Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Growing Future Organic Farmers

The United States is facing an epidemic shortage of farmers. Among the challenges to meet the rising demand for organic products that are healthy for both people and the planet is the need for new organic farmers and entrepreneurs. The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is changing the world! Meet the past grant recipients.

The CCOF Foundation will be making grants in three educational categories in 2016:
K-8, high school, and vocational and higher education.

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
The Look at Agriculture… Organically! grantsAg in the Classroom
$1,000 grants awarded to 20 schools through a partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Grants are available for K-8 teachers nationally for agricultural classroom projects that follow the organic production standards of the USDA.

This grant program deadline has been extended. Applications are now due May 22, 2015.


FFAHigh School
Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) projects with FFA
$1,000 grants available for 20 individuals through a partnership with Future Farmers of America (FFA)

This grant program will reopen September 2015.

  • Applicants must currently be in grades 7-12
  • Applicants must be current Future Farmers of America (FFA) members planning to do a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • Proposed SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project must follow organic production standards of the USDAApplicants must be current FFA members planning to do a SAE project
  • Applications will be available through the national FFA in September 2015

Vocational and Higher Education
Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally
$2,500 grants for 20 individuals

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund vocational and higher education grants are available for students enrolled in educational programs that will benefit their future careers in organic production or in becoming an organic professional. This grant program is open between April 10 and May 15, 2015.

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund makes grants to students attending a program that fits into one of three categories:

  • Vocational training/certificate programs: Six-week to two-year technical hands-on training/apprenticeship programs focused on agricultural production.
  • Junior college/two-year degrees: Colleges offering courses for two years beyond high school, either as a complete training or in preparation for completion at a four-year college.
  • Bachelor’s/four-year undergraduate degrees: Degree programs at a college or university in undergraduate studies. This grant program is not open to graduate students.


To learn more about the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, please contact us at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263.


Vocational and Higher Education Grant Application Instructions

The Vocational and Higher Education grants will be accepted through an online application software hosted by UNFI.

When you reach the home page, please choose "Create New Account."

You will then be asked to fill out a number of text boxes to create your account.

  • Where it asks for your "Organization Name," please fill out your first and last name.
  • Where it asks for your "Organization Email," please fill in your email.
  • Where it asks for EIN, please enter “N/A”.

On the third page of the registration, you will be asked if you are the Organization’s Executive Officer, please answer yes.

When you get to the "Application Page" please choose the CCOF & UNFI Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Vocational and Higher Education Grant.



Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Partners

These organic businesses and community leaders are helping the CCOF Foundation change the way the world eats!

Clif Bar Family Foundation Driscoll's National Co+op Grocers
Organic Valley's FAFO Fund The Schiermeyers UNFI Foundation