Meet Ava Mosely: A CCOF Foundation Future organic Farmer

Since 2014, Future Organic Farmers 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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Ava Mosley
San Andreas, CA

I am a part of the Calaveras FFA Rabbit Co-Op. This program has been at Calaveras for around 15 years, and is in need of new cages. These cages will line the outside walls of the barn so it makes cleaning, feeding, and breeding easier. Each cage is 24 by 30 inches and come in a section of four. Each section of four cages is about seven feet long, so we will be able to have five sections of cages in our rabbit barn. Each section comes with baby wire and larger cages for the kindling stages of breeding for fair.

Our first goal for this SAE is to make around $3,330 to help us update our rabbit barn and make our team successful when our fair season comes around. The Future Organic Farmer Grant will help us finish raising money for this rabbit barn update.

Our second goal for this SAE is to get the cages to line the walls of the barn. We will be able to fit five sets of four cages into this barn successfully, with enough room for our feed and showing equipment.

Our third goal for this SAE is to get new feeders and new automatic water systems. This year Calaveras FFA Rabbit Co-Op will be feeding half of the rabbits organic feed and the other half non-organic feed. We are doing this so when we auction off the organically-fed rabbits and the non-organically-fed rabbits, we can see if organically-fed rabbits get auctioned off for more money than the non-organically-fed rabbits.

Our fourth goal for this SAE is to learn the differences that organic and non-organic feed have on our meat rabbits. We want to discover if organic feed is better for our rabbits in rate of gain and taste. We also want to see if we can get a price premium on our organically-fed rabbits.

Congratulations Ava!

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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!