Meet Renee Zavas & 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.

A plant and animal lover by nature, Renee Zavas grew up in Northern California surrounded by animals. Her interaction with animal during her upbringing ranged from raising pigs for 4-H, to helping her dad with their emus and horses. 
Zavas moved to Santa Cruz to attend college and was lucky enough to enroll in Cabrillo College’s associate degree program for horticulture, where her passion for plants grew and she began to have a better understanding of the importance of organic farming techniques and the need for education on food justice and sovereignty.
Today, Zavas is finishing her final year in the environmental studies agroecology program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She hopes to continue her education in agroecology and obtain her license as a Pest Control Advisor and is excited about the possibility of working to promote organic forms of Integrated Pest Management.    
Congratulations Renee!
Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the CCOF Foundation’s 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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