Blog posts by CCOF Foundation

Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, May 22, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, farmers markets, marketing


Postcards

Our popular "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards are back! This informational postcard will help you educate shoppers about certified organic. These cards promote buying certified organic, explain what "certified organic" means, and name the top reasons to buy certified organic foods. Place your complimentary order (limit 100 per operation) now! These complimentary marketing materials are available in limited supply. Postcards will be shipped the first week of June. "Why Buy Certified Organic?" postcards have been made available through the generous sponsorship of:     This is a project of...
Written by Laura Mathias on Friday, May 22, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic

The CCOF Foundation continues to bring together current and potential organic producers through our 2015 Going Organic workshops. These events are intended for those who are interested in going organic but may not know where to start, or for currently certified operations looking for more producers to source organic from. Each workshop helps assess how close an operation is to being organic and details the steps necessary to transition towards organic certification. Pam Strayer of Organic Wines Uncorked joined the recent Going Organic workshop in Rutherford, California, and recapped some key...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 27, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, grants


Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

We want you to apply for the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund! The fund is open between now and May 15, 2015. Join the ranks of organic students and teachers across the country who are studying and learning about organic agriculture. Join the CCOF community of Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund awardees and support your classroom projects and academic and vocational studies! K-8th Grade: Look at Agriculture… Organically! Grants It's never too soon for teachers to spark their students' interest in organic! We will be awarding 20 grants of $1,000 for K-8 classrooms nationally through a...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 6, 2015 on CCOF Foundation

The CCOF Foundation is excited to unveil new and improved webpages within the ccof.org site. Visit us and check out the in-depth description of our four programs (Future Farmer Grant Fund, Organic Training Institute, Consumer Education, and Bricmont Hardship Assistance). Visit the Organic Training Institute events page where you can register for upcoming field days, workshops, and webinars. Our Bricmont page has information about our 2015 hardship assistance program and our consumer education page has information about our consumer education cards. In particular we would like to highlight our...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, March 30, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, grants

The CCOF Foundation is excited to re-open applications for the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund in 2015. Partnering again with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and the National FFA (Future Farmers of America), as well as hosting our own granting process, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund will be doubling our grants this year, giving away a total of $100,000 in 2015! Twenty $2,500 grants will go to support people looking to attend programs in higher and vocational education programs focusing on organic agriculture. We are excited to support more people in their...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, March 30, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - K-8, future organic farmers

Raelynn Antrim, Ocean Knoll Elementary, Encinitas, CA
Project: Community Seed Library "As an extension of Ocean Knoll Farm’s organic educational opportunities and Global Seed Saving Program, sixth grade students from Ocean Knoll Elementary, an International Baccalaureate elementary school, will grow, harvest and save organic seeds of interesting, rare and near extinct edible varieties from around the world. They will simultaneously plan and build a community seed library which will offer these rare seeds to community members who share a passion for keeping diverse harvests alive. The goal of...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, March 16, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with a mission to train future generations of American youth to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, their classes and clubs reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States and these students are mostly trained in conventional agriculture. These grant recipients will have access to funding for Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects focusing on organic. Adel Battel, Michigan Project: Organic Maple Syrup “I plan to start an organic maple syrup business. I...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Saturday, February 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers

Stephanie AyoubMichigan State University, Organic Farmer Training Program Stephanie’s interest in agriculture was piqued at age nine, when she moved with her parents and two siblings to a hobby farm in central Michigan. Surrounded by farms, she fell in love with cows and became heavily involved in raising cattle for 4-H. Stephanie was determined to own a farm in the future, so she pursued a double major in Animal Science and Agriculture Business at College of the Ozarks. After graduating, she worked on some major dairy farms as a herdsman, took a summer to cycle across the country, spent...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, January 12, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, financial assistance, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with a mission to train future generations of American youth to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, their classes and clubs reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States. For the most part, these agriculturally-minded youth are trained in conventional agriculture. Now, through an innovative partnership with the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, FFA students will have access to funding for organic projects. Hear from the FFA grant recipients about...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Monday, January 5, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, grants

Last year, CCOF members invested in the CCOF Foundation and the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. By partnering with organic sector business leaders, the fund addresses the need for new organic producers through investing in organic agriculture education. Beginning in grade-school classrooms, extending through high school, and into higher education and vocational studies, this year the national fund will award: 25 grants to ​K-8 teachers who integrate organic agriculture into their curriculum through a special partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. 25...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 3, 2014 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance

Had an extremely hard year? Drought? Illness? Hurricane? CCOF’s Bricmont Fund may be able to help!  Bricmont Fund will give away $25,000 to organic producers who have experienced hardship in 2014. This fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers and processors/handlers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship by refunding part or all of a producer’s certification fees. The Bricmont Fund is the only hardship assistance fund specifically targeted towards organic producers in the United States. Last year, the fund sent checks to dairies, growers, and processors to...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, June 9, 2014 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, grants


The deadlines for two categories of the CCOF Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is fast approaching. In a statewide partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, kindergarten through eighth grade grants of $1,000 are currently available for organic classroom projects in California schools. Applications Due: Friday June 13. Apply now! Made possible through a collaboration with UNFI, direct grants of $2,500 for vocational and higher education in organic agriculture are now available for students across the United States. Applications Due: Friday June 13. Apply now!...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance

So do we. That’s why we are investing in the CCOF Foundation and asking you to join us by making your own tax-deductible contribution before the end of this year. Between 2005 and 2009, the CCOF Foundation led the Going Organic project to provide information about organic certification and production to hundreds of agricultural professionals and helped 40 farmers to convert more than 4,000 acres to organic production. Going Organic also supported the introduction of the USDA organic seal by promoting its acceptance. Organic seems to be everywhere from the local farmers' market and farm stand...

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