Originally posted on: Colored Egg Homestead blog
Recently I received notification that I was chosen as a recipient of the William W. Dow Memorial Beginning Farmer & Rancher Scholarship offered through the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
This scholarship will allow me to attend the 28th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference this November in Durham, NC. I feel enormously blessed to have been chosen to receive this gift.
Who was William W. Dow?
William W. Dow, or Bill as most called him, was a pioneer in organic farming. He was a former physician who believed he could do more good growing vegetables than dispensing medicines. While I never got the pleasure of meeting this man, I know in my heart that I would have really liked him. His dedication and passion for organic farming and local food is overwhelming. His legacy will certainly live on for generations.
“This past December, we lost an organic farming pioneer when Bill Dow passed away. Bill believed passionately in local, organic food and farming, which practically did not exist in the late 1970s when he started Ayrshire Farm in Chatham County, NC. Bill was a trailblazer – setting up Farmers’ Markets across the Southeast, including the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and being one of the first farmers in the Carolinas to achieve organic certification – all before local and organic was in demand” (source: here)
Read more about Bill Dow here.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association established the William W. Dow Scholarship fund to honor him and to recognize the high standard he set for the current generation of sustainable farmers. Bill believed that in order for today’s beginning farmers to continue to grow a vibrant, sustainable local food system, they would need training, networking and mentorships. The Sustainable Agriculture Conference is the premier forum for networking and education for local and organic agriculture.
Thank you Bill for leading the way to a more sustainable farming future for so many of us. I am looking forward to having the chance to attend this conference in your honor. I hope that I can be a sponge and absorb as much information as I can to be one step closer to cultivating the farm I’ve been dreaming of.
If you would like to donate to the William W. Dow Scholarship fund click here
Or by check to:
PO Box 448
Pittsboro, NC 27312
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