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CCOF Foundation Trustees Visit Pacific Elementary School

On November 17, CCOF Foundation Trustees Allen Harthorn (Harpos Organics), Phil LaRocca (LaRocca Vineyards), and Malcolm Ricci (Bolthouse Farms), and CCOF staff Cathy Calfo, Jessy Beckett Parr, and Madelaine Baer visited with students, teachers, and parent volunteers at Pacific Elementary School in Davenport, California.

EcoFarm Pre-Conference on Planning for Succession

Many organic farmers will retire in the next 10 years and are struggling with the questions: “How can I retire and how will I pass my knowledge to the next generation?” At the same time, young farmers are asking, “How can I get started, and build on what the elders have accomplished?”

We invite farmers of all generations to join California FarmLink, CCOF, and organic industry partners to explore options and learn about farmland and business succession strategies.

Meet Abby Klinger: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

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Abby Klinger
Pennsylvania

I will be growing sunflowers in order to make an organic, preservative-free sunflower oil. This grant will help me purchase a hand-cranked oil press. Depending on the size of my crop, I may also roast the seeds for sale. I am going to trial this project in my family's garden. After a couple of seasons, I plan to rent a field from a local farmer to increase production.

Meet Abigail DeVries: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Abigail DeVries is a highly passionate and motivated earth steward and change agent seeking opportunities to reconnect people with their community, land, food, and themselves.

Meet Adriana Murguia: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Adriana Murguia
University of California, Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies Major with a Concentration in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems – California

Meet Akello Karamoko: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Akello Karamoko has always had a green thumb. He planted his first apple tree when he was 11 years old and sold peppermint and sage at his church at the age of 13. Farming as a career path was not on the minds of many of the children Karamoko grew up with in Detroit, Michigan, but he sought out programs to learn how to grow, plant, harvest, and sell his own organic crops. He participated in agricultural programs, including 4-H Gardens with Dr.

Meet Alexis Fujii: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

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Alexis Fujii
University of California Davis, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems – California

Alexis Fujii is in her third year at University of California, Davis majoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Her dream is to run and own an organic, sustainable farm that provides fresh products to a local community. She would like to be a part of the organic movement in order to improve the environment, global health, and food system.

Meet Annon Blue: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Annon Blue is a sustainable agriculture and agroecology student at Appalachian State University. Growing up in rural North Carolina, she worked with livestock in community groups like 4-H and the National FFA Organization, which had a major impact on her plans for a career in agriculture.

Meet Austen Villacis: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Austen Villacis
Farmshare Austin’s FarmerStarter Program – Texas

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