John Relk Memorial Scholarship

Nampa Farmers Market
John Relk Memorial Scholarship

Learn How to Grow a Vegetable Garden
and Earn Money Selling What
You Grow at the
Nampa Farmer’s Market!

Here’s a great way to earn some extra money this summer and learn something that will benefit you for the rest of your life! A garden can be a great source of healthy food for you and your family, and a way to make some extra money. We will teach you how to grow a garden and how to be a successful vendor at The Nampa Farmers Market.

Open to boys and girls ages 11-17.

Qualifications to apply:

You must be between age 11 and 17 to be considered

Have a desire to grow a vegetable garden and learn to sell produce

Have adequate space available for a garden, and gardening tools

Be willing to commit to attend the Farmers Market for 15 of the 30 weeks

Have parental permission and support

What we provide:

A space to sell your produce at the Nampa Farmers Market

Instruction on how to sell at the Market

We may also provide seed and other support.


There are no fees to apply or for scholarship winners.

Deadline to Apply:

2022 Dates will be announced in January 2022

The John Relk Memorial Scholarship is open to boys and girls ages 11-17.  It was instituted as a memorial to the market’s founder, John Relk. 

John Relk

John Relk was a math, chemistry and physics teacher at a variety of schools throughout the community. He was also a part-time farmer and dairyman – always enjoying plants, trees and gardening.

John founded the Nampa Farmers Market in 1989 with his wife Afine.  They had a vision.  They saw a community market which provided local food and products made by friends and neighbors.  They modeled their idea of a local farmers market on what Afine had experienced at farmers markets in the Netherlands. They enjoyed being able to share their excess produce and eventually combine it with many other local vendors to provide a weekly Saturday market that the Nampa community has come to enjoy and appreciate.

Before John passed away, he expressed a great desire to teach and encourage young people to grow a garden and to sell what they grow at the farmers market.  The Board of Directors of the Nampa Farmers Market initiated this scholarship to fulfill his vision.