Blog posts by CCOF Foundation

Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 13, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Emilie Clarke

Emilie Clarke is a student at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California studying horticulture with a focus in organic crop production. Due to the inclusive and supportive nature of the Santa Cruz community, working at farmers’ markets and involving herself in farming and ecological opportunities has led her to meeting some of the most inspirational organic farmers in all three surrounding counties. Clarke says the Cabrillo horticulture department has offered her all the tools she needs to fully explore her interest in growing organic cut flowers.  After facilitating the re-introduction of in...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, August 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic

Are you looking for new ideas to improve your organic recordkeeping systems? Are you curious about what digital recordkeeping options might be a good fit for your farm? Are you new to organic farming and want to find out more about the records you need to keep for organic certification?  The CCOF Foundation and National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are here to help! Join us this summer for a series of free webinars on organic recordkeeping for growers. In our Organic Recordkeeping 101 webinar on August 21, Ann Baier from NCAT will review the records required to meet the USDA...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 6, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Brett Sutton

Brett Sutton and his partner have a goal of creating a market farm and catering business within the cooperative local food movement. This is Sutton’s second season of formal farming, and each year his knowledge and ambition has grown. He is committed to a career in local organic agriculture and fostering connections among farmers, chefs, bakers, brewers, fermenters, groceries, restaurants, and food banks. Sutton is passionate about food, the ecology that supports food systems, and building a more vibrant regional food culture. Through his family heritage, working various kitchens and in West...
Written by Cathy Calfo on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, marketing

Dear CCOF members and supporters, In 2017, we helped 5,227 students and teachers get funding for organic education, helped 71 members engage with influencing policies for organic, and provided organic certification for 3,537 organic farmers and businesses—all with one focus: advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world.  CCOF’s fully organic focus is powered by the certified organic farmers, ranchers, processors, and handlers who govern our organization. Their passion and dedication inspire us to continue seeking more ways we can work together to advance organic. Through CCOF’s...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


The CCOF Foundation supports students and teachers of organic agriculture across the United States. Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has distributed over $500,000, impacting over 33,000 teachers and students. Our support for the next generation of organic producers is made possible by the generous support of our partners. One of our partners, Organic Valley, has supported the CCOF Foundation since 2014.  Organic Valley and CCOF have similar histories. CCOF began 45 years ago, when six farmers in the Santa Cruz, California area realized action needed to be taken to protect the...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, July 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


Haleigh Jones

Photo: Haleigh Jones, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grant recipient You may have heard of the CCOF Foundation or our Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund or Organic Training Institute. You can support these programs by donating to the CCOF Foundation!  Your support of the CCOF Foundation can help you make an impact in the future of organic.  By donating to the CCOF Foundation, you will support our education and hardship assistance grants, technical assistance trainings, educational programs and events, and consumer education initiatives. Your Foundation...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, July 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, events


Photo Credit: Brianna Vereker Discretion Brewing, much like California Certified Organic Farmers, was founded around a kitchen table. Unlike CCOF’s first members who dreamt of creating an organic certification system, Rob, Kathleen, Lars, Brianna, and Dustin of Discretion Brewing dreamt of creating a business for their family to own and run together.  Discretion Brewing understands the power of beer to connect friends, family, and community members. In our fast-paced lives, it’s refreshing to find a business that encourages us to slow down and connect. Connect with us on Monday, August 6,...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 23, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I plan to produce high-protein-based organic poultry feed by raising crickets, meal worms, and earthworms. There is also another specialty market in crickets and meal worms for pet use, i.e., for lizards, small snakes, and other reptiles. This is a small scope project with a start of 1,500 insects. My parents own poultry to test products and record production differences between store pellets and my products. This Supervised Agricultural Experience project will be sustainable by selling my products to local poultry producers.   Congratulations Matt!   Please join us in congratulating the...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 16, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


This is the second year that I received a Future Organic Farmer Grant for my National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) to raise organic market swine. I plan to buy a hog and enough organic feed to last me the length of my project, which is from March to July. I will go to any swine educations meetings my FFA offers and work with my teachers to learn more about organic agriculture, so I can expand my organic SAE.   Congratulations Laila!   Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 9, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


My FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) will be selling organic heirloom starts—including numerous varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, basil, and others—to people in our area, as an alternative to what is commercially sold to consumers at large national retailers. However, I need a complete greenhouse for my SAE. Our farm has everything in place for one: electricity, water, and frames. I only need to install plastic, end walls, and build tables for seed trays. With a completed greenhouse I will be able to get seeds in soil well before the last...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 2, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I live on a small organic dairy farm and own a herd of 150 Red and White Holstein dairy cows and heifers. After a financially difficult year of transitioning to organic, my farm became officially certified organic on May 1, 2017.  In 2016, my farm was only milking 20 dairy cows, however, my herd has rapidly increased and I am now milking 70 cows. I want to put an organic pest management program in place to control the fly population on my farm, however, I cannot do so without financial assistance. The severe fly problem resulted in pinkeye which caused eye damage and blindness in my dairy...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, June 25, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I plan to grow organic plants such as mint, lavender, and chamomile. I will then cut and dry the plants when they are ready for harvest. Once they are dry, I will make them into tea and aromatherapy bags that will then be sold at a local shop or farmers’ markets. I will start by planting in a greenhouse, and then I would like to work my way up to one acre of organic crops. I will need to research the process of becoming certified organic as I know this is a lengthy process. I will create a business plan and seek the advice of other people in the organic sector.   Congratulations Morgan!  ...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, June 18, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


I plan to grow a successful flock of organic egg-producing chickens that will be sustained through my final years of high school. I will begin with chicks that will produce eggs in the early summer. With this grant, I will be able to buy organic chicken feed, restore the partially damaged school coop and run, and build a transportable coop that will hold the chickens during summer break. I then plan to sell the organic eggs. By restoring and maintaining the coop, the flock will be sustainable and prosperous for my upperclassman years and future FFA chapter members. Congratulations Aubrey!...
Written by Meaghan Donovan on Monday, June 11, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, education, events, general organic, grower, handler, help and tips, standards

New U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop insurance programs have expanded risk management options for organic farmers and ranchers. Are you curious to know what programs might be a good fit for your operation?    Join the CCOF Foundation and California FarmLink on June 19 for a webinar that reviews the basics of the Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Learn the application requirements and key deadlines for both programs, as well as how the programs meet the needs of organic farmers and ranchers.    Speakers include...
Written by Lulu Garcia on Monday, June 11, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


My FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) plan is to purchase breeding hens and roosters from an NPIP certified local breeder to start my own organic hatchery. I plan to purchase eighteen hens and three roosters. There will be three breeds, each covering a variety of poultry most in demand while remaining a heritage breed. Each month I will take orders for chicks, deliver, and hatch the orders from the previous month. I will adhere to USDA organic standards. I also plan to free range all poultry to ensure the highest quality of life.    Congratulations Kendall!   Please join us in...

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