Blog posts by Jessy Beckett Parr

Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 2, 2019 on advocacy, CCOF Foundation, education, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, future organic farmers


Celsa Ortega

This season of giving, I’d like to ask you to consider a gift to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund through an incredible matching opportunity in partnership with Patagonia Action Works. Your gift will be doubled, resulting in changed lives such as that of Celsa Ortega. Thirteen years ago, Celsa was living in her home community in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her family farmed there without added chemicals, using integrated natural systems to promote healthy soil and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. When she immigrated to the United States, Celsa never imagined she could have her own organic farm...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 8, 2019 on food safety, general organic, grower


foodsafety

CCOF received a NIFA Food Safety Outreach grant in 2017 to provide Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) required Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) compliant trainings and technical assistance for small scale, organic, and Spanish speaking farmers in California. In collaboration with partner organizations Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) and the California Center for Cooperative Development, CCOF conducted eight trainings and two webinars between January 2018 and January 2019. Project Results192 attendees received FSMA PSA training throughout California from 2017-2019.51...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, December 17, 2018 on CCOF, CCOF Foundation, events


OGS 2018

The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) held last week at the Monterey Conference Center was a resounding success! With close to 800 participants, the show featured a well-rounded trade show, talks on cutting edge organic technology, and a fabulous dinner benefiting the CCOF Foundation.   OGS co-founders, Tonya Antle and Matt Seeley, presented the CCOF Foundation a donation of $35,000 to support the Foundation’s work to educate and support organic producers.  Thaddeus Barsotti, a CCOF board member, was awarded the Grower of the Year award. Barsotti was selected based on his ongoing commitment and...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, October 31, 2016 on Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

For the last three years, CCOF and partners have sponsored grants through the National FFA for students to conduct organic Supervised Agricultural Experience grants. There are 33 grants of $1,000 available for students in grades 7 through 11. Quality applications have a good possibility of being funded. Applications are made available through the National FFA Organization (FFA) and are due November 15, 2016. Previous recipient Rachel Stanley used her grant to install an organic edible landscape, and Jonathan Noblitt received a grant to cultivate organic mushrooms. Other students have raised...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, August 22, 2016 on education, events, livestock

Join CCOF to hear about the costs and benefits of organic certification at the Holistic Management International’s (HMI) Cultivating Community conference in Paicines, California, on October 16. The conference will offer thought-provoking presentations, on-the-ranch learning, unforgettable landscapes, and local, nutritious food. Some of the many topics include: Harnessing the power of livestock through holistic planned grazing; How holistic management benefits our agricultural entrepreneurs; and How to create profit in any business. Val Davis, CCOF’s farm program manager, will talk about how...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, June 6, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers

Brenda LopezArizona My Supervised Agricultural Experience plan is to raise organic laying hens for egg production. My plan is to only feed the chicks organic feed so they can be 100% organic instead of the typical non-organic corn-based fed hen. They will be raised in a healthy and hopefully predator-free environment to ensure they produce excellent quality eggs. They will not be given any type of antibiotics to "increase" the grading quality of the eggs or their production, because my main focus is to sell an organic product. I have already repaired the three chicken tractors at the high...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers

Jodi LemmenMichigan My family started a large vegetable garden two years ago, and it soon became my project. This past year, my neighbor allowed me to expand my garden at her house, doubling the size of my overall garden. Being in 4-H for 9 years has also helped me learn about business and following through on projects. This year I grew lettuce and kale and sold it to a local health food store. When the owner of the local store tried my lettuce and heard it was organic, she was so excited. She couldn't keep it on the shelf at the store. My Supervised Agricultural Experience plan is to expand...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 23, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers

Michael LarsonMinnesota I have been interested in greenhouse production since 2010. This past summer I began working at Honker Flats Greenhouse in order to gain more greenhouse production experience, and I also operated a small landscaping business for eight families. I have a small greenhouse that my parents got me for my birthday, and I also lease greenhouse space from my school. Last year I was able to start 300 ornamental plants in these two spaces, which I sold to my community. What makes my 2015 supervised agriculture experience project unique is that I want to experiment with using...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 16, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Stanley

Rachel StanleyTennessee I am passionate about urban agriculture and have a great support system as a result of my internship with Trevecca Nazarene University's Urban Farm. With my current area of land, I am hoping to research, design, plant, and manage an organic edible landscape based on permaculture principles. I plan on raising chickens, and building and planting an herb spiral with plants like pineapple mint and chives. I also plan on planting an organic vegetable garden that will have a range of vegetables, including corn, carrots, chard, cucumber, basil, beans, and lettuce. My goal is...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 9, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Are you a student of organic agriculture in a higher education or vocational learning program? Are you teaching kindergarten through eighth grade students? If so, May 15 is the deadline to submit your application for a grant to study or teach organic agriculture! K-8 teachers: Get funds to incorporate organic into your classroom’s project-based learning. Award Amount: Up to $1,000 Number of Awards: 30 Purpose of Award: The CCOF Foundation and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom administer the Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant program for K-8 teachers who teach...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 9, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Samano

Mariah SamanoCalifornia Littlerock High School Ag and Environmental Science Academy grows organic apples and peaches that we sell to our cafeteria to serve to the students at LHS, which inspired me to do my Supervised Agricultural Experience project. My SAE project will be to raise chickens and turkeys using only organic feeds and husbandry practices. I have raised market hogs and sheep, but I want to do something smaller and more sustainable. My adviser has informed me that raising organic poultry can be costlier than raising other crops, but I love to raise animals and I want to learn...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, May 2, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Noblitt

Jonathan NoblittMissouri My 2015 Supervised Agricultural Experience project will be growing different varieties of organic mushrooms. No one in my area has ever done an FFA project about mushrooms, so I think this makes my project unique. My dad, mom, and siblings were all involved in FFA, and I have already raised two beef cattle. With the proceeds from my livestock, I’ll start this mushroom business. I already have the wood for growing mushrooms, and will purchase the plugs in early spring. The mushrooms will be ready to harvest and sell in the summer. I plan to sell them at my local...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 25, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Interested in practicing or teaching organic agriculture, or know someone who is? Apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant! Grants are available nationally for K-8 teachers with organic classroom projects through the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, and for higher education and vocational students studying organic agriculture. Over the last two years, the CCOF Foundation and partners have given away $150,000 in grants to students and teachers of organic agriculture across the United States. The CCOF Foundation will be offering grants in three educational categories in...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 25, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Klinger

Abby KlingerPennsylvania I will be growing sunflowers in order to make an organic, preservative-free sunflower oil. This grant will help me purchase a hand-cranked oil press. Depending on the size of my crop, I may also roast the seeds for sale. I am going to trial this project in my family's garden. After a couple of seasons, I plan to rent a field from a local farmer to increase production. In addition to growing the sunflowers and making sunflower oil, I plan to educate people about the health benefits associated with organic sunflower oil. I will host two informational seminars on the...
Written by Jessy Beckett Parr on Monday, April 18, 2016 on CCOF Foundation, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund - FFA, future organic farmers


Gracie Lynn HauserWisconsin I currently grow vegetables in our small garden located on 13 acres of farmland. I am 16 years old, and my dad is a used car salesman and my mother teaches at a rural public school. I am involved in the FFA program and take courses in plant science, which allows me to work in our school’s two greenhouses and a high tunnel. My SAE plan is to construct a 12- by 24-foot greenhouse, start and grow organic plants, incorporate a two-acre garden and eventually begin a CSA in my town. This grant will provide the guts of my greenhouse, raised beds, and benches, along with...

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