Blog posts by CCOF Foundation

Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 14, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Adriana Murguia University of California, Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies Major with a Concentration in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems – California Adriana grew up in San Bernardino county outside of the greater Los Angeles area, and was introduced to food systems once she started attending UC Santa Cruz. She aspires to pursue a career in organic agriculture because both Latinos and women make up the majority of agricultural workforce in California, yet are significantly underrepresented in administrative positions in agriculture and in political decision-making. Her motivation in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Friday, September 4, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance


CCOF is pleased to announce that the Bricmont Fund is open for applications for hardship assistance from now until October 23, 2015. The fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to certified organic producers and processors/handlers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship such as fire, flood, freeze, insect pressures, and drought. Since 2007, CCOF has distributed funds annually to members of the organic community who are in need. Eligibility Criteria: Certified organic operations currently in good standing (valid organic certificate required for consideration) Severe economic...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Friday, September 4, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jesse Cruz Mira Costa Junior College, Horticulture – California After graduating high school in New Jersey in 2003, Jesse enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He spent eight years in the Marine Corps from 2003-11, during which he served a six-month tour of duty in Iraq. During his final year in the Marines, Jesse began to consider his transition into the civilian sector and what he was going to do for a career after the time he spent in the military. At the same time, he underwent personal shifts in his attitude towards food, health, and the politics surrounding those issues. By...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 31, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jennie Wagner

Jennie WagnerNorth Carolina State University, Plant and Soil Science with an Agroecology Minor – North Carolina Jennie Wagner is a student at North Carolina State University majoring in Plant and Soil Science with a minor in Agroecology. She is from New London, North Carolina, where her family owns and operates a small farm that, although not certified, uses organic practices. In addition to seasonal produce, her family pasture raises pork, broilers, laying hens, and turkeys. Jennie works on her family farm, helping in any way she can. She especially enjoys updating the farm's Facebook page...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 24, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Fujii

Alexis FujiiUniversity of California Davis, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems – California Alexis Fujii is in her third year at University of California, Davis majoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Her dream is to run and own an organic, sustainable farm that provides fresh products to a local community. She would like to be a part of the organic movement in order to improve the environment, global health, and food system. Alexis is very excited to continue her studies at an amazing agricultural university and learn everything she'll need to know in order to have a...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 17, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


James HarrisUC Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship – California After spending 10 years in the United States Army and deploying twice to Iraq, James Harris found it difficult to define what was normal after leaving the military. Like most veterans, he saw the world differently than people who had not experienced the service. He found it difficult to adjust to life outside of the military and longed to be a part of a cause bigger than himself—something that offered him purpose and a chance to serve again. At the time, James was volunteering at an...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 10, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Anthony Boyd

Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr. Appalachian State University, Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture – North Carolina Anthony Boyd grew up on the Catawba Indian Nation in South Carolina where he fell in love with nature, playing in the woods and streams of the reservation. There, he first felt his calling to be a steward of the earth. After graduating high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where he completed an A.A.S. in Chemical Technology at Cape Fear Community College and contributed to a water study funded by the National Science...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 3, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Sean Beagle

Sean Beagle  University of Colorado, Biology - Colorado Sean Beagle served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry from 2008-2012 and was deployed twice to Afghanistan as an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. In June of 2012, he received an honorable discharge, and began studying at Delaware County Community College using his GI Bill benefits. That summer, Sean volunteered at Henry Got Crops, an urban farm in northern Philadelphia that grows produce for a local co-op and educates high school students on practices of organic farming. Inspired by his time at Henry Got Crops, Sean moved to...
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...

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