The Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association is now accepting nominations for the 2023 PVGA Young Grower Award. The award recognizes outstanding PVGA members who are growers 35 and under. The recognition was established six years ago. Brandon Christner was the first recipient at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Convention and Peter Salerno III was the recipient at the 2018 Convention. There were no nominees for 2019 but in 2020 two young growers were recognized: Wesley Nell and Nick Lubecki. Wyatt Schriver won the award for 2021 and Jennifer Glenister received the 2022 award. (See here for information on the past awardees.)
The winner is chosen each year by the PVGA Leadership and Recognition Committee. PVGA members are asked to nominate a young grower (someone they know or themselves) who meets the following criteria for the Award:
– is a PVGA Member who is 35 years old or younger;
– is successfully growing vegetables, potatoes or berries; and
– has contributed to advancing or promoting the Pennsylvania vegetable, potato or berry industry.
The prize for the winner is free registration and lodging for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention. To nominate someone or yourself, send a brief but comprehensive description of the farm operation and the nominee’s qualifications to PVGA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815 Middle Road, Richfield, PA 17086, by November 30, 2022.