For 15 years, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) has awarded scholarships to small-scale Delmarva farmers to attend sustainable farming conferences including the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Annual Farming for the Future Conference, the Future Harvest CASA Conference, the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference, and others.
This year, the HLFM awarded four scholarships.
A scholarship from the regular scholarship fund went to Craig Brady of Stag Run Farm, Georgetown, Delaware.
In 2016, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market established an emerging women farmers’ scholarship fund in loving memory of Delaware farmer Debra L. Schaefer. This year, three farmers received a Debra L. Schaefer Scholarship for Emerging Women Farmers: Jenny Dittmar, Dittmar Family Farms, Felton, Delaware; Talon Holleman, R.O.O.T.S Youth Development, Georgetown, Delaware; and Dani Winters, Winters Farm Florals, Salisbury, Maryland.
Consistent with its mission, the Board of Directors of the HLFM is committed to supporting farmers and emerging farmers who grow local fruits, vegetables, produce, and other foods. These scholarships help small Delmarva farmers become better educated about sustainable farming practices.
For more information about the Historic Lewes Farmers Market and their farmers’ scholarship program, visit their website at historiclewesfarmersmarket.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 302-644-1436.