Meet Deseree Fontenot: 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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Deseree Fontenot is a scholar, activist and budding farmer rooted in Oakland, California by way of Eunice, Louisiana. She is currently an apprentice at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems’ ecological horticulture program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Fontenot holds an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in social transformation from Pacific School of Religion, where she focused on ecological technologies, African-diasporic spiritual traditions, and geographic histories of food and land-based movements. She is passionate about transforming relationships to food, land, and place by addressing land access, pathways to ownership, and creating more educational farm sites and farmer training programs led by Black, Latino/a, Asian, Pacific Islander, and indigenous growers and educators.

As a descendant of three generations of rural Louisiana sharecroppers, Fontenot is passionate about building the next generation of activist-farmers who are committed to strengthening movements for food justice and community self-determination. She intends to be a part of making organic agriculture a radically inclusive sector by using her skills as a farmer, scholar, and activist to build bridges between organic food industries and grassroots food and land-based movements.

Congratulations Deseree!

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

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund 2017 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, Frey Vineyards, Frontier Co-op, Heath & Lejeune, Gary and Meg Hirshberg, Lost Republic Distilling Co., Organic Valley, SunRidge Farms, and True Organic Products, Inc. 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.