Meet Sarah Wells: A CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer

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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.

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Sarah Wells
Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon

Sarah grew up in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon, which she left to study design at the University of San Francisco. While at USF, she created a project that helped bring fresh food to a corner store by making it a drop site for a local farm's CSA, taught a hands-on gardening class to elementary school students, and visited many different inspiring gardening projects around the Bay Area. Sarah also studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco, where she lived with a Moroccan family and was constantly fed fresh, delicious food. After graduating from USF, she became a worker/owner at Arizmendi Bakery, a worker cooperative in the Bay Area that focuses on serving healthy, organic products while empowering workers.

Following a year of living and eating in Lebanon and Jordan, Sarah is now enrolled in the FarmsNext program through Rogue Farm Corps and is interning at Rainshadow Organics in Central Oregon. She hopes to run a small-scale educational organic farm outside of Portland in the future and share delicious food with her community. Her market farm will both produce healthy, delicious foods and educate the public about the benefits and joys of organic farming. The farm will be community-oriented, with on-site cooking classes, introductory farming classes, and volunteer work days, all while highlighting the joys of cooking and sharing meals communally.

Congratulations Sarah!

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

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is made possible by the generous support of the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Driscoll’s, National Co+op Grocers, Organic Valley, Lauren and Eric Schiermeyer, and the UNFI Foundation. Thank you to these organizations for helping us inspire the next generation of organic farmers!


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