Blog posts by future organic farmers

Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, November 19, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Joshua Dransfield

Joshua Dransfield’s future career goals include operating Windspring Organic Dairy farm and increasing the farm’s herd and production to be competitive in an area of the country where it is difficult to find a vendor for the product, especially for small herds. Currently, Dransfield and his family milk 35 cows, with about 50 young stock. There is a natural spring on the farm’s mountain land, which provides the farm’s water supply. Dransfield believes it is important to protect the land and water while producing a high-quality product for consumers to enjoy. This year, his family’s farm...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, November 12, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Lauren Spencer

Lauren Spencer is a student in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the University of Kentucky with a major in career and technical education agricultural education teaching accreditation program with minors in sustainable agriculture and ag economics, and she will be graduating in Spring 2019. She is a participant in the UK Horticulture Club, has completed the 200-hour working apprenticeship on UK Horticulture Research Farm, and is currently working on her startup cut flower business. After graduation she plans to teach high school youth as an agriculture educator while...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, November 5, 2018 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Zackery, Dylan, Josaphine

Through our Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, the CCOF Foundation has partnered with the National FFA Organization (FFA) to provide just under $100,000 in grants to middle and high school students for organic Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects over the last six years. CCOF Foundation Program Manager Josaphine Stevenson recently attended FFA’s National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Convention and Expo were attended by 67,000 FFA students from across the nation.  Stevenson had an opportunity to meet several talented students who received CCOF’s organic SAE grants this...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, November 5, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jesus Alcauter

Jesus Alcauter’s father was a vegetable farmer for many years in Michoacán, Mexico, growing corn, tomatoes, squash, and other crops. He instilled a love of farming and rural life in Alcauter, and even though he spent most of his childhood in Mexico City, his family would spend as much time in the countryside as possible.  Three years ago, Alcauter purchased his first ranch in Central Texas, where he and his wife raise chickens and goats. Alcauter has learned numerous trades over the years, including blacksmithing, welding, carpentry, and masonry, and he loves that in farming all his skills...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 29, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Rufayda Dhamani

Rufayda Dhamani is currently an undergraduate student majoring in sustainable agriculture and food systems at University of California, Davis. She is an international student from Tanzania who plans on working in the development sector. Her aim is to work alongside subsistent farmers to design effective agricultural practices, so they may live a better-quality life, and protect the environment. Congratulations Rufayda! Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.
Written by Guest Blogger on Monday, October 22, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Myra & Drew with Earthbound Truck

Earthbound Farm founders Myra and Drew Goodman were fresh out of college when they decided to move to the Salinas Valley. With the intention of taking a year off before entering the “real” world, Myra and Drew agreed to clean up the farm on which they lived in exchange for free rent.  The Goodmans were shocked to discover that part of maintaining the farm was adhering to a strict chemical spray schedule to keep the raspberries free of pests. They saw this and thought, “This is how our food is made?”  When Myra and Drew realized that the fruits and vegetables they eat were being treated with...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 22, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Lauren Martucci

Lauren Martucci is a senior at Cornell University majoring in agricultural sciences with a minor in horticulture. She is an active member of the professional agricultural sorority Sigma Alpha, as well as the Farm Bureau, Dairy Science Club, Wildlife Society, and Nature Society organizations. This summer she interned with the Hulke Sunflower Lab at the USDA-ARS in Fargo, North Dakota, where she participated in ongoing research initiatives and learned about the sunflower industry.  Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to study animal science or agro-ecology with hopes of...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 15, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Nelson Hawkins

After recently graduating from the University of California, Davis with a degree in sustainable agriculture combined with a decade of direct farming experience, Nelson Hawkins now feels empowered to turn his long-term goal of starting an organic farm into reality. This year, he is starting on a ¼-acre urban farm in West Sacramento, California growing seasonal vegetables for the surrounding neighborhood as well as supplying to local markets. Hawkins plans on growing his farm in size every year so that he can feed more people clean nutritious vegetables and inspire the next generation of...
Written by Shawna Rodgers on Monday, October 8, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers

The CCOF Foundation offers grants to students and teachers of organic agriculture across the country. Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has granted over half a million dollars, impacting more than 30,000 students and teachers of organic agriculture. This year, one of the Fund’s newest supporters is Blue Marble Brands, joining CCOF’s mission all the way from Providence, Rhode Island.   Last fall, Blue Marble supported CCOF through its Plant the Seed: Eat. Learn. Grow Organic retail promotion, created to help educate consumers about the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund and its...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 8, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Joshua Wiemer

Joshua Wiemer’s goal is to continue working on his family’s organic dairy farm after graduating college and purchase it from his parents when they retire. Wiemer’s experience growing up on a farm, working with his parents and siblings, taking care of the animals, planting and harvesting crops, and being involved with the environment made him realize he wants to work in agriculture as a career. His decision to become a farmer was reinforced when Wiemer took over daily operations for while his father recovered from double knee replacement surgery. This experience opened his eyes to the...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, October 1, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Julia Reese

Julia Reese was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. Growing up, she spent a significant amount of time working with her dad in organic fruit and nut orchards. She gained an appreciation for the industry and decided she wanted to be involved in it in the future.  Reese currently attends the University of Idaho, where she studies agricultural systems management and civil engineering. She is on the dean’s list, is a member the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, serves as vice president of the cycling club, and works for Crop Matters, an agricultural contract research company...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 24, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Dylan

My Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project is organic vegetable production. My garden currently produces 200 pounds of produce each summer, and I recently expanded my garden to include shiitake mushrooms. My mushrooms gave me 15 pounds of produce this past summer.  I'd like to increase my mushroom production so I can sell at the local farmers’ market. I can use the logs for approximately six years and after a one year wait for the first crop, I will be able to harvest mushrooms twice a year. The profit over six years will allow for replacement logs, thus sustaining my SAE. ...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 17, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Rhyne Cureton

Rhyne Cureton was born in rural Monroe, North Carolina but has lived most of his life in the metropolitan city of Charlotte, North Carolina. His family is two generations removed from agriculture. Cureton attends North Carolina A&T State University as a senior agricultural education major with a concentration in extension and professional services. Although Cureton did not have much exposure to agriculture as a child, his love for nature and the outdoors was very evident, solidifying a strong appreciation of nature at an early age. He realized a great disconnect between agriculture and...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 10, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Lehia Apana

Lehia Apana and her husband own a three-acre property in Waiehu on the island of Maui. This small town is part of a larger area that was historically considered Maui's "breadbasket" because of its food abundance. When Apana and her husband purchased their property about one year ago, it was covered in eight-foot-tall guinea grass. As they cleared the land to prepare for farming, they were surprised and delighted to find that the traditional-style terraces used for growing kalo (taro) were still intact! As a Native Hawaiian, Apana understands that kalo is more than food—it’s identity. The...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, September 3, 2018 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


John Gove

John Gove grew up on a small, diverse vegetable farm and will be the seventh generation of his family to take it over. Throughout his first year studying horticultural science, vegetable and fruit production, and sustainability at Michigan State University, Gove’s eyes were opened to organic farming. He hopes to be able to further his education and implement organic practices at his farm to better serve his community for years to come. Congratulations John! Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.

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