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Meet Janice Fama & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Janice Fama ran a farm for seven years on remediated soil, where she grew and sold organic fruit, vegetables, annuals, perennials, and organic eggs. Fama wants to pursue a career in organic agriculture because she believes restoring the valuable microenvironment of the soil is one of the most important challenges of our time. She believes that revitalizing and restoring our farmland is crucial to continue to feed people globally. The more Fama learns about organic sustainable practices, the more she feels the need to teach people of all walks of life how to grow their own food.

Meet Jaynie Miller: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Jaynie Miller grew up in rural Michigan, where she spent much of her time outdoors, leading her to develop a deep love of the natural world. Later, as a college student in sustainability studies in the Sierra Nevada mountains, she discovered organic agriculture while volunteering one Saturday morning on a small farm. While peeling garlic on the farm, she had what she describes as her first and only major epiphany, realizing that farming could be a career that provides a meaningful bridge between modern life and the natural world. She has been farming ever since.

Meet Jennie Wagner: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Jennie Wagner

Jennie Wagner
North Carolina State University, Plant and Soil Science with an Agroecology Minor – North Carolina

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 Bahr & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

I plan to begin an FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project raising organic vegetables. I work for a produce grower who attends farmers’ markets and I have seen how well organically produced vegetables sell. I selected a 100'x60' area at my parent's home for my organic garden. I know a lot about growing vegetables because of my employment and they have agreed to let me sell my produce at their seven farmers’ market locations.

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 Jesus Alcauter & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Jesus Alcauter
Jesus Alcauter’s father was a vegetable farmer for many years in Michoacán, Mexico, growing corn, tomatoes, squash, and other crops. He instilled a love of farming and rural life in Alcauter, and even though he spent most of his childhood in Mexico City, his family would spend as much time in the countryside as possible. 
 
Three years ago, Alcauter purchased his first ranch in Central Texas, where he and his wife raise chickens and goats.

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.

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