Meet Michael Larson: 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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Michael Larson
Minnesota

I have been interested in greenhouse production since 2010. This past summer I began working at Honker Flats Greenhouse in order to gain more greenhouse production experience, and I also operated a small landscaping business for eight families. I have a small greenhouse that my parents got me for my birthday, and I also lease greenhouse space from my school. Last year I was able to start 300 ornamental plants in these two spaces, which I sold to my community.

What makes my 2015 supervised agriculture experience project unique is that I want to experiment with using organic methods on my plants and compare them to the chemical products I have used in the past to see the difference. I plan to replace my brand-name fertilizer with fish waste, and I also intend to use compost for my plants. Compost gives a lot of value to the soil and has no harmful chemicals. I am a strong believer that using almost no chemicals is good for the earth and the plants.

As I did last year, I will market my plants to the Mahnomen community. I know my customers will be pleased that their plants are 100% organic and I hope I can inspire them to grow organically at home.

Congratulations Michael!

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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. 

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UNFI FdnAnnie's
Bradmer FoodsClif Bar Family FoundationDriscoll's
Bejo SeedsBlue Marble BrandsCCOF Processor/Handler Chapter
Bonterra Organic VineyardsChino Valley RanchersDr. Bronner's
INFRAWawona PackingAwe Sum Organics
Frey Vineyards

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MOM's Organic Market
Duncan Family FarmsCapay Organic/Farm Fresh To YouFarmer and the Cook
RabobankGreen HopeTrue Organic Products
Wild Roots MarketHeath & Lejeune