The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship is accepting applications for 2015 to connect young people with agriculture and the natural world around them. Through this scholarship, the Monadnock Localvores hope to inspire the next generation of local farmers and local food supporters, by giving regional children an opportunity, through summer camp, after school programs, or membership to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire, to experience sustainable farming practices first-hand and watch their efforts bear fruit.

For more information, contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org. More information is also available online. Applications are due by March 31, 2015 and donations are accepted throughout the year.

Jeff Smith, a former member of the Monadnock Localvore Steering Committee, was a supporter of sustainability and local agriculture. He 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 safekeeping during our lifetimes, to be passed along intact to future generations. His every activity was geared towards improving the lives of others and the environment through giving freely of his time and efforts. To keep that vision alive, 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.