Blog posts by Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, March 27, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Jonathan Houser is a 26-year-old Navy submarine veteran who lives in Sparta, North Carolina, with his wife Hannah and daughter Sallie. They are expecting their second child this winter. Houser grew up on his grandfather’s tobacco and cattle farm, and the Houser family now owns Blue Feather Creek Farm, a small 30-acre farm that is home to sheep, chickens, and rabbits (so far). They also grow a variety of crops using sustainable methods without the use of synthetic chemicals. Houser is currently attending Appalachian State University and expects to graduate in May 2017 with a degree in...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, March 20, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Nicole Gurreri often spent hot summer days helping her grandfather– a retired farmer–manage his garden. Though she enjoyed the rhythm of weeding and harvesting, her favorite activity was picking his plentiful fruit bushes, always making sure that she ate one berry for every one that was dropped into her harvest bucket. Many years later Gurreri found herself at College of the Atlantic, a tiny school on the coast of Maine with a strong focus on sustainability. As she studied ecology and natural sciences her freshman year, she became interested in the local and...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, March 13, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Joshua Dransfield was born and raised on a dairy farm in Gap Mills, West Virginia. He graduated from James Monroe High School with honors in August 2015, where he played football and baseball and was a member of 4-H and FFA. During his FFA tenure, Dransfield was named the national first place at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Grasslands Contest in Missouri. He also represented his state as a member of the 2015 Dairy Judging Team, competing in Madison, Wisconsin, and Louisville, Kentucky. In fall 2015, he enrolled in West Virginia University. After finishing his first semester there, Dransfield...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, March 6, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Parvati Brown was born in a small farming community in Nepal, where age-old, animal-based organic farming practices endured for centuries. Within her lifetime she witnessed the dramatic shift toward the convenience of modern day synthetic chemical-based farming practices. Initially, the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides provided bigger yields from their fields than ever before. However, over the years this method had a negative impact on the overall health of the soil and the community. Brown is now a full-time horticulture student at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California,...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, February 27, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Growing up, Sierra Torres' mother never failed to come home after working all day to cook dinner for herself and her two brothers. She cherished the sense of community eating together brought to her family and the way it seemed to unite them. It is this feeling of comfort and warmth while cooking and eating with the people you love that has inspired Torres to do everything she can to make her community a healthy and sustainable place through food and agriculture. After spending four years working in the food industry–working in wide variety of roles from a line cook to a farm hand–she has...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, February 20, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Akello Karamoko has always had a green thumb. He planted his first apple tree when he was 11 years old and sold peppermint and sage at his church at the age of 13. Farming as a career path was not on the minds of many of the children Karamoko grew up with in Detroit, Michigan, but he sought out programs to learn how to grow, plant, harvest, and sell his own organic crops. He participated in agricultural programs, including 4-H Gardens with Dr. Wesley Godfrey, Keep Growing Detroit's Urban Agriculture Youth Apprenticeship, the Food Warrior Program with Detroit Black Community Food Security...
Written by Madelaine Baer on Monday, December 12, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


On November 17, CCOF Foundation Trustees Allen Harthorn (Harpos Organics), Phil LaRocca (LaRocca Vineyards), and Malcolm Ricci (Bolthouse Farms), and CCOF staff Cathy Calfo, Jessy Beckett Parr, and Madelaine Baer visited with students, teachers, and parent volunteers at Pacific Elementary School in Davenport, California. All of Pacific School’s students are participating in the planting and care of a 16-tree organic fruit orchard, with a boost from their $1,000 grant from the 2016 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. The grant will cover the costs of tress, automated irrigation, and educational...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 31, 2016 on Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

For the last three years, CCOF and partners have sponsored grants through the National FFA for students to conduct organic Supervised Agricultural Experience grants. There are 33 grants of $1,000 available for students in grades 7 through 11. Quality applications have a good possibility of being funded. Applications are made available through the National FFA Organization (FFA) and are due November 15, 2016. Previous recipient Rachel Stanley used her grant to install an organic edible landscape, and Jonathan Noblitt received a grant to cultivate organic mushrooms. Other students have raised...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, June 6, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

Brenda LopezArizona My Supervised Agricultural Experience plan is to raise organic laying hens for egg production. My plan is to only feed the chicks organic feed so they can be 100% organic instead of the typical non-organic corn-based fed hen. They will be raised in a healthy and hopefully predator-free environment to ensure they produce excellent quality eggs. They will not be given any type of antibiotics to "increase" the grading quality of the eggs or their production, because my main focus is to sell an organic product. I have already repaired the three chicken tractors at the high...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

Jodi LemmenMichigan My family started a large vegetable garden two years ago, and it soon became my project. This past year, my neighbor allowed me to expand my garden at her house, doubling the size of my overall garden. Being in 4-H for 9 years has also helped me learn about business and following through on projects. This year I grew lettuce and kale and sold it to a local health food store. When the owner of the local store tried my lettuce and heard it was organic, she was so excited. She couldn't keep it on the shelf at the store. My Supervised Agricultural Experience plan is to expand...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 23, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

Michael LarsonMinnesota I have been interested in greenhouse production since 2010. This past summer I began working at Honker Flats Greenhouse in order to gain more greenhouse production experience, and I also operated a small landscaping business for eight families. I have a small greenhouse that my parents got me for my birthday, and I also lease greenhouse space from my school. Last year I was able to start 300 ornamental plants in these two spaces, which I sold to my community. What makes my 2015 supervised agriculture experience project unique is that I want to experiment with using...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 16, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Stanley

Rachel StanleyTennessee I am passionate about urban agriculture and have a great support system as a result of my internship with Trevecca Nazarene University's Urban Farm. With my current area of land, I am hoping to research, design, plant, and manage an organic edible landscape based on permaculture principles. I plan on raising chickens, and building and planting an herb spiral with plants like pineapple mint and chives. I also plan on planting an organic vegetable garden that will have a range of vegetables, including corn, carrots, chard, cucumber, basil, beans, and lettuce. My goal is...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 9, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Are you a student of organic agriculture in a higher education or vocational learning program? Are you teaching kindergarten through eighth grade students? If so, May 15 is the deadline to submit your application for a grant to study or teach organic agriculture! K-8 teachers: Get funds to incorporate organic into your classroom’s project-based learning. Award Amount: Up to $1,000 Number of Awards: 30 Purpose of Award: The CCOF Foundation and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom administer the Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant program for K-8 teachers who teach...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 9, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Samano

Mariah SamanoCalifornia Littlerock High School Ag and Environmental Science Academy grows organic apples and peaches that we sell to our cafeteria to serve to the students at LHS, which inspired me to do my Supervised Agricultural Experience project. My SAE project will be to raise chickens and turkeys using only organic feeds and husbandry practices. I have raised market hogs and sheep, but I want to do something smaller and more sustainable. My adviser has informed me that raising organic poultry can be costlier than raising other crops, but I love to raise animals and I want to learn...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 2, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Noblitt

Jonathan NoblittMissouri My 2015 Supervised Agricultural Experience project will be growing different varieties of organic mushrooms. No one in my area has ever done an FFA project about mushrooms, so I think this makes my project unique. My dad, mom, and siblings were all involved in FFA, and I have already raised two beef cattle. With the proceeds from my livestock, I’ll start this mushroom business. I already have the wood for growing mushrooms, and will purchase the plugs in early spring. The mushrooms will be ready to harvest and sell in the summer. I plan to sell them at my local...

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