National Co+op Grocers Donates $50,000 to CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Grants Target Teachers in Disadvantaged Communities, and Students of Organic Agriculture

(January 4, 2016) Santa Cruz, CA – National Co+op Grocers (NCG) and the CCOF Foundation are pleased to announce NCG’s $50,000 holiday donation to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. The donation is made on behalf of NCG’s membership of 148 cooperative grocers operating over 200 stores across the country.

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is the only fund in the United States that exclusively targets the study and teaching of organic agriculture. The fund aims to increase the supply of organic in the United States through investing in the next generation of organic producers.

In only its third year, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund will distribute more than $150,000 in 2016 to students and teachers across the United States. The fund has three grant categories:

  • In partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, $1,000 grants are made to K-8th grade teachers nationwide who develop organic classroom projects.
  • In partnership with the National FFA Organization, $1,000 grants are made to high school students who pursue organic-focused Supervised Agricultural Experiences.
  • $2,500 grants are made to vocational and higher education students enrolled in educational programs that will benefit their future careers in the organic industry.

The grants in each category target teachers in disadvantaged communities and students who demonstrate financial need.

Through the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, NCG and the CCOF Foundation will impact more than 8,000 teachers and students while helping them advance their learning about organic as well as their future careers in organic.

For more information about the Future Organic Farmer Grant fund, please visit www.ccof.org/foundation/fofgf.

About CCOF
CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 that advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. CCOF is based in Santa Cruz, California, and represents more than 2,900 certified organic members in 42 states and three countries.

The CCOF Foundation is a 501(c)(3) working to increase the supply of organic in the United States through education and hardship grants, technical assistance to organic and prospective organic producers, and consumer education. For further information on CCOF visit: www.ccof.org.

About National Co+op Grocers
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCG represents 148 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of over $1.8 billion and over 1.5 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.

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Author: 
Robin Boyle, CCOF Director of Marketing and Sales
Author contact information: 

CCOF
2155 Delaware Ave, Suite 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060