Blog posts by Future Organic Farmers program

Written by Larissa Hernandez on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers - Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmers program


Celsa

After 13 years of working in the fields processing lettuce, Celsa Coronel decided it was time for a change. While training for a position in an office setting, Coronel saw a presentation about ALBA, the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association and knew that a farming path was more aligned with her passions and interests: “When I saw this opportunity, and they explained to me how everything worked, I said, ‘That is right: Here you can give it your all because it’s for you, for your future, for your family, and to help people.’ And so, I changed [back] to agriculture, because that was...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, May 17, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers program


Lehia

If you’ve been following the CCOF blog, you’re likely aware of Lehia Apana, co-founder of Polipoli Farms in Waiehu, Maui. Polipoli Farms describes itself as “tucked away in the Waiehu foothills,” and is located “on the same ʻāina mōmona [fertile land] that fed generations of Native Hawaiians.” Says Apana, “As a Hawaiian-run farm, we blend indigenous and modern growing practices.”Lehia Apana is a multiyear recipient of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer grant. Receiving financial support from CCOF was but one piece of the puzzle in launching Polipoli Farms. Apana describes how...
Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, May 17, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers - Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmers program

For the last 15 years, Santiago Contreras has been a vegetarian—conscious of healthy eating and healthy food. After many years working in the restaurant industry, he made the leap to learn to become a farmer by enrolling in the Farmer Education Course (PEPA) at the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) to develop his knowledge and skills to work the land. After a year of classroom learning and hand-on training, Contreras is now a full-time farmer cultivating many different vegetables, such as squash, beans, tomatoes, onions, and melons, on five rented acres in Hollister....
Written by Larissa Hernandez on Monday, May 3, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers - Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmers program


Lynn Batten

Meet 2020 Future Organic Farmers Grant Recipient Lynn Batten!Hawaii is a state with a biodiverse ecosystem and a strong heritage of caring for and connecting to the earth. Lynn Batten, a Native Hawaiian, seeks to continue this care by combining her passion for the community with stewardship of the land to help further the goal of creating a more responsible, sustainable, and people-oriented food system.Batten is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in political science and sustainable community food systems at the University of West O’ahu. A combination of her classroom education,...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, April 19, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers - Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmers program, grower


Lehia Apana

In a recent interview, Lehia Apana, multi-year Future Organic Farmer grant recipient and co-founder of Polipoli Farms on Maui, Hawaii, recalled her struggle identifying as an organic farmer. Despite using agroforestry and applying organic methods on the farm for many years, Apana speaks of having imposter syndrome and wondering when she and co-founder Brad Bayless could call themselves farmers. Their journey is not unlike that of other young farmers across the United States or even of young professionals in the first five years of their careers. The learning curve is steep, especially in...
Written by Laura Mathias on Thursday, March 25, 2021 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers program


Klinger

Abby Klinger is a Future Organic Farmer grant recipient based in Pennsylvania. From April 1 through April 30 of 2021, Bonterra Organic Vineyards will match every donation from Pennsylvanian residents to the CCOF Future Organic Farmer program up to $10,000, directly supporting the next generation of organic producers in Pennsylvania!CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer program has supported the education of many students in Pennsylvania by providing financial assistance to high school and vocational students who are pursuing organic farming. As many farmers are reaching retirement age, this...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, October 26, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers program, general organic


Fagundes Brothers Dairy Blog Photo Cred Liz Birnbaum

Fred Fagundes, owner and partner of Fagundes Brother’s Dairy, is a generous business leader. For many years, Fagundes Brother’s Dairy has been a loyal supporter of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund (FOFGF). They continue to champion the CCOF Foundation’s programs despite the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the connection between organic production and human and environmental health has become ever more apparent in recent months. Fagundes Brother’s Dairy is committed to producing organic dairy products at an accessible price. What’s more, Fred Fagundes is keeping his...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, September 28, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmers program


