Meet Lauren Spencer & 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.

Lauren Spencer
Lauren Spencer is a student in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the University of Kentucky with a major in career and technical education agricultural education teaching accreditation program with minors in sustainable agriculture and ag economics, and she will be graduating in Spring 2019. She is a participant in the UK Horticulture Club, has completed the 200-hour working apprenticeship on UK Horticulture Research Farm, and is currently working on her startup cut flower business. After graduation she plans to teach high school youth as an agriculture educator while continuing to expand her business, Brownings.
 
“The path to becoming a first generation of anything is not an easy one,” Spencer explains. “To become a farmer, a female entrepreneur, first to graduate college, a military veteran—these decisions have shaped my character and altered my life path. I am proud to represent that niche that consists of these non-traditional minority students. Many thanks to the CCOF for this incredible grant that acknowledges the power of organic growing.” 
 
Congratulations Lauren!
 
Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grants.

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