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Meet Sarah Wells: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Sarah Wells
Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon

Meet Sean Beagle: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Sean Beagle
Sean Beagle 

University of Colorado, Biology - Colorado

Sean Beagle served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry from 2008-2012 and was deployed twice to Afghanistan as an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines.

In June of 2012, he received an honorable discharge, and began studying at Delaware County Community College using his GI Bill benefits. That summer, Sean volunteered at Henry Got Crops, an urban farm in northern Philadelphia that grows produce for a local co-op and educates high school students on practices of organic farming.

Meet Shannon Good & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Shannon Good
Shannon Good’s future career goals directly relate to organic agriculture, as she plans to become a business partner in her family’s organic dairy farm, Med-O-Bloom Farms, L.L.C., after she obtains her degree from Michigan State University.

Meet Shannon Good & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

I live on a small organic dairy farm and own a herd of 150 Red and White Holstein dairy cows and heifers. After a financially difficult year of transitioning to organic, my farm became officially certified organic on May 1, 2017.  In 2016, my farm was only milking 20 dairy cows, however, my herd has rapidly increased and I am now milking 70 cows. I want to put an organic pest management program in place to control the fly population on my farm, however, I cannot do so without financial assistance.

Meet Shawn Miller: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Shawn Miller loves being a farmer! He grew up in the Midwest in a traditional farming community and loved being on the farm as a child, but quickly lost interest in growing only corn and soybeans. After high school, Miller moved to the West Coast and discovered a whole new world of agriculture.

Meet Shelley Lewton: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Shelley Lewton enjoys working on small-acreage farms and creating community gardens. After several years working in elementary education, Lewton decided to begin an apprenticeship at the University of California, Santa Cruz to learn about organic farming, with hopes of beginning her own farm and ranch. She has a passion for helping people of limited income access healthy food and looks forward to actualizing her dreams. In her free time, Lewton enjoys hiking, swimming, and riding horses.

Congratulations Shelley!

Meet Sierra Madre Elementary School & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Sierra Madre Elementary School
Sierra Madre, California

Students created an organic enriched garden studying soil composition and composting methods. They collected scraps from the cafeteria to compost into rich soil. In addition, they incorporated other organic material to enrich the soil organically. Students also learned the importance of giving back to the environment and creating healthy environments.

Meet Sierra Torres & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

For Sierra Torres, growing up in a single parent household in New Orleans, a city where fresh food was not always accessible, it was not uncommon for the only vegetables on her family’s plates to be canned. Even though Torres has many fond childhood memories of her mother taking her out to her garden where she grew an assortment of flowers, herbs, and vegetables traditional to our home, it didn’t change the fact that, with her mother working long shifts at the hospital, there was little time and money to cook healthy meals with fresh vegetables.

Meet Sierra Torres & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Sierra Torres
Sierra Torres has a deep desire to return to her community where she knows how to affect the most change. Torres will finish her third and final year at university with a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture in 2019.

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