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Meet Pueblo Vista Magnet Elementary School & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund


Pueblo Vista Magnet Elementary School
Napa, California 

The mission of Pueblo Vista Magnet School is to promote environmental literacy through bilingual education. The school community strives to develop biliterate learners whose ability to engage in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship, character, and creativity leads to a more environmentally-just society. Organic gardening is an ideal context for developing these habits of mind by bringing science learning to life in the school garden.

Meet R.L. Stevenson Middle School & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

R.L. Stevenson Middle School
R.L. Stevenson Middle School received a grant to create and sustain a school learning garden--a place for exploration and creation to occur. Middle school students began their project by learning about the microorganisms that live in soil. This included building a worm composting station. Students also learned about a wide variety of seeds and grew edible plants to be used for a class salad party. After the plants went to seed, students collected them and packaged them in packets they designed.

Meet Renee Zavas & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

A plant and animal lover by nature, Renee Zavas grew up in Northern California surrounded by animals. Her interaction with animal during her upbringing ranged from raising pigs for 4-H, to helping her dad with their emus and horses. 
Zavas moved to Santa Cruz to attend college and was lucky enough to enroll in Cabrillo College’s associate degree program for horticulture, where her passion for plants grew and she began to have a better understanding of the importance of organic farming techniques and the need for education on food justice and sovereignty.

Meet Rhyne Cureton & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Rhyne Cureton
Rhyne Cureton was born in rural Monroe, North Carolina but has lived most of his life in the metropolitan city of Charlotte, North Carolina. His family is two generations removed from agriculture. Cureton attends North Carolina A&T State University as a senior agricultural education major with a concentration in extension and professional services.
Although Cureton did not have much exposure to agriculture as a child, his love for nature and the outdoors was very evident, solidifying a strong appreciation of nature at an early age.

Meet Rhyne Cureton & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Rhyne Cureton
My future career will be as an organic inspector and educator for the South East. I believe that the South East has the potential to be a major influence in the organic movement. The National Agricultural Statistics Services illustrates that in 2016, not one South Eastern state exceeded over 500 certified organic farms; six of these states having fewer than 50 certified farms. However, this void of organic certification should not be misunderstood as a lack of organic practices within the region.

Meet Rufayda Dhamani & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Rufayda Dhamani
Rufayda Dhamani is currently an undergraduate student majoring in sustainable agriculture and food systems at University of California, Davis. She is an international student from Tanzania who plans on working in the development sector. Her aim is to work alongside subsistent farmers to design effective agricultural practices, so they may live a better-quality life, and protect the environment.
Congratulations Rufayda!
Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.

Meet Ryan Raether & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Ryan Raether
Ryan Raether’s National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experience project is expanding his organic pumpkin business. He usually sells out of pumpkins by the first week of October, as he only has a half-acre of land. With the money Raether will receive from the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, he will expand his space to one acre. He will use cow manure compost as topsoil and install a dripper system to water his pumpkins.

Meet Sarah Spear & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Sarah Spear comes from the big sky state of Montana. She is very passionate about sustainable and organic agriculture. Coming from an agricultural background, Spear can honestly say her upbringing has played a larger role in her interest of sustainable production practices. Spear is in her senior year at Montana State University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in sustainable food and bioenergy- agroecology. After completing her studies at MSU, Spear plans to contribute to the agricultural field by owning and/or managing an organic farm.  


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