Target: George Siemon, Chief Executive Officer of Organic Valley
Goal: Support educational programs to train the next generation to be environmentally-conscious organic farmers in America
Undoubtedly, the future of agriculture will depend upon organic farming, and the future of the world will depend upon our children and grandchildren. So what are we doing today to train the next generation of organic farmers for tomorrow?
America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, Organic Valley, recently organized its first Generation Organic Teach-In. Through the program, young organic farmers visited over 84 classrooms across the country, educating more than 1,825 elementary school students about the benefits of organic farming and food. The group planned the event in October in order to coincide with National Farm to School Month.
A group of young Organic Valley-affiliated farmers between the ages of 16 and 35 designed a group known as Generation Organic. These young people believe in the power of organic farming to change the world, and they’re not afraid to speak out about it. During the recent Teach-In, the Generation Organic farmers shared stories and photos about their family farms and led discussions about how they produce high-quality organic food. The farmers also planned fun and interactive activities to engage the kids, letting them milk a rubber udder and churn their own butter in the classroom.
Sign the petition below to thank Organic Valley for taking the first step towards a future of environmentally-responsible agriculture. Encourage these young farmers to lead the way to earth-friendly practices, safer food, and a sustainable world.
Dear Mr. Siemon,
As you know, America has lost approximately 4.7 million farms since 1935. Of the 2.1 million farms that remain, the average farmer’s age is 57. Organic Valley and Generation Organic are helping young people see organic farming as a viable and rewarding career option. And for this, we thank you.
Many city kids never dream of becoming produce and dairy farmers when they grow up, so we need organizations like yours to inform, educate, and inspire a new workforce. The American public is becoming more and more skeptical about genetically-modified food, so we need to train today’s children to produce the foods that will soon be in high demand.
I am urging you to work off of the momentum of the Generation Organic Teach-In and ramp up your training programs for America’s children. Please work with local school district leaders and nonprofit groups across the country to implement organic agriculture-based courses and after school programs.
[Your Name Here]
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