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Meet Our 2014 Vocational and Higher Education Grant Recipients

Stephanie Ayoub
Michigan State University, Organic Farmer Training Program

Meet Pacific Elementary School: A Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Recipient

Pacific Elementary School
Davenport, California

This March, we planted seven apple trees and one persimmon tree with transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, fifth, and sixth grade classes all taking part in the process. In November, we had CCOF board members visit for lunch and visit with our fifth and sixth grade classes. We purchased two citrus trees, fencing, irrigation and received a donated avocado tree. Our eventual goal is to have students harvest fruit for our student’s meal and snack program.

Meet Parvati Brown: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

Parvati Brown was born in a small farming community in Nepal, where age-old, animal-based organic farming practices endured for centuries. Within her lifetime she witnessed the dramatic shift toward the convenience of modern day synthetic chemical-based farming practices. Initially, the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides provided bigger yields from their fields than ever before. However, over the years this method had a negative impact on the overall health of the soil and the community.

Meet Pascal Brooks: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

For Pascal Brooks, the weekends with his father were often spent in the fields. Brooks’ father became a sort of pioneer in Oregon wine after starting his own small winery with specific biodynamic practices applied to the grapes. Brooks helped his father as a child, though he did not appreciate the business and ethos until later.

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 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.

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