Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
This week we are featuring Kelly Osman of Oz Family Farm located in the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, California. Kelly is a fourth generation California rancher who, with the help of her husband and kids, started the farm in 2003 after being inspired by their kid’s 4-H program.
While rabbits may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a ranching operation, Kelly knows the value behind a good product and finding unexpected ways to find profit in everything (think manure!).
Read on to learn about how Kelly started the operation, her family’s ranching roots on the California coast, and the lucrative benefits of having “bunny gold”.
FarmsReach: How many years have you been raising rabbits?
Kelly Osman: Nearly 10 years. We began rabbits when our kids started 4-H in kindergarten. It has always been a family business. The kids started us out, I fell in love with the rabbits and we all grew together: our family, the kids themselves, and our business.
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There’s a lot to consider when packing for market, such as food safety, box sourcing, labeling, standard pack sizes, and much more. Today, we continue our Marketing & Sales series with tips from Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Riverdog Farm, and Full Belly Farm on how to pack your product safely, inexpensively, and sustainably. We also give some great leads on box and supply companies referred by our farmer community. Read on for valuable tips about:
- Packing and Food Safety
- Wholesale Pack Requirements
- Bulk Order Boxes & Labels
- Cardboard Boxes & Supplies
- Reusable Packaging
Packing and Food Safety
You’ve got to get your product to market, and that means putting it in some sort of packaging. While it might seem easier to just throw it in a box, there are guidelines – some by law and some required by different types of customers – that you must follow. Here are some tips from Heather Granahan, the North Coast Regional Food System Advisor for CAFF, on how to pack safely in the field and the packing house.
We are very excited to call CA Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) one of our partners! As the first organic certifier in the nation, CCOF has worked hard to support and promote organic agriculture through certification, education, and advocacy. Today, they are an incredibly rich resource, providing hands-on certification training, events and policy updates, local classifieds, educational resources, and twelve chapters across the state where farmers and consumers can organize events, advocate for organic research and develop new programs. They do a lot!
Since they do such great work, today we want to highlight the valuable resources and articles in their blog. Read on and enjoy this roundup of thought-provoking and practical features from CCOF!
Meet the First Recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants
“The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The CCOF Foundation and UNFI Foundation, along with Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, and Bradmer Foods have pooled their resources to support the education of new organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors…” Read more…
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