November 5, 2007 |
CONTACT: Brenda Dawson, (530)752-7849, firstname.lastname@example.org |
Seeking outstanding farmers and agricultural educators
Nominations are open for the 2008 Pedro Ilic Awards, which will honor a farmer and an educator who are dedicated to small-scale farming.
The awards will be presented at the 2008 California Small Farm Conference, February 24 to 26 in Visalia. Each award includes a scholarship to the conference.
The awards are named for Fresno County small-scale farm advisor Pedro Ilic, whose untimely death in 1994 prompted the UC Small Farm Program to annually honor those who carry out his legacy of personal commitment to small-scale and family farming. Ilic was one of the original advisors when the Small Farm Program was established in 1979.
The annual awards honor an educator and a farmer who embody characteristics that helped make Ilic a success. Each honoree is chosen because he or she:
Last year’s award winners were Tchieng Fong, a Hmong farmer in Fresno County, and Mark Gaskell, a University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
The deadline for nominations is Jan. 10, 2008. Nominations are reviewed by a committee of staff members from the UC Small Farm Program and UCCE in Fresno County, as well as associates of Pedro Ilic. Nomination forms can be found online at www.sfc.ucdavis.edu/ilic.pdf. For more information, call 530-752-8136 or e-mail email@example.com.
The UC Small Farm Program is a statewide research and outreach program that serves the needs of California’s small-scale farmers. For more about the program, visit www.sfc.ucdavis.edu.