Blog posts by CCOF Foundation

Written by Laura Mathias on Monday, April 25, 2016 on CCOF Foundation

Each year CCOF competes for a spot on the New Leaf Community Markets Envirotoken boards, and we need your vote! Every time a customer uses their own reusable shopping bag at New Leaf store locations, they are awarded a 10¢ envirotoken to donate to the local nonprofit of their choice on the board. To qualify for the boards, these nonprofits are required to maintain a goal of helping the environment and conserve resources. CCOF proudly adheres to this requirement. We are honored to have been included on these boards for many years and we need your help to remain a recipient of these donations....
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 25, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Klinger

Abby KlingerPennsylvania I will be growing sunflowers in order to make an organic, preservative-free sunflower oil. This grant will help me purchase a hand-cranked oil press. Depending on the size of my crop, I may also roast the seeds for sale. I am going to trial this project in my family's garden. After a couple of seasons, I plan to rent a field from a local farmer to increase production. In addition to growing the sunflowers and making sunflower oil, I plan to educate people about the health benefits associated with organic sunflower oil. I will host two informational seminars on the...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 18, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Gracie Lynn HauserWisconsin I currently grow vegetables in our small garden located on 13 acres of farmland. I am 16 years old, and my dad is a used car salesman and my mother teaches at a rural public school. I am involved in the FFA program and take courses in plant science, which allows me to work in our school’s two greenhouses and a high tunnel. My SAE plan is to construct a 12- by 24-foot greenhouse, start and grow organic plants, incorporate a two-acre garden and eventually begin a CSA in my town. This grant will provide the guts of my greenhouse, raised beds, and benches, along with...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 11, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Cody

Cody KealyKansas The plan for my Supervised Agriculture Experience project is to have a thriving organic beekeeping business. This will be my second year as a beekeeper. I have over one hundred people on a wait list to purchase my honey, pollen, and wax. At the moment I have four hives, where I currently keep Cordovan Italians and New World Carniolans. I am an organic beekeeper and I don’t use medication. I have fruit trees and a large garden that are great sources of food for the bees in the spring. There is also a reserve for native flowers around my property. Over the course of this year I...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 11, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, events, get certification help, grower

Interested in going organic, but don’t know where to start? Organic certification is simpler than you think. Join CCOF, Lundberg Family Farms, and the Mushroom Farm in Pescadero, California for a workshop on what it takes to go organic. The workshop will help assess how close your operation is to being organic and will detail the steps necessary to transition towards certification. You will come away understanding the tenets of organic certification. Organic growers and advisors will answer questions about farming organically. The workshop will include a presentation from CCOF staff about the...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 4, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Matthea

Matthea BoatrightAlaska I live in Alaska, and, given our quick summer, built raised beds help lengthen the growing season. The two raised beds I now have for growing vegetables are falling apart and will not be usable for another year. The raised beds that I need to replace were made from cottonwood logs that we stood upright. All the moisture from the rain and snow has rotted away the wood and they have fallen over after only lasting a few years. This grant will make it possible for me to build two new raised beds using stone blocks, which are weatherproof and a lasting alternative to...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, February 1, 2016 on CCOF Foundation

The CCOF Foundation is thrilled to share our 2015 Annual Report: Growing Organic Futures. The report highlights our achievements over the past year, and shares the stories of the partners we worked with and the people we impacted. In 2015, we reached more than 135,000 organic farmers, teachers, students, and consumers. This would not have been possible without the strategic and financial support of our partners. We worked with more than 50 organizations to make grants to students and teachers of organic agriculture, educate new and existing organic farmers, provide hardship assistance to...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, December 14, 2015 on CCOF Foundation


Do you want to live in a world where organic is the norm? We do too! At the CCOF Foundation, we train new organic farmers, support those who already farm organically, and remind shoppers why they should always buy certified organic. Over the course of 2015, we reached more than 135,000 organic farmers, teachers, students, and consumers. Here’s what we have achieved this year in our four program areas: Future Organic Farmer Grant FundWe make grants directly to students and teachers of organic agriculture. In 2015, we reached 4,500 teachers, students, and their families.  Organic Training...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 14, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Lyle McDonaldVeteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training program – California After graduating high school, Lyle McDonald joined the United States Marine Corps, during which time he was deployed to Iraq for seven months and to Afghanistan for seven months. After leaving the Marine Corps he, like other veterans, wasn't prepared for what the civilian world had planned for him. The worst feeling in the world is being told that the skills he had acquired in the Marine Corps did not transfer into a job in the civilian world. Lyle’s family in the Philippines are sugar cane farmers, and although...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 7, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jessie MaierRogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon In 2012 Jessie graduated from Ohio State University (OSU) with a degree in animal science. Jessie grew up in the suburbs, so in order to get more experience in agriculture, she worked at OSU's beef and sheep operation and as a research assistant in ruminant nutrition. Subsequently, she volunteered at OSU’s student vegetable farm, an aquaculture lab, and at Stratford Ecological Center, an educational organic farm, and took OSU’s course in management-intensive grazing. After these experiences, Jessie knew her passion lay in...
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...

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