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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 Arthur Keculah & Apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant

Arthur Keculah is from Liberia and has been in the United States for over 15 years. During those years, he did not have a permanent job or housing, but since beginning the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) program, he has housing on campus. 
 

Meet Austen Villacis: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Austen Villacis
Farmshare Austin’s FarmerStarter Program – Texas

Meet Benjamin Meeks & Get Involved in the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Although Benjamin Meeks was born in Kenya, he grew up on a 35-acre farm in rural Appalachia.  As far back as Meeks can remember, he’s had a passion for farming and nature. The plants and animals on his family’s small farm in the Appalachian mountains were his backyard and the world he called home. 
 

Meet Brenda Lopez: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Brenda Lopez
Arizona

My Supervised Agricultural Experience plan is to raise organic laying hens for egg production. My plan is to only feed the chicks organic feed so they can be 100% organic instead of the typical non-organic corn-based fed hen. They will be raised in a healthy and hopefully predator-free environment to ensure they produce excellent quality eggs. They will not be given any type of antibiotics to "increase" the grading quality of the eggs or their production, because my main focus is to sell an organic product.

Meet Brendan Fatzinger: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Brendan Fatzinger is a Georgia native and is pursuing a B.S. in horticulture with a certificate in organic agriculture at the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Growing food has long been a fascination of his, and doing so in a responsible and sustainable manner is very important to him. Fatzinger’s career focus is to one day help further research in fruit and vegetable breeding with an emphasis on traits favored by organic growers.

Congratulations Brendan!

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