It is our pleasure to share with all the establishment
of the Ned Jaquith Foundation.
This non-profit foundation commemorates the legacy of Ned Jaquith, a consummate horticulturist and nurseryman who specialized in bamboo, and was particularly interested in bamboo research, propagation and art. He also was a guy who loved life, cherished his friends, and knew how to laugh. For many bambuseros, he was a respected mentor.
The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and support bamboo research projects increasing the collective knowledge of bamboo. The Foundation will support the goals of the American Bamboo Society (ABS) but will be a separate working body, administered by an advisory committee. Grant funding will be provided to students and researchers who wish to work within the field of bamboo focused on such issues as botanical identification, wild and domestic collection, genetic preservation, propagation techniques, bamboo art and bamboo-related environmental concerns (i.e. habitat restoration, etc).
Thanks to kind permission granted by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ABS, the Foundation has obtained non-profit status, allowing individuals, commercial businesses and other societies & organizations to give donations as tax-deductible contributions. Donors will be listed on the Foundation website by donor categories as donations are made.
The NJF Advisory Committee currently consists of its founders: Nancy Oberschmidt, Ned’s wife; Noah Bell, Manager of Bamboo Garden Nursery; Charissa Brock, Artist; Galyn Carlile, Educator; James Clever, President American Bamboo Society; Mike Remmick, Botanist; and Susanne Lucas, World Bamboo Organization. One board member of the ABS will always be included on the Advisory Committee.
An announcement will be forthcoming when grant applications will be accepted, and this will be done on a semi-annual basis. Decisions on the awarding of grants will be based on how well the project fits the objectives of the Foundation, the ability of the grantee to complete the project and the benefit of the project.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to Ned’s life.
If you’d like to discuss any aspects of the Foundation, please contact us and we would be happy to talk with you about it.
Ned Jaquith Foundation
c/o Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins Road
North Plains, OR 97133-8302
Phone is 503-647-2700