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The next generation of Michigan's organic farmers

Rachel Cross

The Student Organic Farm Scholarship Endowment at MSU grew by $30,000 when 250 guests came together to enjoy a local and sustainable harvest dinner and to celebrate two scholarship recipients at the recent 2011 Hoophouse Gala.

Thanks to the generous support of Hoophouse Gala attendees past, two students received scholarships made possible for the first time from the endowment.

Noel Deehr received the Larry and Faylene Owen Emerging Farmer scholarship award. Noel will be part of the incoming 2012 Organic Farmer Training Program cohort. She majors in landscape horticulture, already takes vegetables to market from her own extensive garden and hopes to some day run her own organic farming operation.

Rachel Cross received the Vennie Gore Emerging Farmer scholarship. Rachel majors in horticulture at MSU with a specialization in environmental studies. She says she is “passionate about achieving symbiosis with the earth and promoting locally and organically grown food for everyone.”

The Hoophouse Gala is a collaborative effort of the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services and the MSU Student Organic Farm.