Does your child have an 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 and the natural world around them. We hope to inspire the next generation of local farmers and 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 and watch their efforts bear fruit. We are now accepting applications for 2020 as well as donations to the scholarship fund.
Applications are due by March 31, 2020 and donations are accepted throughout the year. For more information or to request a paper application, please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext. 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to the scholarship fund are accepted through out the year. Donations can be made by sending a check made out to CCCD to 11 Industrial Park Dr., Walpole, NH 03608. Please note that the check is a donation the the Scholarship Fund.
During his lifetime, Jeff Smith, a former member of the Monadnock Localvore Steering Committee, was an enthusiastic supporter of sustainability and local agriculture. He firmly believed in the connection of all living things, and 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 safe keeping during our lifetimes, to be passed along intact to future generations. With an eager and vibrant sense of life, his every activity was geared towards improving the lives of others and the environment through giving freely of his time and efforts. To keep alive that vision, the Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship Program was initiated in August 2009. The program’s purpose is to send children to an area farm camp to discover the inherent rewards that come from cultivating with one’s hands and heart.