Meet Gracie Lynn Hauser: 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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Gracie Lynn Hauser

I currently grow vegetables in our small garden located on 13 acres of farmland. I am 16 years old, and my dad is a used car salesman and my mother teaches at a rural public school. I am involved in the FFA program and take courses in plant science, which allows me to work in our school’s two greenhouses and a high tunnel.

My SAE plan is to construct a 12- by 24-foot greenhouse, start and grow organic plants, incorporate a two-acre garden and eventually begin a CSA in my town. This grant will provide the guts of my greenhouse, raised beds, and benches, along with certified organic seed. My family is investing in this project by building the greenhouse and planning to expand our garden on acreage easily accessible to the public in the next two years.

My goals for my FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience project are to:

  1. Produce organic vegetables to sell throughout the year to community members in a greenhouse located on my parent’s property,
  2. Begin a CSA program on my parents’ 13-acre farm, which specializes in organic crops and will meet the needs of 40 families by 2017, and
  3. Become certified organic in the state of Wisconsin by the year 2018.

Congratulations Gracie!

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

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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