supporting farmers as they transition to organic.

Supported through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP), CAFF supports transitioning and existing farmers with organic certification in California. We assist farmers with their unique organic certification needs through comprehensive technical assistance, events, resources and more. Started in spring 2023, we are beginning to build out our resources; check back here for updates as we grow.

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION SERVICES

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

We provide one-on-one support to farmers pursuing or renewing organic certification, including but not limited to: answering questions about organic certification, communicating with certifiers and helping comply with certifier requirements.

ORGANIC SYSTEM PLANS

We help growers write Organic System Plans that reflect their practices and certifier requirements.

EVENTS

We offer field days across California to help farmers connect and share ideas about organic farming practices. Check our Events Page for upcoming field days near you.

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EMAIL: GRACE@CAFF.ORG

RESOURCES

Monitoring Animals: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet provides an overview of what a farm that needs to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) needs to do in regards to

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Land Use: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet provides an overview of what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do in regards to their

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CAFF’s Food Safety Team

CAFF’s Food Safety Team

Kali Feiereisel

Farmer Support Services Director

Helping farmers navigate regulations, new technologies & more so you can spend more time farm'in!
CAFF’s Food Safety Team

Michelle Wyler

Farm to Market Co-Director

Working behind-the-scenes to empower CAFF staff to expertly support California family farmers.
CAFF’s Food Safety Team

Grace Perry

Organic Certification Specialist

Helping farmers navigate a myriad of compliance and regulatory requirements

Kali Feiereisel

Farmer Support Services Director

Kali provides food safety, technology, and a variety of other technical assistance to farmers in addition to managing development and strategy for the Farmer Services Program. Prior to her time at CAFF she spent a number of years helping run a 20-acre diversified vegetable farm with a large Community Supported Agriculture program. Kali studied Food and Agriculture Policy and Local Food Systems while completing her graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley. When she’s not out in a farm field somewhere, Kali enjoys skiing the Sierra slopes and cooking with all the delicious bounty California growers provide for our tables.
Nevada County, CA

Michelle Wyler

Farm to Market Co-Director

Michelle supports the dynamic Farm to Market team at CAFF while helping to steer the development, implementation, and evaluation of this program. (Think multi-tasking, plate spinning, ball juggler extraordinaire). With expertise in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) / Farm Box marketing model, Michelle also provides specialized technical assistance to farmers in California and beyond through the national CSA Innovation Network, which she co-founded in 2016. Michelle has worked in rural food systems development since 2001 after earning her degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Humboldt State University. A former farmer herself, she is enamored with the culture that surrounds agriculture, especially in rural areas of the U.S. and abroad.
Humboldt County, CA

Grace Perry

Organic Certification Specialist

Grace is part of CAFF’s Farmer Services team, providing food safety technical assistance to farmers. Grace holds a Master’s degree in Community Development from UC Davis where she studied community food systems, with an emphasis on food justice and policy-making processes. Prior to graduate school, she worked on small-scale vegetable farms in Georgia and Northern Colorado and co-founded a local sustainable agriculture advocacy group. Grace’s personal and professional interests are rooted in just, equitable and sustainable food systems.
Davis, CA