Blog posts by Josaphine Stevenson

Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 30, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Michael Bair    My family owns an organic dairy, but I want to find my own part in our organic farm: Michael’s Pastured Poultry. I need to design and build a pen that will be portable so I can move the meat chickens throughout the pasture, and I need a freezer that will store my processed chickens that are waiting for pick-up. I must follow organic rules and be separate from my family’s organic farm sales. I have the financial resources to purchase chickens and supplies, and I also have a buyer for my chicken, a local health food store. I plan to reinvest my profits to keep the enterprise...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 23, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Originally from suburban Arizona, Hanneke Van Dyke came to organic agriculture through her work in community health, education, and nutrition. Her belief that access to a diet rich in diverse, nutritious foods is a fundamental human right led her to an interest in sustainable food systems through which a focus on human nutrition also prioritizes care for the land, care for those who work on it, and a mindful use of limited resources. Van Dyke has worked in a variety of settings, from rural Morocco, to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, Malawi, and Cambodia. With experience overseeing and...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 16, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Annon Blue is a sustainable agriculture and agroecology student at Appalachian State University. Growing up in rural North Carolina, she worked with livestock in community groups like 4-H and the National FFA Organization, which had a major impact on her plans for a career in agriculture. After discovering the world of sustainable farming and the community that Appalachian State University harbors for it, she decided to pursue a bachelor degree. Blue hopes to integrate sustainable and organic farming practices back into the community extension and youth development programs she grew up in and...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 16, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Jacob Schreiber   My Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project plan is to purchase two of my father's organically-bred raised heifers to start my own herd.    My father has been raising organic beef for over 10 years. The beef is grass fed, and all the rations meet organic standards with the corn in the ration being organically grown. The beef is marketed as organically raised and most are sold privately to people who take them to the locker plant.    With two bred heifers due to calve in May of 2017, I will have a good start on my own herd. Because I can use my father's facilities and...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 9, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, funding, general organic

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are grave reminders of the increasing devastation invoked by natural disasters. Now more than ever, farmers need access to immediate and long-term assistance to prepare for and recover from disasters. Each year, CCOF makes grants available to organic producers, processors, and handlers who have suffered financial losses due to natural disasters. During the past nine years, over 150 certified organic businesses across the country have received support from CCOF’s Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund to help alleviate financial stress due to flood, fire, illness,...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 25, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, FOFGF, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, FOFGF FFA, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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, FOFGF Vocational & Higher Ed, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, 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...

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