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Meet Lyle McDonald: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Lyle McDonald
Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training program – California

After graduating high school, Lyle McDonald joined the United States Marine Corps, during which time he was deployed to Iraq for seven months and to Afghanistan for seven months. After leaving the Marine Corps he, like other veterans, wasn't prepared for what the civilian world had planned for him. The worst feeling in the world is being told that the skills he had acquired in the Marine Corps did not transfer into a job in the civilian world.

Meet Margaret Goolsby: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders.

Meet Mark O'Loughlin: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Mark O’Loughlin 
Archi’s Acres, Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training Program – California

Meet Mauricio Gonzalez: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

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.

Meet Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr.: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Anthony Boyd

Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr. 
Appalachian State University, Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture – North Carolina

Anthony Boyd grew up on the Catawba Indian Nation in South Carolina where he fell in love with nature, playing in the woods and streams of the reservation. There, he first felt his calling to be a steward of the earth.

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