Consumer education is a powerful tool. Research indicates that more than 85 percent of U.S. households buy organic, and yet there is still marketplace confusion about why organic is healthier for eaters, farmers, and environments.
Plant People, an organic hemp, CBD, and mushroom supplement company, shares CCOF’s vision of a world where organic is the norm. They are a Certified B Corp; they are climate neutral, and they incorporate charitable giving as an inherent part of their business model. As if that wasn’t cool enough, they also plant a tree for every product sold. “Plant People is unlocking centuries of botanical intelligence to create unique and innovative formulas that reconnect us to our true nature.
Anthony Garcia believes community is the centerpiece to creating a vibrant, productive, and inclusive food system. That’s why he has embarked on an educational journey to learn a multifaceted and practical way of farming. Garcia first studied agricultural economics at Cornell and then decided he also wanted hands-on experiences to diversify his skill set. Beginning as an intern on a 5-acre organic farm, he has continued to expand his knowledge and educational goals to become a skilled and effective organic farmer–educator.
Interested in getting involved in organic agriculture? Brady Kazmier, Future Organic Farmers grantee, urges, “Do it. Dive in and don’t look back. Education in organic agriculture is extremely extensive, and the possibilities are near endless. The amount of good you can do is astonishing. We can bring upon a revolution to be better to our planet through organic agriculture.” And that is exactly what Kazmier intends to do.
Stephen Williamson, co-Founder of Forager Project, recently spoke with Michelle Courtright, agriculture and food writer based out of Austin, Texas. In the interview with Courtright, Williamson says, “I think people should embrace the idea that they might want to really think about where their food comes from, how it’s made, and who are the people behind it.” We couldn’t agree more!
CCOF Foundation supporter Tanimura & Antle recently announced the exciting acquisition of Green City Growers, a Certified B Corp corporation aimed at providing customers with the tools, infrastructure, and education necessary to grow organic produce at home. Despite the geographic distance between the two companies’ headquarters in Salinas, California and Boston, Massachusetts, Tanimura & Antle and Green City Growers couldn’t be closer in their shared values.
After 13 years of working in the fields processing lettuce, Celsa Coronel decided it was time for a change.
The Clif Bar Family Foundation, a longtime Champion-level supporter of the CCOF Foundation’s Future Organic Farmer program, is no stranger to organic advocacy. Those familiar with Clif Bar know of its many investments in the future of the industry.
Like many in the CCOF-certified farming community, Sunview Vineyards is a multigenerational, family-run operation. As a longtime supporter of the CCOF Foundation, Sunview is committed to reinvesting resources into future organic producers. Sunview’s founder, Marko Zaninovich, emigrated from Yugoslavia to the United States and began Sunview Vineyards. Over the years, many of Sunview’s farm professionals have come from Mexico, but a small portion came from Yemen, fleeing political turmoil in their homeland.
In 2020, the CCOF Foundation was one of the first nonprofits to receive a grant from Seth Goldman’s new snack company, Eat the Change. Eat the Change Impact (ETC Impact) is the charitable arm of the company.