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Meet Jesse Cruz: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Jesse Cruz
Mira Costa Junior College, Horticulture – California

After graduating high school in New Jersey in 2003, Jesse enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He spent eight years in the Marine Corps from 2003-11, during which he served a six-month tour of duty in Iraq.

Meet Jessica Wong: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Jessica Wong
California Farm Academy, Beginning Farmer Training Program – California

Meet Jessie Maier: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Jessie Maier
Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon

Meet Jodi Lemmen: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Jodi Lemmen
Michigan

My family started a large vegetable garden two years ago, and it soon became my project. This past year, my neighbor allowed me to expand my garden at her house, doubling the size of my overall garden. Being in 4-H for 9 years has also helped me learn about business and following through on projects. This year I grew lettuce and kale and sold it to a local health food store. When the owner of the local store tried my lettuce and heard it was organic, she was so excited. She couldn't keep it on the shelf at the store.

Meet Jonathan Houser: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Jonathan Houser is a 26-year-old Navy submarine veteran who lives in Sparta, North Carolina, with his wife Hannah and daughter Sallie. They are expecting their second child this winter. Houser grew up on his grandfather’s tobacco and cattle farm, and the Houser family now owns Blue Feather Creek Farm, a small 30-acre farm that is home to sheep, chickens, and rabbits (so far). They also grow a variety of crops using sustainable methods without the use of synthetic chemicals.

Meet Joshua Dransfield: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Joshua Dransfield was born and raised on a dairy farm in Gap Mills, West Virginia. He graduated from James Monroe High School with honors in August 2015, where he played football and baseball and was a member of 4-H and FFA. During his FFA tenure, Dransfield was named the national first place at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Grasslands Contest in Missouri. He also represented his state as a member of the 2015 Dairy Judging Team, competing in Madison, Wisconsin, and Louisville, Kentucky.

Meet Joshue Sandoval: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Joshua Sandoval

Joshue Sandoval
Hartnell Community College and Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA), Farmer Education Program (PEPA) – California

Joshue Sandoval has lived in agricultural areas his whole life; he was born in Mexico and moved to Watsonville, California, at the age of five. He worked for four years in conventional and organic raspberries and for nine years at SunRidge Farms, including six years in the organic division where he supervised up to 40 employees.

Meet Juan Gonzalez: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Juan Gonzalez is a talented, skillful craftsman. Having once owned and operated a small automotive and construction business, he now aspires to be an organic farmer. Gonzalez is pursuing a career in organic agriculture because he cares about where his food comes from and how it's grown. He also recognizes that organic markets are expanding.

When Gonzalez isn’t volunteering his time to help friends with their farm, he looks for any opportunity to jump on a tractor. When possible, he takes time to walk his fields to look over his craftsmanship.

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