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News from UNFI
Future Organic Farmer Grant Recipients Selected
Providence, RI -- Mar 05, 2014 -- The 2014 Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund has awarded $2,500 to ten students who have proved their commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture. Each recipient will apply the grant to the farm education program they are currently pursuing.

The UNFI Foundation and the CCOF Foundation, along with Driscoll's, Organic Valley and Bradmer Foods established the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, a first-of-its-kind collaboration, to support the education of new organic farmers, ranchers and food processors. The average age of a farmer in the US is approximately 60 years old and there are fewer of them entering the industry, which has created an epidemic shortage. The Fund was established to address this challenge by providing direct financial support to students who aspire to lead careers in organic agriculture.

2014 Future Organic Farmer Grant recipients:

(A short bio is also available for each recipient.)
  • Stephanie Ayoub, Michigan State University, Organic Farmer Training Program
  • Emily Barber, Washington State University, Organic Agricultural Systems
  • Carlos Cervantes, California State University, Fresno, Plant Science
  • Octavio Garcia, California State University, Fresno, Plant Science
  • Kristofor Ludvigson, Washington State University, Organic Agricultural Systems
  • Anna Mays, University of Vermont, Farmer Training Program
  • Fernando Mendez, Columbia Basin College, Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Eliza Milio, University of California, Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Farm & Garden Apprenticeship
  • Sarah Spear, Montana State University, Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems – Agroecology
  • Madeline Valentine, Michigan State University, Horticulture
Contributions to the 2015 Fund are now being accepted through the CCOF Foundation. If you would like to support young farmers, please contact ccoffoundation@ccof.org.