Meet Jodi Lemmen: 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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Jodi Lemmen
Michigan

My family started a large vegetable garden two years ago, and it soon became my project. This past year, my neighbor allowed me to expand my garden at her house, doubling the size of my overall garden. Being in 4-H for 9 years has also helped me learn about business and following through on projects. This year I grew lettuce and kale and sold it to a local health food store. When the owner of the local store tried my lettuce and heard it was organic, she was so excited. She couldn't keep it on the shelf at the store.

My Supervised Agricultural Experience plan is to expand my organic vegetable production by installing a small greenhouse. I feel confident I have a good start to a great small business. If I need to, I can also sell my vegetables at our local farmers’ market. I treat my garden organically using only natural fertilizers when necessary. I would also like to expand my garden this year by starting plants earlier in the spring with the goal of selling more produce. I plan to sell my organic vegetables to our local health store and enter my organic beans, carrots, sunflowers, watermelon, squash, zucchini, potatoes, pumpkins and kale in Oceana county fair.

Congratulations Jodi!

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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, 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, 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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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.