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Meet Shawn Miller: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Shawn Miller loves being a farmer! He grew up in the Midwest in a traditional farming community and loved being on the farm as a child, but quickly lost interest in growing only corn and soybeans. After high school, Miller moved to the West Coast and discovered a whole new world of agriculture.

Meet Shelley Lewton: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Shelley Lewton enjoys working on small-acreage farms and creating community gardens. After several years working in elementary education, Lewton decided to begin an apprenticeship at the University of California, Santa Cruz to learn about organic farming, with hopes of beginning her own farm and ranch. She has a passion for helping people of limited income access healthy food and looks forward to actualizing her dreams. In her free time, Lewton enjoys hiking, swimming, and riding horses.

Congratulations Shelley!

Meet Sierra Madre Elementary School & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Sierra Madre Elementary School
Sierra Madre, California

Students created an organic enriched garden studying soil composition and composting methods. They collected scraps from the cafeteria to compost into rich soil. In addition, they incorporated other organic material to enrich the soil organically. Students also learned the importance of giving back to the environment and creating healthy environments.

Meet Sierra Torres: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Growing up, Sierra Torres' mother never failed to come home after working all day to cook dinner for herself and her two brothers. She cherished the sense of community eating together brought to her family and the way it seemed to unite them. It is this feeling of comfort and warmth while cooking and eating with the people you love that has inspired Torres to do everything she can to make her community a healthy and sustainable place through food and agriculture.

Meet Sunyoung Yang: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Sunyoung Yang
University of California, Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship – California

Meet the FFA Recipients of the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Awards!

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with a mission to train future generations of American youth to meet the challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, their classes and clubs reach hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States. For the most part, these agriculturally-minded youth are trained in conventional agriculture.

Meet the First Recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders. The CCOF Foundation and UNFI Foundation, along with Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, and Bradmer Foods have pooled their resources to support the education of new organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors. These organizations formed an Advisory Committee that developed application criteria, reviewed grant applicants, and selected the grant finalists for these 10 direct grants to students in higher and vocational education programs.

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