Meet Nathan Van Assen: 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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Nathan Van Assen
San Diego City College, Sustainable Agriculture – California

Nathan’s journey in this field started about seven years ago when he and his wife had the epiphany that they should be eating fresher foods. Since that time, Nathan has worked in the produce industry as a market stocker for four years, three of which have been exclusively with organic produce as a produce department clerk at Jimbo’s…Naturally! He also supports his wife as she runs her own organic and natural baby clothing business.

Nathan aspires to be a produce buyer, a data expert for farms on consumer products, and a farm education source for consumers and businesses. He plans to make sure to upturn every stone and talk to every face along the way; making connections and integrating other's experience and wisdom into his own. Nathan wants his children to inherit a world where organic is the normal, and dangerous pesticides, preservatives, and genetically modified organisms are a quirky thing of the past.

Congratulations Nathan!

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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