Blog posts by Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 9, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Mauricio Gonzalez was born to a farming family in Puebla, Mexico, where he would help his father every day after school. Gonzalez immigrated to the United States in 1992 and worked picking strawberries and on crews working with broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuce between 1992-2004. Since 2004, he has been a manager in field production in these same crops. Gonzalez would like to continue his career in organic agriculture because it is his passion, one of the jobs he knows how to do best, and something he has done for many years. He would like to be the owner of his own agriculture business so...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 2, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Shannon Good   I own a small organic dairy farm in Caledonia, Michigan. I am currently milking 40 Red and White Holstein cows, and I also have 70 heifers and dry cows. In March of 2015, my family's rental farm land was sold out from beneath us, and we had to sell almost all of our cows. However, we kept a small herd because I want to continue farming. In late fall 2015, my family and I decided to build a barn to support my Supervised Agricultural Experience project and re-install our double eight herringbone parlor. Now, I plan to expand in November of 2016 by adding more free stalls on the...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 25, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Haleigh Jones is an agriculture and environmental plant science major at California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo. She was born and raised on the Central Coast of California in the Santa Maria Valley. Growing up, Jones was surrounded by conventional farming—as it is a huge part of the local economy—and she never really questioned the production techniques being practiced until she was introduced to organic farming. Jones’ first ever farm job was on an organic farm as a production intern. Her experience on the farm was eye opening, and she fell in love with the practice. When...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 18, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Gwen Larrow believes that pursuing a career in organic agriculture will benefit the people, oceans, and economy of Hawaii. The vast majority of Hawaii's food is imported, and Larrow believes she has a responsibility to provide an option of affordable local produce to the people of Hawaii. Larrow wants to be actively involved in farming on Oahu and support organic agricultural methods to help lessen the impact of excessive nutrient run-off and chemicals that enter the water and pollute the marine ecosystems that are so unique to the Hawaiian islands. It is also her goal to contribute to the...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 18, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Maggie Burkett   For my Supervised Agricultural Experience project, I am taking manure from the two horses I have and composting it. I started this during the winter of 2015, when I enrolled in an agriculture class. The manure composts in large pallets that are five feet tall and four feet wide. Once it finally composts to the degree desired, I fill 10-pound bags and sell them for $2 per bag. My customers left wonderful notes asking me to continue to sell the manure so they can use it to fertilize their gardens. I will use some of the money from this grant to buy a Stall Butler, which is a...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 11, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


For Pascal Brooks, the weekends with his father were often spent in the fields. Brooks’ father became a sort of pioneer in Oregon wine after starting his own small winery with specific biodynamic practices applied to the grapes. Brooks helped his father as a child, though he did not appreciate the business and ethos until later. Brooks’ father passed away suddenly when Brooks was eight and left him his business. His aunt and friends took over and pursued the same sustainable practices his father wished to apply. Since then, Brooks has spent his summers among his friends, trying to work and...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 4, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Emilio Otontiopa was born on a ranch in Hildago, Mexico and began farming at age 11 growing beans, corn, cilantro, and squash. He immigrated to the United States when he was 19, and did irrigation for large farms. He went on to be an artichoke harvester, which was very hard work. Otontiopa wants to grow crops for people in his area so there is organic local food and fresh vegetables. He wants people to know where their produce comes from and how it is being grown, which is of great benefit to him and his people. Otontiopa would also like to teach his children how to grow food organically....
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 28, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Deseree Fontenot is a scholar, activist and budding farmer rooted in Oakland, California by way of Eunice, Louisiana. She is currently an apprentice at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems’ ecological horticulture program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Fontenot holds an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in social transformation from Pacific School of Religion, where she focused on ecological technologies, African-diasporic spiritual traditions, and geographic histories of food and land-based movements. She is passionate about transforming relationships...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 21, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Ava MosleySan Andreas, CA I am a part of the Calaveras FFA Rabbit Co-Op. This program has been at Calaveras for around 15 years, and is in need of new cages. These cages will line the outside walls of the barn so it makes cleaning, feeding, and breeding easier. Each cage is 24 by 30 inches and come in a section of four. Each section of four cages is about seven feet long, so we will be able to have five sections of cages in our rabbit barn. Each section comes with baby wire and larger cages for the kindling stages of breeding for fair. Our first goal for this SAE is to make around $3,330 to...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, August 14, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Abigail DeVries is a highly passionate and motivated earth steward and change agent seeking opportunities to reconnect people with their community, land, food, and themselves. Her journey to discovering and falling in love with diversified organic farming has been long and not so straightforward. She came to it first with a love of a very specific piece of land that her grandparents owned in Northwestern Illinois. The daughter of a missionary pastor, DeVries spent a rather unorthodox childhood hopping around the globe from calling to calling—mostly in Southeast Asia and Africa—returning every...
Written by Catherine Hsu on Monday, July 31, 2017 on financial assistance, funding, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, general organic

Donate to the CCOF Foundation – help us support future and current organic farmers. Heleigh Jones, 2017 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Winner   As summer wraps up across the country, the CCOF Foundation is opening the 2017 Annual Campaign to continue our work to bring health to our world through organic agriculture.    Your donation will support: The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund – educate a new generation of organic farmers. The Organic Training Institute – provide organic-specific technical assistance to 750 producers.  The Bricmont Fund – offer a helping hand to organic producers in...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 17, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Laura Palmer is a returning student at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, studying environmental management/protection and sustainable agriculture. In 2015, she graduated from Cabrillo College with an Associate Degree in horticulture and crop production. Palmer has moved around a lot in her life, from metropolitan to rural areas and everything in-between. She began to see the real disconnect between food production and the consumer, and witnessed the toll that this disconnect and the pressure for profit in conventional agriculture can take on the environment and the people of both...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 10, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Shawn Miller loves being a farmer! He grew up in the Midwest in a traditional farming community and loved being on the farm as a child, but quickly lost interest in growing only corn and soybeans. After high school, Miller moved to the West Coast and discovered a whole new world of agriculture. In 1999, Miller came across a CCOF booklet that contained a huge database of California farmers. He carried the book with him everywhere and used it to find his first farm jobs on organic farms. Since then, Miller has been farming all over the world to gather experience. He is currently farming a small...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, July 3, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jaynie Miller grew up in rural Michigan, where she spent much of her time outdoors, leading her to develop a deep love of the natural world. Later, as a college student in sustainability studies in the Sierra Nevada mountains, she discovered organic agriculture while volunteering one Saturday morning on a small farm. While peeling garlic on the farm, she had what she describes as her first and only major epiphany, realizing that farming could be a career that provides a meaningful bridge between modern life and the natural world. She has been farming ever since. Miller’s interests in organic...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, June 26, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Shelley Lewton enjoys working on small-acreage farms and creating community gardens. After several years working in elementary education, Lewton decided to begin an apprenticeship at the University of California, Santa Cruz to learn about organic farming, with hopes of beginning her own farm and ranch. She has a passion for helping people of limited income access healthy food and looks forward to actualizing her dreams. In her free time, Lewton enjoys hiking, swimming, and riding horses. Congratulations Shelley! Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future...

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