School is Back in Session
At the end of the school year last summer, the club awarded our scholarship to a worthy student from the Seacoast School of Technology (SST). The following speech was given by our President Patti Elwell at the award ceremony:
The Exeter Area Garden Club is a non-profit organization that was formed to encourage interest in all types of home gardening and to promote civic beauty and the conservation of natural resources. We hope to encourage that interest in those young people from our community who go on to careers in agriculture and each year set aside a $1,000 scholarship for a deserving student.
As gardeners we are always learning. We want to bring green, healthy plants into our own lives and into the world around us. But the reality for all of us is that much of our success has come through the trial and error. I would hazard a guess that thousands of plants have sadly met their demise at the hands of our club members. But we keep trying and we keep learning.
We are proud to have selected an individual from SST who also shares that desire to try more and learn more in the field of agriculture. This young man has been a quiet and consistent in the leader in Future Farmers of America program. For the past three years he has been captain of the SST Forestry team which competes at the Deerfield Fair and at home he is a NH Junior Forestry Steward where he helps maintain his family’s woodlot. He also participates in many community service activity projects, giving of his time and generous spirit. He will be attending the Thompson School of Applied Science for an Associate’s degree in forestry.
The Exeter Area Garden Club is pleased to present this scholarship award for $1,000 to Brian Berridge.