Apply for the 2024 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards

May 1, 2024

MOFGA is accepting applications now through May 9 for the 2024 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards. Each year, MOFGA awards three $1,500 scholarships, one in each of the following categories: MOFGA Journeyperson Program participant (past or present); Maine high school senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming (with a preference for colleges in Maine); teacher, school or education center looking to support an agricultural related project in Maine, such as a campus garden, classroom project or a guest lecturer.

Awards are granted to honor the late Russell Libby, who led MOFGA for 17 years and dedicated his life to growing the organic food movement. Recognizing, more than 20 years ago, that Maine’s farming population was aging and dwindling, Libby advocated for focusing significant MOFGA program resources on training the next generation of farmers. 

“We love reading these applications each year and being able to support three new people each year who will be able to learn more about agriculture or start a new project as a result of these funds,” says Anna Libby, MOFGA’s community education director. 

These scholarships support the recipients in their pursuits of agriculture education and projects. Funds have been used for schooling, infrastructure that improves access to programs, new gardens and much more. Last year’s educator award recipient was Colleen Maker. Maker works at the Washington Academy Community Garden and was glad to be last year’s recipient of the Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship. The funds supported increased produce for the Machias Food pantry. The main objective of the garden is to educate high school students on  sustainable practices, empowering them to grow their own food and foster a strong sense of community service in the fight against food insecurity.

Applications are due May 9, 2024. Click here for more information and to apply for the Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards.

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