2019 Beginner Sustainable Vegetable Production Application

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Contact Information

Farming Experience

No Experience Somewhat Familiar Moderate Comfortable Very Experienced

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Low income/Limited resources is less than 50% of county median household income

Please note that this course is only being offered to take in-person at our farm in Beverly, MA.  The course will be held every other Sunday, from 2-5 pm, May-September.  The course registration fee is $600 which must be paid through Eventbrite at the following link: 
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on assessed financial need and will be awarded on a first come-first served basis.  Scholarships will range from $80 to $400 and will be applied immediately and directly to the cost of the program (i.e. if total program fees are $600; a recipient of a $ 400 scholarship will owe $200 for the program).   

Scholarship Application

Need-Based Scholarship

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is pleased to offer Beginning Sustainable Vegetable Production Course tuition scholarships to assist participants of limited financial means who exhibit excellent potential for success in sustainable farming.

Need-based scholarships are made possible by funds donated by the Mary Kostman Fund for Future Farmers.


Scholarship Value

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on assessed financial need.  Scholarships will range from $80 to $400 and will be applied directly to the cost of the program via a one time Eventbrite discount code. (i.e. if total program fees are $600; a recipient of a $400 scholarship will owe $200 for the program.)



Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Complete the scholarship application form.
  • Submit relevant financial information, including a most recent tax return statement (or the tax return of anyone claiming them as a dependent).
  • Self-identify with at least one of the following demographic characteristics: 
    • Immigrant, refugee, asylee to the US.
    • Socially disadvantaged, which the USDA defines as: a farmer or rancher who has been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudices because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities; those groups include African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan natives, Hispanics, and Asians or Pacific Islanders.
    • Low-income / limited resource.
  • Candidates must have proper authorization to work in the U.S.


Selection Criteria

  1. Commitment to full participation in the course, completing all required homework assignments, and fulfillment of practicum hours.
  2. Evidence of financial hardship.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing personal and professional learning.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to and excellent potential for a successful career in sustainable farming and food production.



-          The scholarship funds will be applied directly as a credit to program / course enrollment fees. 

-          There will be no cash allocation or distribution.

-          The scholarship will be forfeited if:

o   The recipient fails to complete any required components of the program.

o   The recipient cancels their enrollment in the program.

This course is made possible thanks to the USDA Conservation Innovation Grant Program