Scholarships Awarded June 18

Thank you for submitting a scholarship application for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. At this time, all award notifications have been e-mailed to applicants. If you have not received word of your scholarships/volunteer status by e-mail yet, please contact Vanessa at / 608-263-6064. Thanks!


The National Farm to School Network makes it a priority to keep conferences affordable and to offer scholarships and volunteer positions to make the event more accessible. Scholarships and all volunteer positions cover the costs of conference registration only. Field trips, short courses, and the Northeast Reception are additional costs.

Application Deadline: May 31

Award Notification: June 18

Click Here to Access the Online Scholarship Application

Do not register for the conference until you hear from us regarding your scholarship status!


Scholarship awards cover only the early bird registration fee for the conference. Costs associated with travel and lodging are not covered by the scholarship award. In order to ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of farm to cafeteria constituents, scholarships prioritize the following groups that experience the greatest barriers to participation including:

• Limited resource farmers

• Youth

• Food service professionals

• People of color, native peoples and/or immigrants

• Those working with limited resource neighborhoods or communities

• Individuals involved in planning/implementing farm to cafeteria programs and projects

Representation from all regions of the country will also be taken into consideration when evaluating scholarship applicants.

Are you a woman farming in Vermont?  Visit “Additional Funding Sources” below to learn about a separate scholarship opportunity from the Vermont Farm Women’s Fund.

Volunteer Positions

In addition to scholarships, we made a limited number of volunteer positions available. In exchange for 12 hours of work during the conference, volunteers will be able to attend the conference for free. Residents of the Burlington area will be given priority for volunteer positions. If you are offered a volunteer position, you will sign up for various tasks to attend to at the conference. Tasks may include checking in attendees, monitoring workshops, setting up and cleaning up, assisting with receptions, selling publications, etc.  The volunteer positions application is closed.

How to Apply

The application for scholarships and volunteer positions is closed.

We will let you know if you have been awarded a scholarship or volunteer position by June 18, 2012. Please DO NOT REGISTER for the conference until you hear back from us regarding your scholarship status. If you are not awarded a scholarship, you will still be able to register at the discounted early bird rate.   Additional spots for field trips and short courses will be made available on the scholarship announcement date to ensure that these events do not fill up before scholarship recipients have a chance to register.  Questions about scholarships or the application process should be directed to Vanessa Herald ( / 608.263.6064).

Additional Funding Sources

You can also raise funds for your trip by requesting friends, family, coworkers, and others to sponsor you, or by hosting a fundraising event. Visit this link to download the Farm to Cafeteria Fundraising Packet!

Are you a woman farming in Vermont? You may be eligible for a scholarship from the Vermont Farm Women’s Fund (VFWF). The mission of the VFWF is to sustain and assist women pursuing a secure farming future with innovative agricultural businesses and stewardship of the land. Scholarship support is available for women farmers on a currently operating farm located in Vermont, with priority for those who make a majority of their income from farm-related activities. Scholarships from the Vermont Farm Women’s Fund may cover up to $150 of the conference fee.  Apply by July 10.

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