Doonan

Typically, Natural Products Expo West follow-up happens mid-March, with connections blossoming in the springtime and coming to fruition later in the summer. In February, the CCOF Foundation team was excited to travel to attend Climate Day at Expo West and co-host a lovely cocktail hour in partnership with the UNFI Foundation. While we never got to host our event in Anaheim, we regret more that we never got to introduce one of our very special Future Organic Farmer grant recipients, Katie Doonan.Doonan hoped to meet you all, too, and especially those of you who work for businesses that support...
Written by Adrian Fischer on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers program


FOFGF

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Teachers: Receive funds to incorporate organic into your classroom’s project-based learning. 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 educate their students about organic agriculture. Applicants must be certified K-8 teachers in the United States. Applicants must submit a project proposal with an itemized budget for a project to be completed in the 2020-21 school year. A significant percentage of grant funds will be awarded to teachers...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers program


If you’ve been reading the CCOF E-Newsletter for a while, you’re likely familiar with the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has given more than $600,000 directly to students and teachers who are inspired to study organic. 100% of donations to the fund are given directly to the next generation of organic farmers and producers, made possible with the generosity of households, businesses, and foundations across the country.  Covilli Brand Organics was one of the Fund’s original Champion-level supporters in 2014, part of a group...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, May 11, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmers - Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmers program, general organic


Forer

Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grant recipient Jack Sporer has officially become a small business owner. Sporer launched his own wine label in April 2020, Fresh Wine Company. A brand he calls “wine for the people,” its release comes just in time to satisfy an upswing in demand during stay at home orders enacted across the state of California.     Sporer’s wine focuses on carbon sequestration at each step. They are using lighter bottles, alternative packaging, and connecting local networks of consumers and suppliers to keep his community supported. Sporer’s efforts build integrity and...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, May 4, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers program


Anandi Ghandi

The CCOF Foundation is now accepting applications for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grants for higher education and vocational students! Applicants can apply for $2,500 grants to go toward their studies in organic agriculture. The application period is open from May 1 through June 1. Learn more and apply for your $2,500 educational grant.  Due to school closures, the grant application periods for K-8 teachers and National FFA Organization high school students will be postponed until Fall 2020. Check back on the Futue Organic Farmer Grant Fund webpage for updates.  In the interim, please...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, March 2, 2020 on advocacy, CCOF, CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmers program


Malcolm St Cyr

Many people and organic businesses from around the country often ask those of us at CCOF, “So, does CCOF only work in California?” The short answer is, “No, we’re all across North America!”  CCOF Certification Services certifies more than 4,300 operations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The CCOF Foundation grants to students, teachers, and farms all across the country. So, when we say that we want to create a world where organic is the norm, we mean it. And, we can't do it without confident co-creative efforts from organizations all over the world, organizations like MOM’s...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, January 27, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers - Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmers program


Celsa Ortega

My name is Celsa Ortega and I am 32 years old. I am from the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. Growing up in the mountain ranges with my grandparents, we harvested a ‘milpa’ and I quickly grew fond of my grandparents love and dedication for agriculture. I now have four children, three boys and one girl ranging from 13 to five years old. My family and I arrived in the Salinas Valley in 2006, and we have since been field workers. I enjoyed working in Greenfield, CA harvesting cilantro by contract. This job provided well for my family with the high pay and hours that I was able to achieve. A past...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, January 20, 2020 on CCOF Foundation, future organic farmers, Future Organic Farmers - Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmers program


Rhyne Cureton

My future career will be as an organic inspector and educator for the South East. I believe that the South East has the potential to be a major influence in the organic movement. The National Agricultural Statistics Services illustrates that in 2016, not one South Eastern state exceeded over 500 certified organic farms; six of these states having fewer than 50 certified farms. However, this void of organic certification should not be misunderstood as a lack of organic practices within the region. The South East has a strong and growing population of farms and farmers that do have organic...

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