Meet Abby Klinger: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has partnered with the National FFA Organization to give grants to high school students who are interested in conducting organic Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. In collaboration with an FFA advisor, these students design organic agricultural projects to conduct over the course of a year. Students are challenged to involve other students, mentors, and members of their community to ensure their project’s success. Visit our blog each week to read about these future organic farmers’ SAE projects in their own words.\

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Klinger

Abby Klinger
Pennsylvania

I will be growing sunflowers in order to make an organic, preservative-free sunflower oil. This grant will help me purchase a hand-cranked oil press. Depending on the size of my crop, I may also roast the seeds for sale. I am going to trial this project in my family's garden. After a couple of seasons, I plan to rent a field from a local farmer to increase production.

In addition to growing the sunflowers and making sunflower oil, I plan to educate people about the health benefits associated with organic sunflower oil. I will host two informational seminars on the health benefits of sunflower oil.

I am excited to learn valuable marketing skills through the process of selling my sunflower oil to my community. Through selling my sunflower seed oil I will learn the trends of the market and how to run a small business.

Congratulations Abby!

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The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is made possible by the generous support of CCOF, the UNFI Foundation, the CCOF Processor/Handler Chapter, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Driscoll’s, Duncan Family Farms, Forager Project, Frey Vineyards, Frontier Co-op, Green Ox Pallets, Independent Natural Food Retailers Association, National Co+op Grocers, Organic Valley, Lauren and Eric Schiermeyer, and SunRidge Farms. Thank you to these organizations for helping us inspire the next generation of organic farmers!

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Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Partners

These organic businesses and community leaders are helping the CCOF Foundation advance organic agriculture for a healthy world.

Advisory Committee Members
UNFI Foundation Organic Valley's FAFO Fund
Clif Bar Family Foundation Driscoll's Frontier Co-op
Cultivators

Dr. Bronner's

Duncan Family Farms

Frey Vineyard, Ltd

Gary and Meg Hirshberg

Lost Republic Distilling Co.

SunRidge Farms

True Organic Products, Inc.