Meet Sierra Torres: 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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Growing up, Sierra Torres' mother never failed to come home after working all day to cook dinner for herself and her two brothers. She cherished the sense of community eating together brought to her family and the way it seemed to unite them. It is this feeling of comfort and warmth while cooking and eating with the people you love that has inspired Torres to do everything she can to make her community a healthy and sustainable place through food and agriculture.

After spending four years working in the food industry–working in wide variety of roles from a line cook to a farm hand–she has seen and experienced just how unsustainable the food system is. Torres believes that safe and fair food should be affordable and accessible to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. She wants more people to have the opportunity to eat home-cooked meals and spend time with their families.

Through studying sustainable food and farming at the University of Massachusetts Amherst over the next four years, Torres hopes to enact change within the food system through policy work, community engagement and outreach, and working with small-scale farmers to move toward a more sustainable food system.

“For me, food is more than just something we eat, but is an agent for change that can rebuild our nation into thriving communities that support one another and the environment,” said Torres. “Food has not only brought me closer to my family, but it has given me a sense of community. For me there is nothing better than sitting around the table with the people you love eating food from the best community and family in the world.”

Congratulations Sierra!

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

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund 2016 grants were 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, and SunRidge Farms. Thank you to these organizations for helping us inspire the next generation of organic farmers!


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