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America Knows How
America Knows How is a coalition of business sector partners who work together to educate, engage, and inspire business leaders, team members, customers, and communities on climate change solutions. The coalition members represent businesses large and small, from across the country and a breadth of industries. The America Knows How program provides a suite of resources to create more sustainable businesses including best practice tools and tips, and communication research and guidance to engage others in the importance of climate solutions. SFTA is a partner in this national network which is open to individuals, businesses and organizations.
California Certified Organic Farmers
CCOF promotes and supports organic food and agriculture through a premier organic certification program, trade support, producer and consumer education and political advocacy. From apples to zucchini, from almonds to wine, CCOF is involved in every facet of organics, with over 1,300 different organic crops and products, including livestock, processed products and services.
CCOF provides certification services to all stages of the organic food chain from farms to processors, restaurants and retailers. CCOF certifies to the USDA National Organic Program standards and CCOF international standards.
Independent Natural Food Retailers Association
We are a cooperative owned and governed by natural and organic food retailers of all sizes working together to leverage our voice in the industry. We unite our members for the purpose of providing operational support, leveraging purchase power, and engaging in other marketing activities on behalf of our retail members.
Maracuja Solutions partners with food and agriculture companies to integrate business strategy and systems with sustainability and supply chain integrity initiatives. After nearly 20 years of global work in organic certification, sustainability, agriculture, and manufacturing, we merge practical needs around efficiency, worker and food safety into your programs to make them effective and meaningful. Maracuja (mar-a-koo-SHA) means “passionfruit” in Spanish and Portuguese; we can’t think of a better way to describe the results of our efforts – companies’ measurably improved triple (people, planet, profit) bottom lines.
National Co+op Grocers
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 148 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of over $1.8 billion and over 1.5 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.
NSF International is a global independent public health and safety company that provides auditing, testing, consulting and training, certification, and product claims for the entire food supply chain. We specialize in meeting the needs of the Natural & Organic, Health & Wellness, Produce and Agricultural product sectors. With over 70 years of experience serving the food industry, we are the trusted experts in food safety and quality and sustainability, product claims verification and consumer assurance. Our broad portfolio of services help you strengthen your brand and improve efficiency by combining services to create a comprehensive, streamlined safety and quality compliance program for your company.
To learn how NSF can help your business, contact us at [email protected] or +1 877 893 1325.
Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification. Oregon Tilth advocates sustainable approaches to agricultural production systems and processing, handling and marketing.
Oregon Tilth’s purpose is to educate gardeners, farmers, legislators, and the general public about the need to develop and use sustainable growing practices that promote soil health, conserve natural resources, and prevent environmental degradation while producing a clean and healthful food supply for humanity.
Organic Trade Association
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.
OTA represents businesses across the organic supply chain and addresses all things organic, including food, fiber/textiles, personal care products, and new sectors as they develop. Over sixty percent of OTA trade members are small businesses.
Provender Alliance, which began in 1977, is a non-profit membership organization providing networking, outreach, and education to natural foods and related companies doing business in the Northwest. The word “provender” means provisions or foodstuffs. Part of the reason the industry is so strong in the Northwest is due to efforts of Provender Alliance members and the annual Provender conference. Members currently represent nearly 200 retailers, distributors, manufacturers, brokers, consultants, and individuals from Northern California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska, plus areas outside of the Northwest.
Quality Assurance International
Founded in 1989, QAI is the leading provider of organic certification services verifying organic integrity throughout the supply chain (qai-inc.com). Additional certification services include gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, natural personal care, social responsibility and food safety through its parent company NSF International. QAI remains dedicated to the environment, while providing educational outreach to the organic community, customers and consumers. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., the company has grown to include operations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Japan and the European Union.
Sustainable Connections is a non-profit organization made up of local, independently owned businesses in Northwest Washington state. We educate, connect and promote local businesses to build stronger communities and we promote those businesses to the community in recognition of the extra sustainability efforts they make.
We provide technical assistance to businesses in all industries through five program areas; Sustainable Business Development, Green Building & Smart Growth, Food & Farming, Energy Efficiency & Renewables and Think Local First.
Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates
We are the Organic Specialists. Since 1995, we have had the privilege of advising over 100 companies on how to grow their slice of the organic sector. Whether you are looking for a single piece of advice on certification, compliance, or farming practices, or ongoing support with strategic direction in the U.S. and overseas, we bring unrivaled expertise toward helping your products and projects reach their full potential—and flourish.
We approach our work based on the principles and philosophy of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and standards imbued in the National Organic Program—and we guide clients from organic compliance to organic and sustainable culture. We are fiercely committed to continual improvement and give you tools to advance your organic, environmental, and social practices.