Isaac Mathews, age 12, has received an Organic Growers School Youth Mentoring Scholarship to the OGS Spring Conference on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at UNC Asheville. Now in its 19th year, the conference is held on the UNCA campus each spring and is attended by more than 1,500 people. Isaac will be able to choose from about 100 classes on organic gardening and farming, and sustainable living.
“My mom went to the Organic Grower’s School last year and loved it. I want to be able to come and learn all I can so I can grow and sell vegetables at the farmers market next year. My Saanan goat, Hera, is bred and I am looking forward to raising goat babies on my own for the first time this year. ” ~Isaac
Isaac is the main milker for his family’s goat-milk soap business, and he breeds both Saanan goats and Netherland dwarf rabbits. He became interested in gardening when his “family wanted to eat healthy and save money.”
Isaac is the son of Dawn Mathews, and he gardens and raises animals in Caldwell County. Isaac is an excellent student, is a member of a Latin Club and a Spanish Club, and he earned his black belt in Taekwondo at age nine. He volunteers with his church collecting toiletries to benefit homeless men, and has participated in numerous mission trips in the United States and around the world.
The Organic Growers School Youth Mentoring Project is in its second year and invites FFA members, 4-H members, and high school students that are interested in sustainable agriculture to apply for a scholarship to attend their annual OGS Spring Conference.
“We started the goat milk soap business and liked being with the animals. This year we did a garden and the vegetables tasted so much better than the ones in the store.” ~Isaac
Congratulations to Isaac and to all of the scholarship recipients for this year’s Spring Conference!
Meredith Leigh is a die-hard advocate for good food. As a farmer, founder of a butcher shop/restaurant, and writer, she has worked on many angles of real food for over a decade. She currently teaches farming and cooking classes, consults for food and agriculture non-profits, and is writing a book about meat. Meredith has been the Program Coordinator for the Organic Growers School (OGS) Spring Conference since 2006 and was the Director and then the Executive Director of OGS for 10 years.