Beginning Farmer & Rancher Scholarship


The William W. Dow Memorial Beginning Farmer and Rancher Scholarship is designed to give new and beginning farmers and ranchers a low-cost opportunity to participate in our Sustainable Agriculture Conference Nov. 3-5, 2017.  Scholarships are competitive and both need and merit-based.  The value of this scholarship totals $300.

Donations to the fund are gratefully accepted.



To qualify for the scholarship the applicant must:

• Be actively farming on land the applicant owns or leases in NC or SC.

• Have been farming for five years or less.

• Applicants should not be a previous Dow scholarship recipient.

All applicants will be notified of their award status by August 12, 2017.  Applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a scholarship, but are not awarded one, may still register for the conference at the discounted Early Bird Rate through August 16th.

The Sustainable Agriculture Conference is an unparalleled opportunity for beginning farmers to learn how to be successful in their sustainable farming enterprises.  Special programming for beginning farmers includes: finding land, farm business finances, access to community-based capital, using body mechanics and tools to stay healthy longer, and season extension techniques. Other conference workshops cover cutting edge issues in sustainable agriculture, including organic weed control, soil fertility, pasture-based livestock, food safety and processing, and direct marketing. All of it is essential information for new farms to thrive.

Scholarship recipients are eligible to attend all regular conference activities, beginning with the dinner and keynote on Friday November 3, and including all workshops, plenary sessions, meals and networking sessions on Saturday November 5th and Sunday, November 6th. Scholarship recipients are expected to cover their own lodging and travel expenses: Visit for resources on reducing these costs. The scholarships do NOT cover pre-conference tours and intensives.

In addition, scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary membership to the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Please note that farm apprentices and students are not eligible for these scholarships unless they own or lease the land they are farming. Special Student/Apprentice rates are available for conference registrants.

Scholarships are funded by contributions to the William W. Dow Scholarship Fund.  Contributions to send a beginning farmer to CFSA’s conference are gratefully accepted and can be submitted through through our secure website, by calling 919-542-2402, or by mailing your check with “Bill Dow” in the memo line to CFSA, PO Box 448 Pittsboro NC, 27312.


If you are still looking for ways to make the conference more affordable, please follow this link for information on our work exchange and ride/room share resources.

For More Information:
Katie Hume
CFSA’s Education Coordinator
(919) 542-2402

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