For New York farmers and individuals only: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is offering farmer-education scholarships to cover registration costs to its annual winter conference. The NOFA-NY Winter Conference will be held from January 20th-22nd in Saratoga Springs, NY. Through funding from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, USDA, the Risk Management Agency of the USDA, and NOFA-NY’s Farmer Education Fund, NOFA-NY is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to aspiring, new and experienced farmers as well as to teachers and student groups. Additional scholarships may be available on a limited basis to agricultural student groups and groups of farm apprentices from one farm. These scholarships require an earlier application deadline of November 21st. These applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all funds are utilized.
Applicants for individual scholarships must apply by December 1st. Notifications will be sent December 7th, with a wait-list decision sent on December 21st. All applicants should use the online application form located at https://nofa.wufoo.com/forms/nofany-winter-conference-scholarship-application/; paper-based forms can be requested by contacting NOFA-NY. Applicants in other Northeast states (New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts) are encouraged to contact their state’s NOFA chapter for information on their winter conference and scholarship opportunities.