Since the early 1990s, the Del Mar Farmers Market has awarded scholarships to students who are currently enrolled in higher education and either work at the physical market or behind the scenes during breaks from school.
The Del Mar market is a non-profit organization, one of the few in San Diego. Each week the vendors pay a small percentage of their margin to the market. These funds are used for the scholarship program and are awarded to a variety of community organizations, such as the Del Mar Library, Community Connections, the Safety Center and the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley.
This summer the market awarded $5,000 in student scholarships. The recipients represent a variety of colleges and have wide-ranging academic goals.
Elma Binuya, of Blue Heron Organic Produce, attends Kaplan University and studies nursing. This is the second year that Elma has received a Del Mar Farmers Market scholarship. Says Binuya of her academic endeavors: “My goal is to become a nurse. I’d like to continue on with my education, while working as a nurse, to receive my bachelor and master’s degrees in nursing, and someday specialize in pediatrics.”
Grandson of Annie Hogervorst, the egg vendor, Brenton Nevarez attends Palomar College and plans to study sports medicine. After he completes his studies at Palomar, Nevarez says, “I can transfer to a four-year college with the correct prerequisites and continue with a major in sports medicine or a related field.” This is the 7th scholarship to the Nevarez family since 1986.
Two children of vendor Schaner Farms are scholarship recipients. Rose Schaner plans to major in interdisciplinary studies and earn a teaching credential. Currently a student at the University of Dallas, in Texas, she intends to study in Italy during her sophomore year. Her brother, Noah Schaner, is majoring in aviation with an emphasis in airport management at the University of North Dakota.
Celeste Felix, whose family sells dates at the farmers market, is studying at the University of California Davis. She is earning a degree in biochemistry with a minor in sustainable agriculture.
When you shop at the Del Mar Farmers Market you are giving back to your community and supporting higher education. It is because of the loyal clientele at the market that dozens of college kids have received financial aid.
The market operates every Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Del Mar City Hall parking lot between 10th Street and 11th Street, west of Camino Del Mar. Bring a reusable shopping bag or pick one up at the market, and come hungry
Visit www.delmarfarmersmarket.org; Facebook: Del Mar Farmer’s Market.