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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.

Fagundes Brothers Dairy Keeps Portuguese Tradition Alive in the Central Valley

Fagundes Brothers Dairy Blog Photo Cred Liz Birnbaum
Fred Fagundes, owner and partner of Fagundes Brother’s Dairy, is a generous business leader. For many years, Fagundes Brother’s Dairy has been a loyal supporter of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund (FOFGF). They continue to champion the CCOF Foundation’s programs despite the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the connection between organic production and human and environmental health has become ever more apparent in recent months. Fagundes Brother’s Dairy is committed to producing organic dairy products at an accessible price.

Farmers Advocating for Organic, CCOF Foundation’s 2019 Organic Champion

FAFO
Join us at the Annual CCOF Foundation Awards Feast to celebrate our 2019 Organic Champion, Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO). FAFO is the largest organic-focused and farmer-funded grant program in the United States. The fund is a means for dairy cooperative Organic Valley farmers to support long-term, sustainable solutions to the problems facing organic.

Hear from Student Parvati Brown about the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund's Impact

My interest in organic agriculture comes from a very personal place in my life. I grew up in a rural farming village in Nepal where my family practiced subsistence farming. As a kid, I watched my mother struggle constantly with the challenges of producing enough food to feed our family. Since then, I have come to understand the inherent link between environmental degradation and the cycle of poverty and how they affect the lives of women like my mother.

Help Change the Lives of Future Organic Farmers

Celsa Ortega
This season of giving, I’d like to ask you to consider a gift to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund through an incredible matching opportunity in partnership with Patagonia Action Works. Your gift will be doubled, resulting in changed lives such as that of Celsa Ortega.
 
Thirteen years ago, Celsa was living in her home community in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Join Our New Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Supporters

With fewer young people going into agriculture, many agricultural experts and sector leaders are concerned about the future of American farming. New organic farmers and entrepreneurs are needed to meet the demand for organic products that are healthy for both people and the planet. The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund helps grow the next generation of farmers by providing financial support for organic education from kindergarten through college!

Join UNFI’s Melody Meyer in Supporting the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Melody Meyer
 
I have been honored to be the executive director for the UNFI Foundation since its inception in 2012. Early on, my board asked me how we could bring together likeminded foundations to make a larger impact in our priority areas together as a community. 
 

Make a Year-End Donation to Future Organic Farmers

 
Ignacio Mendoza
 
Ignacio Mendoza received two grants through the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Meet Abby Klinger: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Klinger

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.

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