Ds Scholarship

Sustainable farming scholarship applications due Dec. 17

Delmarva farmers who wish to learn about sustainable practices and focus on growth for the local market can now apply for the Historic 2022 Lewes Farmers Market Scholarship Program.

Applications are due to be completed by Friday 17 December.

The market will offer a number of scholarships for the 2022 Sustainable Agriculture Conferences. Many virtual conferences, and in-person events may be subject to change. With proof of registration, you will be awarded up to $150 for virtual conferences and up to $500 for in-person conferences. One is allowed per farm.

The challenges of the food chain presented by the pandemic make these conferences particularly relevant at a time when the farming community is exploring how to make regional food systems more resilient.

These conferences in the Mid-Atlantic include: the Pennsylvania Annual Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for the Future, Tuesday, January 4, through Friday, January 28; CASA Future Harvest Conference, Thursday and Friday January 13 and 14; and the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Wednesday through Friday, February 1-3.

These conferences attract farmers and others in the farming community interested in education about sustainable farming practices from the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and South regions with similar growing conditions to the Delmarva Peninsula.

In 2016, the historic Lewis Farmers Market established a scholarship fund for emerging women farmers in memory of Debra Schaefer, who died that year. It was her family’s wish that this scholarship be established in loving memory of Debra, who was a sustainable farmer in Frankford. Applicants must indicate on the form whether they are targeting one of the Debra Schaefer Scholarships.

To be eligible for the scholarships, a Delmarva farmer must: develop a sustainable agricultural enterprise or cultivation in Delmarva; Currently operates a small farm (low sales) as defined by the USDA Economic Research Service (less than $350,000 total in agricultural sales) in Delmarva, or be able to demonstrate financial need to attend this conference; And to be currently a farmer/farmer who sells what they grow, raise or produce on their own farm. The farmer/farmer may be a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation, and must include family members and employees who assist in the production and/or sale/marketing of farm produce; And they must commit to sharing their experiences at a virtual workshop for HLFM growers that will take place in the spring.

For more information and to receive an order, call 302-644-1436 or email info@historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.

All scholarship applicants will be notified of the awards by Friday, January 7th.

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