Warwick’s agricultural roots are firmly based in Pine Island’s Black Dirt Region. The region provides food for residents, restaurants, and retailers throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City, and nearby communities. Today this region is known as one of the richest farmlands in all of North America.
The Black Dirt Scholarship Fund was created in 2012 from a portion of the proceeds of the annual Black Dirt Feast. It is presented by the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, honoring students seeking to further their education in three areas:
1) Agricultural/Equestrian Studies
2) Culinary Arts/Hospitality Industry
3) Arts and Sciences
Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to and involvement in community volunteer service or community work experience.
Since its founding in 1961, the mission of the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce has been to promote prosperity in the business community, support and enhance the uniqueness of the region, and to enrich the lives of all residents through community spirit and cooperation.