The Farmhearts Scholarship Encourages
Educators and Students
“The scholarship has made a big difference in the way people felt about participating in the class and themselves. It was almost as if someone else’s demonstration of a concern for their projects made it easier for the students to believe in themselves.”
That is Kirstin Geeslin, Director of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, talking about out Farmhearts scholarships that enable farmers to participate in Value Added Food Production classes at Sullivan County Community College.
Value-added classes were taught by a number of local food producers and preparers including Beth Linskey, Mary Tonjes and Jill Padua.
Beth Linskey is the founder of Beth’s Farm Kitchen. She has been making jams and chutneys with locally grown produce since 1981.
Mary Tonjes, of Tonjes Farm Dairy, and her husband Tim have been producing cheese on their family farm since 2003.
Jill Padua of Jill’s Kitchen produces unique Open Sesame sauces, best known for Pride of New York and Pure Catskills products.
For information about upcoming value-added classes: