Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship
During his lifetime, Jeff Smith, a former member of the Monadnock Localvore Steering Committee, was an enthusiastic supporter of sustainability & local agriculture. He firmly believed in the connection of all living things, & stressed the importance of working in harmony with the systems of the universe. Seeing himself as a “steward” instead of an “owner” of the land, he felt the earth was entrusted to us for safekeeping during our life-times, to be passed along intact to future generations. With an eager & vibrant sense of life, his every activity was geared towards improving the lives of others & the environment through giving freely of his time & efforts.To keep alive that vision, the Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship Program was initiated in August 2009.
This program aims to send children to an area farm camp to discover the inherent rewards that come from cultivating with one’s hands & heart.
Does your child have interest in farms or gardening?
Would he or she like to explore these interests this summer?
The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship endeavors to connect young people with agriculture & the natural world. Through this scholarship, the Monadnock Localvores hope to inspire the next generation of local farmers & local food supporters, by giving regional children an opportunity, through summer camp, after school programs, or membership to NOFA NH, to experience sustainable farming practices first-hand & watch their efforts bear fruit.
We are now accepting applications for 2018 as well as donations to the scholarship fund. For more information, to request application material, or to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2017, 22 youths were awarded scholarships. We hope to accommodate as many children as funding can allow in 2018. If you are interested in receiving a paper copy, or a specified number of applications, please let us know and we would be happy to make them available.