Lewes farmers market names scholarship recipients

January 26, 2021

For 14 years, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market has awarded scholarships to small-scale Delmarva farmers to help them attend sustainable farming conferences.

Those include the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Annual Farming for the Future Conference, the Future Harvest CASA Conference, the Southeast Fruit and Vegetable Conference, the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference, and the United States Lavender Growers Association Conference. All conferences are virtual this year due to the pandemic.

The market awarded three scholarships this year.

A grant from the regular scholarship fund went to Jay McCutcheon from Weathered Eye Farm in Lewes.

In 2016, the market established an emerging women farmers’ scholarship fund in loving memory of Delaware farmer Debra L. Schaefer. This year, the two farmers who received Schaefer scholarships are Laura Brittingham from Brittingham Farms in Millsboro and Susan Maddox from Earth Harmony Produce in Ocean View.

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market 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.

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