Meet Akello Karamoko: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. 

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Akello Karamoko has always had a green thumb. He planted his first apple tree when he was 11 years old and sold peppermint and sage at his church at the age of 13. Farming as a career path was not on the minds of many of the children Karamoko grew up with in Detroit, Michigan, but he sought out programs to learn how to grow, plant, harvest, and sell his own organic crops. He participated in agricultural programs, including 4-H Gardens with Dr. Wesley Godfrey, Keep Growing Detroit's Urban Agriculture Youth Apprenticeship, the Food Warrior Program with Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, and City Food.

Karamoko’s goal is to provide similar opportunities for youth by running a farm that will give Detroit youth access to food, agriculture, and entrepreneurial opportunities. He also wants to inform others about their rights to healthy and culturally appropriate foods. “America’s agricultural sector is shrinking; many have reported that it is in the final stages of its life cycle,” explained Karamoko. “It is my belief that exposure has always inspired innovation.” He plans to provide the next generation with the spark to partake in organic agriculture.

Congratulations Akello!

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund 2016 grants were made possible by the generous support of CCOF, the UNFI Foundation, the CCOF Processor/Handler Chapter, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Dr. Bronner’s, 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, 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 FdnOrganic Valley's FAFO FundAnnie's
Bradmer FoodsClif Bar Family FoundationDriscoll's
 
Cultivators
Awe Sum OrganicsBlue Marble BrandsCapay Organic
Chino Valley RanchersDr. Bronner's
Duncan Family FarmsHeath & LejeuneINFRA
Lost Republic Distilling Co.Sun BasketTrue Organic Products
Wawona PackingWild Roots