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Meet John Gove & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

John Gove
John Gove grew up on a small, diverse vegetable farm and will be the seventh generation of his family to take it over. Throughout his first year studying horticultural science, vegetable and fruit production, and sustainability at Michigan State University, Gove’s eyes were opened to organic farming.

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 & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Joshua Dransfield plans to pursue a B.S. degree focusing on organic dairy production. He attends the University of West Virginia, which has a certified organic farm, a conventional dairy, and is very supportive of Dransfield’s decision to continue on his family's farm. He believes that small family farms offer dairymen and women an opportunity to make a good income doing honest work. 

Meet Joshua Dransfield & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Joshua Dransfield
Joshua Dransfield’s future career goals include operating Windspring Organic Dairy farm and increasing the farm’s herd and production to be competitive in an area of the country where it is difficult to find a vendor for the product, especially for small herds. Currently, Dransfield and his family milk 35 cows, with about 50 young stock. There is a natural spring on the farm’s mountain land, which provides the farm’s water supply. Dransfield believes it is important to protect the land and water while producing a high-quality product for consumers to enjoy.

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 Joshua Wiemer & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Joshua Wiemer
Joshua Wiemer’s goal is to continue working on his family’s organic dairy farm after graduating college and purchase it from his parents when they retire. Wiemer’s experience growing up on a farm, working with his parents and siblings, taking care of the animals, planting and harvesting crops, and being involved with the environment made him realize he wants to work in agriculture as a career. His decision to become a farmer was reinforced when Wiemer took over daily operations for while his father recovered from double knee replacement surgery.

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.

Meet Julia Reese & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Julia Reese
Julia Reese was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. Growing up, she spent a significant amount of time working with her dad in organic fruit and nut orchards. She gained an appreciation for the industry and decided she wanted to be involved in it in the future. 
Reese currently attends the University of Idaho, where she studies agricultural systems management and civil engineering.


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