The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation is looking at ways to reach out to non-traditional farmers and involve them in the Farm Bureau policy process, including surfacing their ideas and input in the Farm Bill, sustainability and other issues related to agriculture. A non-traditional farmer would be a farmer that has not typically been involved in Farm Bureau. This might include urban farms, new entry farmer, immigrant farmers, etc. This is a scholarship program for non-traditional farmers to join MFBF for free for one year, pending completion of certain activities, including an orientation webinar, mid-year survey (which will include a spot for ideas for state legislation and the Farm Bill), and participation at a county-level policy event. A committee of MFBF board members will review scholarship applications to determine if someone fits the criteria of a non-traditional Farm Bureau member. We’d like to see 22 scholarships awarded in 2021-2022. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2021.