For 11 years, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market has awarded scholarships to small-scale Delmarva farmers to attend sustainable farming conferences. Eligible conferences in the Mid-Atlantic this year include: the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Annual Farming for the Future Conference set Feb. 7-10 in State College, Pa; Future Harvest CASA Conference held Jan. 11-13 in College Park, Md.; Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference set Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Hershey, Pa.; and the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, set April 25-27.
This year, scholarships were awarded to seven farmers. Scholarships from the regular fund went to: Lisa Garfield of Calliope Farm in Salisbury, Md.; Henry Bennett from Bennett Orchards in Frankford; Taylor Heydt, apprentice farmer in Lewes; Hattie Allen of Hattie's Garden in Lewes; and Hannah Grose of Oksana's Produce in Chestertown, Md.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market has established an emerging women farmers' scholarship fund in memory of Delaware farmer Debra Schaefer. These two farmers each received a Debra Schaefer Scholarship for Emerging Women Farmers: Nyambi Royster of the Lighthouse in Philadelphia and Crisanne Borman of Baywater Farm in Salisbury.
Consistent with its mission, the market’s board of directors is committed to supporting farmers and emerging farmers who grow local fruits, vegetables and produce. These scholarships help small Delmarva farmers become educated about sustainable farming practices.
For more information, go to www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org or call 302-644-1436.