Meet Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr.: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

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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Anthony Boyd

Michael Anthony Boyd, Jr. 
Appalachian State University, Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture – North Carolina

Anthony Boyd grew up on the Catawba Indian Nation in South Carolina where he fell in love with nature, playing in the woods and streams of the reservation. There, he first felt his calling to be a steward of the earth.

After graduating high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where he completed an A.A.S. in Chemical Technology at Cape Fear Community College and contributed to a water study funded by the National Science Foundation. He was also a research assistant on the North Carolina Muscadine Research Program and a horticulturist at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Anthony started growing heirloom plants and raising heritage livestock using agroecological methods and participating in workshops, farm tours, and conferences on many topics pertaining to organic agriculture. He moved to Boone, North Carolina and enrolled at Appalachian State University to further his knowledge and skills where his major is Sustainable Development – Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Sustainable Technology.

After graduation, Anthony will pursue a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology with the goal of farming organically and mentoring future generations of farmers. Anthony hopes to operate an organic farm that practices environmental stewardship, fosters community, and stimulates the local economy by providing wholesome food at a reasonable price and living wage jobs for the rural and urban poor. He plans to collaborate with community leaders to eliminate food deserts and reinvigorate local food systems, and promote events for organic farmers to network and share their skills and expertise with fellow farmers. His aim is to mentor the next generation of farmers through on-the-farm apprenticeships in ecological farming and teaching organic agriculture classes at a community college or university that offers degree programs and certificates for students interested in sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology, and sustainable business.

In his spare time, Anthony enjoys exploring the natural beauty and history of North Carolina’s High Country.

Congratulations Anthony!

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


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