Meet Margaret Goolsby: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

The CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among organic industry leaders.

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. Visit our blog each week to meet another 2015 Future Organic Farmer Grant winner.

Margaret Goolsby
University of California, Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship – California

Growing food is Margaret Goolsby’s passion. Her grandfather was an organic farmer, and she grew up helping her scientist father grow concord grapes, tomatoes, peas, and sunflowers in their backyard. Margaret is currently studying organic farming at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Before attending CASFS, she worked for over 15 years developing agricultural cooperative businesses, managing programs, and teaching. She trained Tanzanian and South African famers, organized a credit union, managed a farmers’ market, and worked on organic vegetable farms. Margaret’s goal is to own a cooperatively-run organic vegetable farm and develop a line of organic products.

Congratulations Margaret!

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