Meet Rhyne Cureton & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

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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Rhyne Cureton
Rhyne Cureton was born in rural Monroe, North Carolina but has lived most of his life in the metropolitan city of Charlotte, North Carolina. His family is two generations removed from agriculture. Cureton attends North Carolina A&T State University as a senior agricultural education major with a concentration in extension and professional services.
Although Cureton did not have much exposure to agriculture as a child, his love for nature and the outdoors was very evident, solidifying a strong appreciation of nature at an early age. He realized a great disconnect between agriculture and nature while under the land-grant university system that strongly promoted agriculture that views conservation as an afterthought rather than a priority. He decided to take a gap year and learn more about organic-based agriculture. While on his gap-year, Cureton worked for several farms in Texas and North Carolina, raising livestock on pastures, selling and marketing in farmers’ markets, and collaborating with local food systems.
During the summer, Cureton serves as an international agricultural educator in East Africa. While there he teaches farmers how to manage swine nutrition, utilize swine for soil fertility, develop farm biosecurity protocols, and assess the health of their swine herd. He tailors his efforts to the needs of the farmers and collaborates with them to formulate sound and efficient farm management solutions.
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