Meet Justin Moran: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

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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. 

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Justin Moran
Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon

Justin's interest in agriculture was ignited through a year of European Voluntary Service in Turkey, where he built an environmental education center and helped launch the second organic marketplace in the country, after which he lived and worked at a pioneering ecovillage and a biodynamic farm in the United Kingdom. These experiences strongly influenced his understanding of agricultural principles such as considering the farm as a living organism, building fertility on-farm, and integrating practices that move towards long-term social, ecological, and economic sustainability.

After emigrating from the U.K. to Portland, Oregon, in 2014, he worked his first full season as an intern at the urban educational non-profit Zenger Farm. This gave him a broad introduction to the practicalities of production farming, helping build a new network, and confirming his desire to enter into farming full-time.

The connections he made at Zenger Farm led Justin to join the South Willamette chapter of Rogue Farm Corps's FarmsNext program, where he is excited to be part of a vibrant local food economy. He is currently learning the art and craft of market farming with draft horse power at Ruby & Amber's, a certified biodynamic and organic farm in Oregon. Justin intends to continue this training, while also pursuing a path towards land and seed stewardship by participating in Seed Academy training this fall.

Congratulations Justin!

Please join us in congratulating the vocational and higher education recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grants.


Today, less than 1% of America’s farmland is organic, and farmers who want to transition their land face a long and costly process. Hear from CCOF's CEO Kelly Damewood about what we're doing to address this challenge:

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