Blog posts by Jessy Beckett Parr

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

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...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 27, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, grants


Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

We want you to apply for the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund! The fund is open between now and May 15, 2015. Join the ranks of organic students and teachers across the country who are studying and learning about organic agriculture. Join the CCOF community of Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund awardees and support your classroom projects and academic and vocational studies! K-8th Grade: Look at Agriculture… Organically! Grants It's never too soon for teachers to spark their students' interest in organic! We will be awarding 20 grants of $1,000 for K-8 classrooms nationally through a...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 6, 2015 on CCOF Foundation

The CCOF Foundation is excited to unveil new and improved webpages within the ccof.org site. Visit us and check out the in-depth description of our four programs (Future Farmer Grant Fund, Organic Training Institute, Consumer Education, and Bricmont Hardship Assistance). Visit the Organic Training Institute events page where you can register for upcoming field days, workshops, and webinars. Our Bricmont page has information about our 2015 hardship assistance program and our consumer education page has information about our consumer education cards. In particular we would like to highlight our...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, March 30, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, grants

The CCOF Foundation is excited to re-open applications for the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund in 2015. Partnering again with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and the National FFA (Future Farmers of America), as well as hosting our own granting process, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund will be doubling our grants this year, giving away a total of $100,000 in 2015! Twenty $2,500 grants will go to support people looking to attend programs in higher and vocational education programs focusing on organic agriculture. We are excited to support more people in their...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, March 30, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - K-8, future organic farmers

Raelynn Antrim, Ocean Knoll Elementary, Encinitas, CA
Project: Community Seed Library "As an extension of Ocean Knoll Farm’s organic educational opportunities and Global Seed Saving Program, sixth grade students from Ocean Knoll Elementary, an International Baccalaureate elementary school, will grow, harvest and save organic seeds of interesting, rare and near extinct edible varieties from around the world. They will simultaneously plan and build a community seed library which will offer these rare seeds to community members who share a passion for keeping diverse harvests alive. The goal of...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, March 16, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with a mission to train future generations of American youth to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, their classes and clubs reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States and these students are mostly trained in conventional agriculture. These grant recipients will have access to funding for Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects focusing on organic. Adel Battel, Michigan Project: Organic Maple Syrup “I plan to start an organic maple syrup business. I...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Saturday, February 28, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers

Stephanie AyoubMichigan State University, Organic Farmer Training Program Stephanie’s interest in agriculture was piqued at age nine, when she moved with her parents and two siblings to a hobby farm in central Michigan. Surrounded by farms, she fell in love with cows and became heavily involved in raising cattle for 4-H. Stephanie was determined to own a farm in the future, so she pursued a double major in Animal Science and Agriculture Business at College of the Ozarks. After graduating, she worked on some major dairy farms as a herdsman, took a summer to cycle across the country, spent...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, January 12, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, education, financial assistance, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with a mission to train future generations of American youth to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, their classes and clubs reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States. For the most part, these agriculturally-minded youth are trained in conventional agriculture. Now, through an innovative partnership with the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, FFA students will have access to funding for organic projects. Hear from the FFA grant recipients about...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, January 5, 2015 on events


CCOF members, academics, journalists, and organically-interested conventional producers had the privilege of touring through some of the Bay Area’s premier wholesale operations on Wednesday, December 10. Long time organic food purveyor Veritable Vegetable brought the tour group into the inner recesses of their South San Francisco warehouses to give participants a firsthand experience of the ‘cold-chain.’ Participants bundled up to witness old and new Veritable Vegetable wholesale warehouses in action and learn what a good-pack versus bad-pack means for Veritable standards. They also learned...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 3, 2014 on CCOF Foundation, financial assistance

Had an extremely hard year? Drought? Illness? Hurricane? CCOF’s Bricmont Fund may be able to help!  Bricmont Fund will give away $25,000 to organic producers who have experienced hardship in 2014. This fund provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers and processors/handlers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship by refunding part or all of a producer’s certification fees. The Bricmont Fund is the only hardship assistance fund specifically targeted towards organic producers in the United States. Last year, the fund sent checks to dairies, growers, and processors to...

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