Applications for the 2020 Historic Lewes Farmers Market scholarship program are due no later than Dec. 13.
Several $400 scholarships will be awarded to small Delmarva farmers to attend sustainable farming conferences, including these conferences in the mid-Atlantic: the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Annual Farming for the Future Conference, held Feb. 5-8, 2020, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Future Harvest CASA Conference, held Jan. 16-18, 2020, in College Park, Maryland; and similar conferences such as the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference, held Jan. 28-30, 2020, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
These conferences draw farmers interested in education about sustainable agriculture practices from a broad section of the East Coast, mid-Atlantic and the South with similar growing conditions to the Delmarva. For more about the conferences, visit pasafarming.org, futureharvestcasa.org and mafvc.org.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market has established an emerging women farmers’ scholarship fund in memory of Debra Schaefer, a sustainable farmer in Frankford who died in August 2016. It was her family’s wish that this scholarship be established in her memory. On the application, indicate if applying for one of the Debra Schaefer Scholarships.
To be eligible for the scholarships, the Delmarva farmer must currently be developing a sustainable farming enterprise, or currently farming, on the Delmarva; must currently operate a small farm — low sales — as defined by the Economic Research Service for the U.S. Department of Agriculture: less than $350,000 gross in agricultural sales, on the Delmarva, or be able to demonstrate financial need to attend this conference; must currently be a farmer/grower who sells what they grow, raise or produce on their own farm — a farmer/grower may be a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a corporation and shall include family members and employees who assist in the production and/or sales/marketing of the farm products; and must commit to attend the HLFM farmer’s workshop held in the spring and share at the conference to disseminate this information to other farmers.
For applications, call 644-1436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All scholarship applicants will be notified of awards by Jan. 6, 2020.