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Meet Margaret Goolsby: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders.

Meet Mark O'Loughlin: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Mark O’Loughlin 
Archi’s Acres, Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training Program – California

Meet Mauricio Gonzalez: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Mauricio Gonzalez was born to a farming family in Puebla, Mexico, where he would help his father every day after school. Gonzalez immigrated to the United States in 1992 and worked picking strawberries and on crews working with broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuce between 1992-2004. Since 2004, he has been a manager in field production in these same crops.

Meet Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr.: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Anthony Boyd

Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr. 
Appalachian State University, Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture – North Carolina

Anthony Boyd grew up on the Catawba Indian Nation in South Carolina where he fell in love with nature, playing in the woods and streams of the reservation. There, he first felt his calling to be a steward of the earth.

Meet Michael Larson: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Michael Larson
Minnesota

I have been interested in greenhouse production since 2010. This past summer I began working at Honker Flats Greenhouse in order to gain more greenhouse production experience, and I also operated a small landscaping business for eight families. I have a small greenhouse that my parents got me for my birthday, and I also lease greenhouse space from my school. Last year I was able to start 300 ornamental plants in these two spaces, which I sold to my community.

Meet Nathan Van Assen: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Nathan Van Assen
San Diego City College, Sustainable Agriculture – California

Nathan’s journey in this field started about seven years ago when he and his wife had the epiphany that they should be eating fresher foods. Since that time, Nathan has worked in the produce industry as a market stocker for four years, three of which have been exclusively with organic produce as a produce department clerk at Jimbo’s…Naturally! He also supports his wife as she runs her own organic and natural baby clothing business.

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