Meet Jennie Wagner: 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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Jennie Wagner

Jennie Wagner
North Carolina State University, Plant and Soil Science with an Agroecology Minor – North Carolina

Jennie Wagner is a student at North Carolina State University majoring in Plant and Soil Science with a minor in Agroecology. She is from New London, North Carolina, where her family owns and operates a small farm that, although not certified, uses organic practices. In addition to seasonal produce, her family pasture raises pork, broilers, laying hens, and turkeys. Jennie works on her family farm, helping in any way she can. She especially enjoys updating the farm's Facebook page and selling the farm's products at a local farmers' market.

Outside of her family farm, Jennie works on a certified organic raw milk dairy. After graduate school, where she hopes to get a master's degree in Agriculture and Extension Education, she hopes to return to her family farm and expand its production into beef and dairy cattle. Ultimately, she would like to establish school and community gardens in her county to help educate students and interested individuals about the benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture. Outside of farming, Jennie enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Congratulations Jennie!

Please join us in congratulating the vocational and higher education recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grants.


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