Cornucopia News Archive

Do You Care Too? Organic Food/Farming Under Threat

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Dear Friends,


I was blown away by the outpouring of generosity from people who deeply care about the best food and best farms across the country — last week on Giving Tuesday Cornucopia exceeded the one-day fundraising record we set in 2017. Seeing all the online donations come in was a big morale boost for our entire staff— we are humbled!

This is the second year we have a challenge grant from the same family foundation (doubling your contributions).

With about a dozen staff members here at Cornucopia, it’s exciting for us to connect with all of the passionate advocates across the country who join with us in this work morally and financially.

From all of us—a huge THANK YOU!

Like my decades-long friend, Cornucopia’s cofounder Will Fantle, said last year after setting the aforementioned record: “They may have the lobbyists, but we have the people power!” Read Full Article »

The “Organic Pasture Rule”: How the Law Sets Minimum Standards for Grazing

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

by Marie Burcham, JD
Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute

Introduction to Organic Livestock and Grazing Requirements

How organic livestock are produced is covered by specific regulations—the only such federal regulations concerning a food product that address how the animal was raised and not just the qualities of the final product.

The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), published regulations, guidance from the USDA, and certifier inspections all play a part in how organic livestock are produced. However, the regulations form the basic structure for how everything plays out in the “field”; those regulations will be the focus of this article. Read Full Article »

Your Vote Will Encourage Charity Navigator to Evaluate and Rate Our Success

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

For a decade and a half, Cornucopia has been at the forefront of the fight to uphold the integrity of local and organic food and agriculture. As a tax-exempt public charity, we rely on the passionate moral and financial support of organic advocates from across the country.

Cornucopia is proud to report that we have achieved the Platinum Level rating by Guidestar, the world’s largest online source of nonprofit information and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This is the highest rating given by Guidestar and demonstrates our commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability, so that all good food advocates can feel confident about their contributions supporting this critical work.

To further indicate our commitment to steward all donations responsibly towards accomplishing our collective mission, and in response to member feedback, Cornucopia is now pursuing an evaluation by Charity Navigator, an alternative charity watchdog similar to Guidestar.

The past few years have been our most productive building years yet, and we want to share our efforts with as many people as we can. You can help us tell everyone about our grass-roots effectiveness by putting us on Charity Navigator’s radar. Charity Navigator selects organizations to evaluate based upon the number of votes they receive, which is why we need YOU!

Simply go to this link and vote for Charity Navigator to evaluate The Cornucopia Institute. You’ll need to register with Charity Navigator at the Sign in/Register link at the top right of the webpage after hitting Vote Now. Registration is free and allows you access to look deeper into many charities. When you are finished, tell your friends and family to vote for us as well.

We welcome all members to take a closer look at our service and believe all nonprofits should invite inspection, and generous people like you should demand accountability from the charities you support.

If enough people vote, Charity Navigator will have no choice but to evaluate our organization, and we are confident that they will like what they see.

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Authentic Food/Farmers in Peril: Double Your Donation – Protect Organics!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Dear Good Food and Farming Advocates,

The Fifth Crow Farm family

On this this national day of charitable giving, I invite you to contribute to a cause I know you’re passionate about: good farming and good food.

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, a generous foundation backing Cornucopia’s work has once again offered to DOUBLE all donations in support of authentic organic and local food and farms. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to double your impact with a gift to Cornucopia today.

Supporting Cornucopia amplifies your voice. That’s the voice calling for:

  • Truly authentic organic food products—fight the corporate takeover of organics and don’t get ripped off by phony organic food!
  • Ecologically sound agriculture.
  • Humane animal welfare.
  • Economic justice for family-scale farmers and ethical food companies.

Read Full Article »

Excited to join Cornucopia! And excited about #GivingTuesday!

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Hello Cornucopia Members & Friends,

I am excited to join The Cornucopia Institute’s team and introduce myself to you.

Why have I joined Cornucopia and the effort to mobilize farmers and consumers to support integrity in the Good Food Movement? Because I want to help support organics and the farmers that produce them. I want that for my family and our future. I want that for you and your loved ones.

My family and I live among the Appalachian Mountains in Central Pennsylvania where we get to see beautiful farmlands around us on a daily basis. We take part in local efforts to bring the best food from the organic farm to family dinner tables. As a part of Cornucopia, I will get to work with you to do that on a national level.

Thank you for supporting Cornucopia’s efforts and the Good Food Movement. As you consider supporting the causes you hold close to your heart and values tomorrow on #GivingTuesday, we hope you will choose to include Cornucopia in your philanthropic efforts.

Your gift will help ensure that we protect organic integrity, organic standards, and a fair organic marketplace that protects the livelihood of organic farmers. Thanks to a generous donor, your gift will also be matched, dollar for dollar, doubling the impact of your gift!

I look forward to getting to know many of you over the years ahead. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or feedback you may have.

Thank you for your consideration,



Devin T. Mathias
Chief Development Officer
The Cornucopia Institute