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Sambrailo Packaging Partners with CCOF to Benefit the Future Organic Farmer Grant

As a gesture of solidarity, Sambrailo Packaging will donate a portion of sales from their recently-launched Go Greener!™ clamshells to CCOF in support of the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund. This fund aids kindergarten through eighth grade, high school, and vocational and higher education students in their journey to become organic farmers.

Spotlight on Bonterra Organic Vineyards

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Photo courtesy Sara Matthews

Spotlight on: Organic Valley

The CCOF Foundation supports students and teachers of organic agriculture across the United States. Since 2014, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has distributed over $500,000, impacting over 33,000 teachers and students. Our support for the next generation of organic producers is made possible by the generous support of our partners.

The Benefits of Supporting the CCOF Foundation

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Photo: Haleigh Jones, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student, Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund grant recipient
 
You may have heard of the CCOF Foundation or our Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund or Organic Training Institute.

The Future Farmer You Would Have Met at Expo West

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Typically, Natural Products Expo West follow-up happens mid-March, with connections blossoming in the springtime and coming to fruition later in the summer. In February, the CCOF Foundation team was excited to travel to attend Climate Day at Expo West and co-host a lovely cocktail hour in partnership with the UNFI Foundation. While we never got to host our event in Anaheim, we regret more that we never got to introduce one of our very special Future Organic Farmer grant recipients, Katie Doonan.

The Story of One Hawaiian Farmer, Lehia Apana

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In a recent interview, Lehia Apana, multi-year Future Organic Farmer grant recipient and co-founder of Polipoli Farms on Maui, Hawaii, recalled her struggle identifying as an organic farmer. Despite using agroforestry and applying organic methods on the farm for many years, Apana speaks of having imposter syndrome and wondering when she and co-founder Brad Bayless could call themselves farmers. Their journey is not unlike that of other young farmers across the United States or even of young professionals in the first five years of their careers.

Where Are They Now? Frey Vineyards After the 2017 California Wildfires

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“We are lucky to be alive, and to still be in business,” says Katrina Frey, executive director of Frey Vineyards.

Why Chino Valley Ranchers Supports CCOF's Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Applications are officially open for the CCOF Foundation’s 2018 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund in the K-8 and higher education categories! We receive hundreds of applications each year from qualified candidates across the United States. Our work would not be possible without the support of companies like Chino Valley Ranchers. Read about why they support the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund.

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