Blog posts by Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed

Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, February 27, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Growing up, Sierra Torres' mother never failed to come home after working all day to cook dinner for herself and her two brothers. She cherished the sense of community eating together brought to her family and the way it seemed to unite them. It is this feeling of comfort and warmth while cooking and eating with the people you love that has inspired Torres to do everything she can to make her community a healthy and sustainable place through food and agriculture. After spending four years working in the food industry–working in wide variety of roles from a line cook to a farm hand–she has...
Written by Josaphine Stevenson on Monday, February 20, 2017 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Akello Karamoko has always had a green thumb. He planted his first apple tree when he was 11 years old and sold peppermint and sage at his church at the age of 13. Farming as a career path was not on the minds of many of the children Karamoko grew up with in Detroit, Michigan, but he sought out programs to learn how to grow, plant, harvest, and sell his own organic crops. He participated in agricultural programs, including 4-H Gardens with Dr. Wesley Godfrey, Keep Growing Detroit's Urban Agriculture Youth Apprenticeship, the Food Warrior Program with Detroit Black Community Food Security...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 14, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Lyle McDonaldVeteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training program – California After graduating high school, Lyle McDonald joined the United States Marine Corps, during which time he was deployed to Iraq for seven months and to Afghanistan for seven months. After leaving the Marine Corps he, like other veterans, wasn't prepared for what the civilian world had planned for him. The worst feeling in the world is being told that the skills he had acquired in the Marine Corps did not transfer into a job in the civilian world. Lyle’s family in the Philippines are sugar cane farmers, and although...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 7, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jessie MaierRogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon In 2012 Jessie graduated from Ohio State University (OSU) with a degree in animal science. Jessie grew up in the suburbs, so in order to get more experience in agriculture, she worked at OSU's beef and sheep operation and as a research assistant in ruminant nutrition. Subsequently, she volunteered at OSU’s student vegetable farm, an aquaculture lab, and at Stratford Ecological Center, an educational organic farm, and took OSU’s course in management-intensive grazing. After these experiences, Jessie knew her passion lay in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 30, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Sunyoung Yang University of California, Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship – California Sunyoung Yang is a 33 year old Korean woman who became politicized around global and ecological justice issues from indigenous farmers in Latin America. She worked on policy advocacy that intersects civil rights, transportation justice, environmental justice, and climate change work in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally including on the UN level. Much of her inspiration to become a farmer and work with farmers around the world came from this initial...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 23, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Jessica Wong California Farm Academy, Beginning Farmer Training Program – California Jessica Wong grew up in San Francisco and then moved to Berkeley for college, and as such had very little experience with farming and dirt until recently. At Berkeley she became interested in insects, which turned into an interest in integrated pest management and biological control, which turned into an interest in agroecology. This all influenced her decision to learn more about farming practices and food systems, and it was then that her passion for farming was sparked. She is currently participating in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 16, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


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....
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 9, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Austen Villacis Farmshare Austin’s FarmerStarter Program – Texas Austen Villacis developed his interest in organic food in 2012, when his mom, who was 45 at the time, was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Up until that point, his family's diet had mostly consisted of processed and conventionally-raised foods. Along with his mom and older sister, Austin began researching food as both a mode of prevention and medicine. The whole family changed their diets drastically and began making thoughtful food choices based on quality. Organic produce became a huge focus for them. In the years...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, November 2, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Nathan Van Assen San Diego City College, Sustainable Agriculture – California Nathan’s journey in this field started about seven years ago when he and his wife had the epiphany that they should be eating fresher foods. Since that time, Nathan has worked in the produce industry as a market stocker for four years, three of which have been exclusively with organic produce as a produce department clerk at Jimbo’s…Naturally! He also supports his wife as she runs her own organic and natural baby clothing business. Nathan aspires to be a produce buyer, a data expert for farms on consumer products,...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 26, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Kristen TippitEarthDance Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program – Missouri Kristen Tippit is a 31 year old mother of two (soon to be three!) who loves running, singing, graffiti art, being outside, and laughing with her husband, Chris. She has degrees in Spanish and creative writing, but has worked in women's health and health education for the past nine years. Kristen currently works in the HIV field coordinating a program for people who have been lost to medical care. Her work has focused on testing and prevention of STIs and HIV among urban minorities, and case management and health...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 19, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Joshua Sandoval

Joshue SandovalHartnell Community College and Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA), Farmer Education Program (PEPA) – California Joshue Sandoval has lived in agricultural areas his whole life; he was born in Mexico and moved to Watsonville, California, at the age of five. He worked for four years in conventional and organic raspberries and for nine years at SunRidge Farms, including six years in the organic division where he supervised up to 40 employees. Joshue’s dream is to start an organic family farm in the Watsonville area where he has access to land. He believes in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 12, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Mark O’Loughlin Archi’s Acres, Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training Program – California Mark O’Loughlin was born in Independence, Iowa, where he was raised on a beef and dairy farm. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1982 and served for 30 years in the Marine Corps Infantry as an infantry instructor and a drill instructor. He retired in 2012 as the Sergeant Major for the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton. Since retiring from the Marine Corps, Mark has worked as the Vice President of Military Affairs for PsychArmor Institute and as the Founder/CEO of Validated...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 5, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Justin Moran Rogue Farm Corps FarmsNext Internship Program – Oregon Justin's interest in agriculture was ignited through a year of European Voluntary Service in Turkey, where he built an environmental education center and helped launch the second organic marketplace in the country, after which he lived and worked at a pioneering ecovillage and a biodynamic farm in the United Kingdom. These experiences strongly influenced his understanding of agricultural principles such as considering the farm as a living organism, building fertility on-farm, and integrating practices that move towards long-...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 21, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Daniel Donate Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Agribusiness – California Born and raised in Salinas, California, Daniel has been surrounded by agriculture his whole life. It was in Salinas that his parents made a living as laborers, but before coming to the United States, they tended their own lands in Mexico and grew strawberries as their primary crop. As a child, Daniel was enrolled in a children’s development program that gave him greater insight into the agricultural industry and left a lasting impression on him. His interest in agriculture wasn’t sparked again until after high school when he...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, September 14, 2015 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - Vocational & Higher Ed, future organic farmers


Adriana Murguia University of California, Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies Major with a Concentration in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems – California Adriana grew up in San Bernardino county outside of the greater Los Angeles area, and was introduced to food systems once she started attending UC Santa Cruz. She aspires to pursue a career in organic agriculture because both Latinos and women make up the majority of agricultural workforce in California, yet are significantly underrepresented in administrative positions in agriculture and in political decision-making. Her motivation in...

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