Blog posts by CCOF Foundation

Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 7, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, events

Join us for California FarmLink and CCOF’s Organic Elders and the Next Generation: Planning for Succession Conference An EcoFarm Pre-Conference: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA In 2016 California FarmLink and CCOF are launching the Organic Elders and the Next Generation Project. Together with organic industry partners, our organizations are planning a multi-year campaign to create farmland and business succession strategies for the agrarian elder-founders of California's organic agriculture movement, while also helping young...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 30, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Sunyoung Yang University of California, Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship – California Sunyoung Yang is a 33 year old Korean woman who became politicized around global and ecological justice issues from indigenous farmers in Latin America. She worked on policy advocacy that intersects civil rights, transportation justice, environmental justice, and climate change work in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally including on the UN level. Much of her inspiration to become a farmer and work with farmers around the world came from this initial...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 23, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jessica Wong California Farm Academy, Beginning Farmer Training Program – California Jessica Wong grew up in San Francisco and then moved to Berkeley for college, and as such had very little experience with farming and dirt until recently. At Berkeley she became interested in insects, which turned into an interest in integrated pest management and biological control, which turned into an interest in agroecology. This all influenced her decision to learn more about farming practices and food systems, and it was then that her passion for farming was sparked. She is currently participating in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 16, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Sarah Wells Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon Sarah grew up in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon, which she left to study design at the University of San Francisco. While at USF, she created a project that helped bring fresh food to a corner store by making it a drop site for a local farm's CSA, taught a hands-on gardening class to elementary school students, and visited many different inspiring gardening projects around the Bay Area. Sarah also studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco, where she lived with a Moroccan family and was constantly fed fresh, delicious food....
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 9, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, grants

Do you know that CCOF has a hardship assistance fund for certified organic growers and handlers that have gone through natural disasters and other financial hardships? Operations may apply for hardship assistance to offset financial burdens caused by fire, flood, freeze, illness, hurricane, pest pressures, and other major hardships. Since 2007, CCOF has distributed hardship assistance funds to members of the organic community who are in need. In 2014 alone, the CCOF Foundation raised and provided $23,000 in assistance to organic farmers from 15 states. Recipients of the grants were certified...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 9, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Austen Villacis Farmshare Austin’s FarmerStarter Program – Texas Austen Villacis developed his interest in organic food in 2012, when his mom, who was 45 at the time, was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Up until that point, his family's diet had mostly consisted of processed and conventionally-raised foods. Along with his mom and older sister, Austin began researching food as both a mode of prevention and medicine. The whole family changed their diets drastically and began making thoughtful food choices based on quality. Organic produce became a huge focus for them. In the years...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 2, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


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,...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 26, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Kristen TippitEarthDance Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program – Missouri Kristen Tippit is a 31 year old mother of two (soon to be three!) who loves running, singing, graffiti art, being outside, and laughing with her husband, Chris. She has degrees in Spanish and creative writing, but has worked in women's health and health education for the past nine years. Kristen currently works in the HIV field coordinating a program for people who have been lost to medical care. Her work has focused on testing and prevention of STIs and HIV among urban minorities, and case management and health...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 19, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Joshua Sandoval

Joshue SandovalHartnell Community College and Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA), Farmer Education Program (PEPA) – California Joshue Sandoval has lived in agricultural areas his whole life; he was born in Mexico and moved to Watsonville, California, at the age of five. He worked for four years in conventional and organic raspberries and for nine years at SunRidge Farms, including six years in the organic division where he supervised up to 40 employees. Joshue’s dream is to start an organic family farm in the Watsonville area where he has access to land. He believes in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 12, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Mark O’Loughlin Archi’s Acres, Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training Program – California Mark O’Loughlin was born in Independence, Iowa, where he was raised on a beef and dairy farm. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1982 and served for 30 years in the Marine Corps Infantry as an infantry instructor and a drill instructor. He retired in 2012 as the Sergeant Major for the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton. Since retiring from the Marine Corps, Mark has worked as the Vice President of Military Affairs for PsychArmor Institute and as the Founder/CEO of Validated...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 5, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Justin Moran Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon Justin's interest in agriculture was ignited through a year of European Voluntary Service in Turkey, where he built an environmental education center and helped launch the second organic marketplace in the country, after which he lived and worked at a pioneering ecovillage and a biodynamic farm in the United Kingdom. These experiences strongly influenced his understanding of agricultural principles such as considering the farm as a living organism, building fertility on-farm, and integrating practices that move towards long-...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, September 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


The CCOF Foundation and UNFI Foundation were thrilled to host the First Annual Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Dinner in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, September 17. Cathy Calfo, CCOF’s Executive Director/CEO, and Melody Meyer, the UNFI Foundation’s Executive Director, hosted CCOF Board Members, grant fund supporters, and two grant fund recipients for an organic dinner at Forno Restaurant and Wine Bar. Calfo and Meyer spoke about the impetus for the fund—the aging farmer population and the lack of educational and financial resources to train new organic farmers—and how they raised $50,000...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. 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. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Margaret GoolsbyUniversity of California...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 21, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, grants


News that many of our organic operations have been impacted by the wildfires raging throughout California has rippled through the CCOF offices this week. Inspectors, chapter members, and certified members have called to see how CCOF can lend a hand. CCOF’s Bricmont Fund is poised to help organic operations in their time of need, but we have limited funds to give away as hardship assistance grants this year. We need your help to raise additional funds to support wildfire victims in California. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to organic farmers affected by the fires. The CCOF...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 21, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Daniel Donate Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Agribusiness – California Born and raised in Salinas, California, Daniel has been surrounded by agriculture his whole life. It was in Salinas that his parents made a living as laborers, but before coming to the United States, they tended their own lands in Mexico and grew strawberries as their primary crop. As a child, Daniel was enrolled in a children’s development program that gave him greater insight into the agricultural industry and left a lasting impression on him. His interest in agriculture wasn’t sparked again until after high school when he...

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