John Relk 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.
Winners are given instruction on growing produce along with seed. They are provided a vendor space and materials at no charge, and are taught to sell their produce at the market.