24 Farm Scholarship winners announced

Walpole — The Monadnock Localvores has named the 24 winners of the 2019 Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship.

The scholarship’s purpose is to send children to an area farm camp to discover the rewards that come from cultivating the land. All of the scholarship recipients demonstrated a desire to learn more about farming and gardening, the group said.

The winners are: Teddy Kraley and Nevaeh Sanders, Alstead; Alexandria Rabel, Gilsum; Elias James, Hinsdale; Avery Brien, Mason Brien, Cali Dowling, Declan Nay, Ellie Peteren, Tristan Rutter and Noah Smith, Keene; Rieley Warner, Nelson; Tessa Hall, Spofford; Olivia Briggs and Victoria Briggs, Sullivan; Ella Hansen, Surry; Arianna Allen, Parker Antonivich and Hannah Bebeau, Swanzey; Addison Florio, Levi Mackey and Benjamin Winchester, Westmoreland; Bianca Doran and Treyvon Doran, Winchester.

“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,” the Monadnock Localvores wrote in a news release.

For more details or to donate to the scholarship fund, contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 756-2988 ext.116 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org. More information is also available at www.cheshireconservation.org.

The scholarship is named in memory of Jeff Smith, a former member of the Monadnock Localvore Steering Committee, whom the Localvores described as “an enthusiastic supporter of sustainability and local agriculture.”

Now in its 14th year, the Monadnock Localvores focuses on encouraging the eating, growing and buying of more local food.

Company’s $25K donation will fund 10 scholarships

AUBURN — At least 10 scholarships for students in need will be funded through Children’s Scholarship Fund New Hampshire thanks to a $25,000 donation from local energy firm Freedom Energy Logistics.

The company’s donation will help the Children’s Scholarship Fund provide financial support to families of children in kindergarten through 12th grade who, for one reason or another, want to move their child out of his or her current school.

“They’re only financial need-based, so we’re only doing math when a family comes to us,” said Kate Baker, executive director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund, about the organization’s scholarship determinations. “If they meet the income limits for the program, then they qualify — if they’re leaving public school, going to private school, home school or to some alternative education setting.”

Baker said many parents want to transfer their children in order to pursue more specialized or rigorous curriculums, but a significant portion also are looking to get their child out of a school because of chronic bullying.

Citing her organization’s desire to “level the playing field” for Granite State families, Baker said the scholarships are pivotal to giving less privileged families the opportunity to re-school a child in need of a new educational setting.

Freedom Energy Logistics’ donation is the latest contribution in its three-year donor relationship with the Children’s Scholarship Fund.

— Travis R. Morin Union Leader Correspondent