WALPOLE, N.H. — The Monadnock Localvores are proud to announce the following twenty-five recipients of the 2018 Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship. Congratulations to Lila Maeve Ball of Keene, Hunter Borgeson of Nelson NH, Jamison Davis of Stoddard, Mason Dewey of Keene, Kyle Dubois of Keene, Everett Goodnow of Westmoreland, Michael Hodgdon of Swanzey, Tyanna Hodgdon of Swanzey, Shavtiel Kinderlehrer of Alstead, Natalie King of Alstead, Alexander Linnenbringer of Winchester, James Linnenbringer of Winchester, Emma-Lee Lounder of West Chesterfield, Connor Macdonald of Richmond, Maya Dulce McCarthy of Stoddard, Tanner Obrien of West Chesterfield, Aubree Pierson of Swanzey, Harmony Pierson of Swanzey, Thomas Plankey of Alstead, Gianna Racano of Keene, Willa Jean Sickles of Keene, Miranda Souther of Keene, Hailey Webb of Keene, Izabel Winchester of Westmoreland, and Kylie Wollschlager of Marlow.
All scholarship recipients demonstrated a desire to learn more about farming and gardening and they will have the opportunity to attend a farm camp of their choice this summer. As one of the young recipients put it “for a long time I’ve been wanting to do gardening and farming so this is the perfect chance to do it!” Many thanks go out to the Monadnock Food Coop, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Cheshire County Farm Bureau, Westmoreland Lions Club, Winchester Lions Club, Keene Lions Club, and other generous donors that have made these scholarships possible.
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, to experience sustainable farming practices first-hand and watch their efforts bear fruit. For more information or to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or amanda@cheshireconservation.
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.
Food travels an average of 1500 miles before it ends up on your dinner plate. The Localvore movement is working to change this statistic, for the benefit of our health, palate, local farms, the environment and the community. Now in its thirteenth year, The Monadnock Localvores are focused on encouraging the eating, growing, and buying of more local food. 2018 sponsors for the Monadnock Localvores include the Hannah Grimes Center and the Cheshire County Conservation District.
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners.
–Cheshire County Conservation District
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