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.

AITCKindergarten through Eighth Grade
The Look at Agriculture… Organically! grants
$1,000 grants awarded to at least 10 schools through a partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

  • The Look at Agriculture… Organically! grants are available for U.S. K-8 teachers for agricultural classroom projects that follow the organic production standards of the USDA.
  • Applications will be available through the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom in April 2015.
     

FFAHigh School
Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) projects with FFA
$1,000 grants available for at least 10 individuals through a partnership with Future Farmers of America (FFA)

  • Applicants must be current FFA members planning to do a SAE project
  • Applicants must currently be in grades 7-12
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • Proposed SAE project must follow organic production standards of the USDA
  • 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 at least 10 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 will reopen in April 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.

 

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