Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

The CCOF Foundation, in collaboration with partner organizations UNFI Foundation, Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, Bradmer Foods, and National Cooperative Grocers Association will be making grants in three educational categories in 2014. Categories and requirements are below. To learn more about the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, please contact us at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263.

California Foundation for Agriculture in the ClassroomKindergarten through Eighth Grade:
The Look at Agriculture… Organically! Grants
$1,000 grants awarded to 10 schools through a partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

 

The Look at Agriculture… Organically! grants are available to California K-8 teachers for agricultural classroom projects that follow the production standards of the National Organic Program. This grant program will reopen in 2015. 

Future Farmers of AmericaHigh School:
Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience projects nationally
$1,000 grants available for 10 individuals through a partnership with Future Farmers of America (FFA)

  • 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 production standards of the National Organic Program
  • Applications will be available through the National FFA in fall 2014
  • Applications must be submitted with a postmark date no later than November 15, 2014
  • Funds will be made available in December 2014

Vocational and Higher Education:
Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally
$2,500 grants for at least 10 individuals

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund vocational and higher education grants are available for stuents enrolled in educational programs that will benefit their future careers in organic production or in becoming an organic professional. This grant program will reopen in 2015.

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

For further examples of all types of programs, please see the National Agricultural Library’s 2012 listing of Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture.