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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 Matt Matthews & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

I plan to produce high-protein-based organic poultry feed by raising crickets, meal worms, and earthworms. There is also another specialty market in crickets and meal worms for pet use, i.e., for lizards, small snakes, and other reptiles. This is a small scope project with a start of 1,500 insects. My parents own poultry to test products and record production differences between store pellets and my products. This Supervised Agricultural Experience project will be sustainable by selling my products to local poultry producers.
 
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Meet Matthea Boatright & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

My vision is to continue my organic FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) from last year by purchasing a buck Angora rabbit of my own. I will also expand my SAE by utilizing my currently unused rabbit manure and turning it into valuable organic compost to sell to Alaskan gardeners, giving my business another source of income. I will continue to harvest highly desirable organic fiber from organically fed rabbits, and I will use organic, natural, and eco-friendly dyes on the harvested fiber, never harsh chemical dyes.

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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