Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Growing Future Organic Farmers

The United States is facing an epidemic shortage of farmers. Among the challenges to meet the rising demand for organic products that are healthy for both people and the planet is the need for new organic farmers and entrepreneurs. Meet the past grant recipients.

The CCOF Foundation gives Future Organic Farmer Grants in three categories:

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
The Look at Agriculture… Organically! grantsAg in the Classroom
$1,000 grants awarded to 20 schools through a partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

This grant cycle will open April 1, 2016.

FFAHigh School
Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) projects with FFA
$1,000 grants available for 20 individuals through a partnership with Future Farmers of America (FFA)

This grant program will reopen September 2015.

  • Applicants must currently be in grades 7-12
  • Applicants must be current Future Farmers of America (FFA) members planning to do a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • Proposed SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project must follow organic production standards of the USDA. Applicants must be current FFA members planning to do a SAE project
  • Applications will be available through the national FFA in September 2015

Vocational and Higher Education
Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally
$2,500 grants for 20 individuals

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund vocational and higher education grants are available for students enrolled in educational programs that will benefit their future careers in organic production or in becoming an organic professional. This grant cycle will open April 1, 2016.

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund makes grants to students attending a program that fits into one of three categories:

  • Vocational training/certificate programs: Six-week to two-year technical hands-on training/apprenticeship programs focused on agricultural production.
  • Junior college/two-year degrees: Colleges offering courses for two years beyond high school, either as a complete training or in preparation for completion at a four-year college.
  • Bachelor’s/four-year undergraduate degrees: Degree programs at a college or university in undergraduate studies. This grant program is not open to graduate students.

To learn more about the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, please contact us at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263.


Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Partners

These organic businesses and community leaders are helping the CCOF Foundation change the way the world eats!

Clif Bar Family Foundation Driscoll's Frontier Co-op
INFRA National Co+op Grocers Organic Valley's FAFO Fund
The Schiermeyers UNFI Foundation