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Student Farmers is actively looking to recruit a student ambassador in Indiana, as well as farm mentors in Indiana that can help guide students. Overall, student farming is a great way to reduce the distance from farm to table and increase health for students as well as their parents.
Here is an overview on Student Farmers
Student Farmers is a growing group of students who are committed to in-home and in-school sustainable farming as a means to promote physical fitness and environmental stewardship.
Our Mission: To improve health and nutrition education, combat the challenges of climate change, and support each other in generating some revenue to help pay for college.
Our Vision: To increase knowledge about the advantages of eating more heathy and locally grown vegetables across the range of high school and college age students. We also hope that many of the parents of the students will learn from their children’s engagement in our organization and adopt a diet with less processed foods to reduce the growing cost of healthcare.
Here is an example of an agriculture education program in Indiana:
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Farm Bureau awarded 13 scholarships to incoming or current college students pursuing careers in agriculture.
The scholarships include the Marion Stackhouse Memorial Scholarship, two Collegiate Farm Bureau scholarships and 10 Carolyn Hegel Memorial scholarships. The scholarship funds can be applied to tuition, housing, books or other educational expenses.
Arrington Krull of Kosciusko County is the recipient of this year’s Marion Stackhouse Memorial Scholarship.
The $1,000 scholarship is named in honor of the former INFB president, who served from 1976 to 1987. Winners of this scholarship must be INFB members pursuing studies in agriculture.
Krull is a graduating senior at Wawasee High School and will attend Purdue University in the fall where she plans to major in farm management with a minor in agronomy.
Two $1,000 scholarships are offered to members of any of the Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters — Purdue, Vincennes and Huntington universities.
This year, Purdue sophomores and active Collegiate Farm Bureau members Noah Berning of Allen County and Melanie Hasler of Bartholomew County received the Collegiate Farm Bureau scholarships.
Additionally, 10 students, one per INFB district, received the $1,000 Carolyn Hegel Memorial Scholarship awards, named after the long-time INFB second vice president, who served the organization for 26 years.
Winners must be incoming or current college students pursuing a degree in agriculture and members of INFB.
“Indiana Farm Bureau is thrilled to support our state’s youth in agriculture through our annual scholarships,” said Isabella Chism, INFB second vice president.
“We heard from many passionate students about their love of ag through this process. Indiana agriculture is fortunate to have talented young men and women, like these 13 students, as future leaders in our community.”