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Monadnock Localvores
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 local youth 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 they 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, 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 2023 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.3011 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.

Applications for 2023 are open!

Applications are due March 31, 2023!


Click here for the 2023 Mail-In Application & Camp Listings


Submit Your Application via E-mail or Mail To:

11 Industrial Park Dr. Walpole, NH 03608

For E-mail applications, please include

"JPS Farm Scholarship Application" in the subject line!


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 other generous donors. 

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