Meet Lehia Apana & 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. 

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Lehia Apana
Lehia Apana and her husband own a three-acre property in Waiehu on the island of Maui. This small town is part of a larger area that was historically considered Maui's "breadbasket" because of its food abundance. When Apana and her husband purchased their property about one year ago, it was covered in eight-foot-tall guinea grass. As they cleared the land to prepare for farming, they were surprised and delighted to find that the traditional-style terraces used for growing kalo (taro) were still intact! As a Native Hawaiian, Apana understands that kalo is more than food—it’s identity. The Kumulipo, or Hawaiian creation chant, tells of Hāloanakalaukapalili, the stillborn son of Wākea (Sky Father) and Ho‘ohōkūkalani. From his grave grew a kalo plant, nourishing a second child to whom all Hawaiians trace their roots.
 
Congratulations Lehia!
 
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Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Partners

These organic businesses and community leaders are helping the CCOF Foundation advance organic agriculture for a healthy world.

Advisory Committee Members
UNFI FdnOrganic Valley's FAFO FundAnnie's
Bradmer FoodsClif Bar Family FoundationDriscoll's
 
Cultivators
Awe Sum OrganicsBlue Marble BrandsCapay Organic
Chino Valley RanchersDr. Bronner's
Duncan Family FarmsHeath & LejeuneINFRA
Lost Republic Distilling Co.Sun BasketTrue Organic Products
Wawona PackingWild Roots