Blog posts by Jessy Beckett Parr

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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, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, 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, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, 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...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 25, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Interested in practicing or teaching organic agriculture, or know someone who is? Apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant! Grants are available nationally for K-8 teachers with organic classroom projects through the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, and for higher education and vocational students studying organic agriculture. Over the last two years, the CCOF Foundation and partners have given away $150,000 in grants to students and teachers of organic agriculture across the United States. The CCOF Foundation will be offering grants in three educational categories in...
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 Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, February 1, 2016 on education, events

Join farmer-educator Christof Bernau from the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday, February 24, from 12-1 p.m. for a free webinar on farm-based experiential education. Bernau will discuss ways to use an array of strategies to engage your audience; build student, intern and apprentice capacity; and grow the next generation of farmers. Drawing on 20 years of experience in farmer education, Bernau will talk about best practices and strategies to optimize farm-based agricultural learning. He will provide an overall view of the revised CASFS...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, January 11, 2016 on education, events, future organic farmers


Many organic farmers will retire in the next 10 years and are struggling with the questions: “How can I retire and how will I pass my knowledge to the next generation?” At the same time, young farmers are asking, “How can I get started, and build on what the elders have accomplished?” We invite farmers of all generations to join California FarmLink, CCOF, and organic industry partners to explore options and learn about farmland and business succession strategies. In the morning, farmers and stakeholders will gather to share and discuss key succession issues and challenges, transition needs,...
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...

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