Meet Hailey Hughes & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

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The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. 

Find out how to apply for your own Future Organic Farmer Grant.

Learn more about supporting the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund through a donation.

Hailey Hughes is a senior at Michigan State University studying sustainable and organic horticulture. Hughes is passionate about the health of our land, ecosystems and communities. Like many young farmers today, she does not come from a farming background. Instead, Hughes is going to school, working on farms, and doing her own research. In the summer of 2016, Hughes worked her first season at Providence Organic Farm in northern Michigan and fell in love with farming. 
 
Eventually, she hopes to open her own small organic diversified vegetable farm using a CSA and farmers’ market model. Hughes’ experience with farming has shown her that farming is one of the most difficult, rewarding, and important careers out there. She is honored to be a part of the ecological food movement, and to have received Future Organic Farmer grant to help her along the way.
 
Congratulations Hailey!
 
Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.
 

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