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Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Camp

During his lifetime, Jeff Smith 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 Camp Scholarship Program was initiated in August 2009.

This program aims to send local youth to an area farm camp to discover the inherent rewards that come from cultivating with one’s hands & heart.


Applications for 2024 Have Closed

Does your child have interest in farms or gardening?
Would they like to explore these interests this summer?


The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Camp Scholarship endeavors to connect young people with agriculture & the natural world. This scholarship seeks to inspire the next generation of local farmers & local food supporters, by giving regional children an opportunity, through summer camp, 4-H programs, or membership to NOFA NH, to experience sustainable farming practices first-hand & watch their efforts bear fruit.

We are now accepting applications for 2024 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 x4 or

We hope to accommodate as many children as funding can allow. 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.

Interested and Ready to Apply?

Applications for 2024 Have Closed

Review the application and confirm that you meet all eligibility requirements prior to submission: 

2024 Application [PDF] [Word]

Submit Your Application via E-mail or Mail To:

11 Industrial Park Dr. Walpole, NH 03608

For E-mail applications, please include

"JPS Farm Camp Scholarship Application" in the subject line!

Completed 2024 Applications are due March 31, 2024!


For further information, please contact 603-756-2988 x4 / If emailing, please include "JPS Scholarship" in the subject line.

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Thank you to our Funders!

This program would not be possible without the funding support of the You Have Our Trust Fund of Fidelity Charitable. Matching donations provided by the Cheshire County Farm Bureau, Keene Elm City Rotary Club, Keene Lions Club, and the generosity of community members.


If you would like to make a donation to support future funding of the scholarship, please do so here!

Donations to the fund may also be made by mail, checks can be made payable to "CCCD" and addressed to 11 Industrial Park Dr., Walpole, NH 03608. Please include “JPS Farm Camp Scholarship” in the memo line. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated and make a difference!

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