Meet Sean Beagle: 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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Sean Beagle
Sean Beagle 

University of Colorado, Biology - Colorado

Sean Beagle served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry from 2008-2012 and was deployed twice to Afghanistan as an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines.

In June of 2012, he received an honorable discharge, and began studying at Delaware County Community College using his GI Bill benefits. That summer, Sean volunteered at Henry Got Crops, an urban farm in northern Philadelphia that grows produce for a local co-op and educates high school students on practices of organic farming.

Inspired by his time at Henry Got Crops, Sean moved to Colorado where he is currently completing a B.S. of Biology at the University of Colorado, Denver. As a biology major, he is gaining a deeper understanding of the effects that human activities have on local ecosystems and the planet as a whole. Sean is also completing a certificate of Sustainable Urban Agriculture though which he interns at a local vegetable greenhouse, and he also recently received a Certificate of Controlled Environment Agriculture through an initiative put together by Veterans to Farmers. 

Sean believes that the philosophy of the responsible farmer should be to reduce his footprint on the environment while producing healthy, nutrient-rich food, and he plans to use his education to promote the science-based practices of organic agriculture. Sean’s career goal is to work for an organic agricultural greenhouse as the head grower and in time to use his own organic greenhouse farm as a place of education for teaching children about where food comes from and about the benefits of growing organically.

Congratulations Sean!

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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