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Biodynamic Association Launches Scholarship Fund for Beginning Farmers
Responding to a growing interest in farming in general, and biodynamics in particular, the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association has launched a new scholarship fund to help the next generation of farmers gain the knowledge and skills they need to manage successful biodynamic farms.
In its first year, awards from the fund will be offered to apprentices enrolled in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP), the Biodynamic Association’s training and mentorship program for beginning farmers. NABDAP combines 24 months of structured on-farm training and mentoring with a course of classroom study and an independent project, providing a comprehensive two-year certification in biodynamic farming. Apprentices choose from over 30 mentor farms and 5 classroom study programs in the United States and Canada to complete the program.
“We hope the introduction of this scholarship fund will encourage more people who are interested in becoming biodynamic farmers to enroll in NABDAP and benefit from the training, education and mentorship our program offers,” says Thea Maria Carlson, coordinator of NABDAP.
The scholarship fund is supported by several generous donors, as well as funds raised though the “Feeding the Revolution” Biodynamic Food and Wine Tasting, which took place at the Biodynamic Association’s 2010 National Conference.
For more information about the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund and the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program, please visit http://www.biodynamics.com/nabdap
The Biodyanmic Farming and Gardening Association is a borrower of the RSF Social Investment Fund.