Meet Sierra Torres & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

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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For Sierra Torres, growing up in a single parent household in New Orleans, a city where fresh food was not always accessible, it was not uncommon for the only vegetables on her family’s plates to be canned. Even though Torres has many fond childhood memories of her mother taking her out to her garden where she grew an assortment of flowers, herbs, and vegetables traditional to our home, it didn’t change the fact that, with her mother working long shifts at the hospital, there was little time and money to cook healthy meals with fresh vegetables. Yet this never stopped Torres from wanting to experience and understand food in a way that her childhood had never allowed her to. 
With New Orleans as Torres’ playground, a city rich in cuisine and culture, she began to focus on the culinary arts, cooking dishes traditional to Louisiana that had been passed down from her grandmother, and her mother before her. Torres’ love of food led her to want to pursue a career in organic agriculture so that she can better help insure that all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status, can have access to fresh and healthy produce. Her home of Louisiana will not exist in forty years because of a dead zone caused by fertilizer runoff from the West, further adding to her desire to pursue a career in organic agriculture to save her home and help to eradicate food insecurity. 
Congratulations Sierra!
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Today, less than 1% of America’s farmland is organic, and farmers who want to transition their land face a long and costly process. Hear from CCOF's CEO Kelly Damewood about what we're doing to address this challenge:

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