Blog posts by Jessy Beckett Parr

Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 19, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Joshua Sandoval

Joshue SandovalHartnell Community College and Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA), Farmer Education Program (PEPA) – California Joshue Sandoval has lived in agricultural areas his whole life; he was born in Mexico and moved to Watsonville, California, at the age of five. He worked for four years in conventional and organic raspberries and for nine years at SunRidge Farms, including six years in the organic division where he supervised up to 40 employees. Joshue’s dream is to start an organic family farm in the Watsonville area where he has access to land. He believes in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 12, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Mark O’Loughlin Archi’s Acres, Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training Program – California Mark O’Loughlin was born in Independence, Iowa, where he was raised on a beef and dairy farm. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1982 and served for 30 years in the Marine Corps Infantry as an infantry instructor and a drill instructor. He retired in 2012 as the Sergeant Major for the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton. Since retiring from the Marine Corps, Mark has worked as the Vice President of Military Affairs for PsychArmor Institute and as the Founder/CEO of Validated...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 5, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Justin Moran Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon Justin's interest in agriculture was ignited through a year of European Voluntary Service in Turkey, where he built an environmental education center and helped launch the second organic marketplace in the country, after which he lived and worked at a pioneering ecovillage and a biodynamic farm in the United Kingdom. These experiences strongly influenced his understanding of agricultural principles such as considering the farm as a living organism, building fertility on-farm, and integrating practices that move towards long-...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner. Margaret GoolsbyUniversity of California...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 21, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance, grants


News that many of our organic operations have been impacted by the wildfires raging throughout California has rippled through the CCOF offices this week. Inspectors, chapter members, and certified members have called to see how CCOF can lend a hand. CCOF’s Bricmont Fund is poised to help organic operations in their time of need, but we have limited funds to give away as hardship assistance grants this year. We need your help to raise additional funds to support wildfire victims in California. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to organic farmers affected by the fires. The CCOF...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 21, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Daniel Donate Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Agribusiness – California Born and raised in Salinas, California, Daniel has been surrounded by agriculture his whole life. It was in Salinas that his parents made a living as laborers, but before coming to the United States, they tended their own lands in Mexico and grew strawberries as their primary crop. As a child, Daniel was enrolled in a children’s development program that gave him greater insight into the agricultural industry and left a lasting impression on him. His interest in agriculture wasn’t sparked again until after high school when he...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 14, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Adriana Murguia University of California, Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies Major with a Concentration in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems – California Adriana grew up in San Bernardino county outside of the greater Los Angeles area, and was introduced to food systems once she started attending UC Santa Cruz. She aspires to pursue a career in organic agriculture because both Latinos and women make up the majority of agricultural workforce in California, yet are significantly underrepresented in administrative positions in agriculture and in political decision-making. Her motivation in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Friday, September 4, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance


CCOF is pleased to announce that the Bricmont Fund is open for applications for hardship assistance from now until October 23, 2015. The fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to certified organic producers and processors/handlers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship such as fire, flood, freeze, insect pressures, and drought. Since 2007, CCOF has distributed funds annually to members of the organic community who are in need. Eligibility Criteria: Certified organic operations currently in good standing (valid organic certificate required for consideration) Severe economic...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Friday, September 4, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jesse Cruz Mira Costa Junior College, Horticulture – California After graduating high school in New Jersey in 2003, Jesse enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He spent eight years in the Marine Corps from 2003-11, during which he served a six-month tour of duty in Iraq. During his final year in the Marines, Jesse began to consider his transition into the civilian sector and what he was going to do for a career after the time he spent in the military. At the same time, he underwent personal shifts in his attitude towards food, health, and the politics surrounding those issues. By...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 31, 2015 on Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


Kimberly and Mufasa

The CCOF Foundation is proud to partner with the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) to offer 20 $1,000 scholarships for organic Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grants. Now in its second year, the joint project between FFA and CCOF gives FFA students across the country the opportunity to learn how to grow organic food, raise organic animals, or conduct experiments about organic agriculture. Last year the CCOF Foundation was able to sponsor 10 scholarships through FFA. Read about all the 2014 winners.Kimberly Vargas was one of those students. Kimberly is a high school student in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 31, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jennie Wagner

Jennie WagnerNorth Carolina State University, Plant and Soil Science with an Agroecology Minor – North Carolina Jennie Wagner is a student at North Carolina State University majoring in Plant and Soil Science with a minor in Agroecology. She is from New London, North Carolina, where her family owns and operates a small farm that, although not certified, uses organic practices. In addition to seasonal produce, her family pasture raises pork, broilers, laying hens, and turkeys. Jennie works on her family farm, helping in any way she can. She especially enjoys updating the farm's Facebook page...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 24, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Fujii

Alexis FujiiUniversity of California Davis, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems – California Alexis Fujii is in her third year at University of California, Davis majoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Her dream is to run and own an organic, sustainable farm that provides fresh products to a local community. She would like to be a part of the organic movement in order to improve the environment, global health, and food system. Alexis is very excited to continue her studies at an amazing agricultural university and learn everything she'll need to know in order to have a...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 17, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


James HarrisUC Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship – California After spending 10 years in the United States Army and deploying twice to Iraq, James Harris found it difficult to define what was normal after leaving the military. Like most veterans, he saw the world differently than people who had not experienced the service. He found it difficult to adjust to life outside of the military and longed to be a part of a cause bigger than himself—something that offered him purpose and a chance to serve again. At the time, James was volunteering at an...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 10, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Anthony Boyd

Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr. Appalachian State University, Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture – North Carolina Anthony Boyd grew up on the Catawba Indian Nation in South Carolina where he fell in love with nature, playing in the woods and streams of the reservation. There, he first felt his calling to be a steward of the earth. After graduating high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where he completed an A.A.S. in Chemical Technology at Cape Fear Community College and contributed to a water study funded by the National Science...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 3, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Sean Beagle

Sean Beagle  University of Colorado, Biology - Colorado Sean Beagle served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry from 2008-2012 and was deployed twice to Afghanistan as an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. In June of 2012, he received an honorable discharge, and began studying at Delaware County Community College using his GI Bill benefits. That summer, Sean volunteered at Henry Got Crops, an urban farm in northern Philadelphia that grows produce for a local co-op and educates high school students on practices of organic farming. Inspired by his time at Henry Got Crops, Sean moved to...

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