In December 2012, 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 1970’s when he started Ayrshire Farm in Chatham. 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.
To honor this pioneer, and in recognition of the high standard he set for the current generation of sustainable farmers and conscientious consumers, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has established the William W. Dow Scholarship Fund. Gifts to this fund will aid beginning farmers in attending the Sustainable Agriculture Conference.
Bill was ahead of the curve – indeed, he bent the curve – but in order for today’s beginning farmers to continue to grow a vibrant, sustainable local food system, they need training, networking and mentorships. CFSA’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference is the premier forum for networking and education for local and organic agriculture.
Thank you for honoring Bill, for believing in new farmers, and for investing in sustainable agriculture with your contribution.
Send your check with “Bill Dow” in the subject line to:
CFSA, PO Box 448, Pittsboro NC 27312
Or, call 919-542-2402