Historic Lewes Farmers Market Awards Five Scholarships to Local Farmers

Historic Lewes Farmers Market Awards Five Scholarships to Local Farmers

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) is very pleased to announce that it has awarded five scholarships to Delmarva farmers.  Each scholarship provides $500 to enable these farmers to attend conferences devoted to sustainable agriculture.

The HLFM provides these scholarships, as it has for the past nine years, to further its mission of promoting and strengthening sustainable farming through education and public outreach. Recognizing the importance of sustainable agriculture to the community, individual donors have again generously stepped forward to contribute to the HLFM scholarship fund.  If patrons are interested in contributing to the HLFM’s scholarship fund, they can email historiclewesfarmersmarket@comcast.net or call 302-644-1436.

Three recipients have attended the Future Harvest CASA Conference PASA held January 14-16, 2016 in College Park, MD.  Future Harvest CASA provides education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities and cities.

One recipient will attend the PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) held February 3-6, 2016 in State College, PA. PASA  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the economic viability and environmental soundness of the local food and agricultural systems.  PASA assists working farmers concerned with the ecological wellbeing of the environment and natural resources.

One scholarship recipient has attended the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, GA  held January 7-10, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia.  The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is the largest  educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors and suppliers. Through more than 80 hours of educational sessions, attendees  will participate in educational sessions on  food safety concerns, specific commodity issues on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies.

The 2016 recipients of the HLFM scholarships are: Lisa Garfield, Calliope Farm; Kathleen Moss, Mossflower Cottage, Debbie Schaefer, Into the Soil Farm, Charlotte Magee, Magee Farms and Niamh Shortt.

Consistent with its mission, the Board of Directors of the HLFM is committed to supporting farmers and emerging farmers who grow local fruits, vegetables and produce –a “real” farmers market.

More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org and on Facebook. Questions?  Email: historiclewesfarmersmarket@comcast.net or call 302-644-1436.