Are you a beginning farmer or rancher interested in attending REGENERATE?
We are pleased to offer the HERD Fellowship Program, which provides scholarships for beginning farmers and ranchers, conservationists and others in related fields to attend the 2018 REGENERATE Conference October 31 – November 2 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and to connect with peers and mentorship beyond this event to support them in their pursuit of lives in agriculture.
Through a generous grant from the folks at The HERD with further support from the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation, Green Spark Ventures, and many others, we are able to grant a total of 12 full scholarships (including lodging and travel) and 25 tuition scholarships to ranchers, farmers, and conservationists beginning their careers. More specifically, these scholarships will prioritize supporting individuals who come from historically underrepresented or economically low-resource communities and other marginalized identities in agriculture.
This fellowship program is both inspired by and an extension of the HERD Fellows program started at three years ago at the Grassfed Exchange. The HERD, group of foundations and family offices whose shared mission is to accelerate the transition to a regenerative agriculture system, initiated this program with the goal of continuing education and connection for beginning ranchers and farmers from diverse communities.
Chair of The Grassfed Exchange, Dr. Jason Rowntree of Michigan State University, says, “The HERD Fellows has become one of the most exciting aspects of the Grassfed Exchange. On the surface, they come to learn from others, but their presence inspires all who attend. These folks are agriculture’s future, and they give me much hope. We are so grateful to the sponsors whose vision and commitment enable this program to happen.”
A strategy for diversity and inclusion
We recognize the critical need to support the next generation of regenerative agricultural producers and land stewards.
The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association support young people committed to life at the nexus of tradition and innovation, food and land, economy and community. We believe good agriculture is rooted in holistic thinking and a lifelong commitment to learning and teaching. Attending the REGENERATE Conference provides beginning ranchers and farmers the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, to build relationships with peers and mentors, to find support for their work, and to bring a fresh perspective on the future of agriculture.
Working within the HERD Fellows model helps build our movement and creates important synergy between the efforts of the Grassfed Exchange and organizations like ours. As part of an effort to connect HERD Fellows from the Grassfed Exchange and REGENERATE as a way to further build networks between beginning ranchers, farmers, and conservationists. Fellows will be added to a unique listserv and will be invited to connect with one another after the conference.
In an effort to increase the diversity and inclusivity at REGENERATE 2018, our scholarship process will have a diverse team of reviewers, and will accept applications by phone, in person, via the web form below, or by recommendation. The award process will prioritize applicants from communities and backgrounds historically underrepresented at this event, but will not exclude qualified candidates from any background with a strong application. Applicants will be evaluated on a number of attributes including: Is the individual in his or her first five years of ranching or farming, or a conservation career? Is ranching, farming, or conservation his or her primary occupation? Does he or she come from a community historically underrepresented at this or similar conferences?
Our goal is to award seventy percent of the scholarships supported by this sponsorship to individuals who come from historically underrepresented communities and who are beginning ranchers or farmers. The remaining thirty percent of the scholarships will be awarded based on need and commitment to a career in agriculture or conservation.
2018 HERD Fellows
We would like to introduce and congratulate our 2018 REGENERATE HERD Fellows!
University of New Mexico
Leiloni Begaye is an Indigenous women, originally from Dinétah in western terms “Navajo Nation” from a rural community of Greasewood Springs, Arizona. She is from the Coyote Pass Jemez clan, born for the Water Flow Together clan, her maternal grandfather is from the Red Running into the Water clan and her paternal grandfather is from the Red Bottom clan. She has a background in Natural Resources and Agriculture with an emphasis in Rangeland Science and currently a graduate student at University of New Mexico and studying her Master of Arts degree in Native American Studies. Her traditional upbringing instilled a great appreciation for her culture and language and she believes that sustaining our environment and land starts with communities to have healthy communities.
Southern SAWG, Tierra Negra Farms
Tavia Benjamin, an inquisitive and wandering soul, has deep love for their Black Southern roots, traditions, and foodways. With experience as an organizer, facilitator, trainer, and nonprofit professional, they enjoy bringing people from disparate backgrounds together with language, creative space making, and radically inclusive facilitation and connecting them to land. They have worked in the several issue areas, including: healthy food access, racial equity, land equity, queer mental health and transcending historical trauma. Figuring out how communities can heal and be their whole selves is what motivates and excites Tavia about working towards a more equitable and just world.
Bainbridge Vineyards, Full Tilth Farm
Bainbridge Island, WA
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I craved a slower pace and a smaller scale. I moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico to pursue my bachelors degree in art and fell in love with the warmth of the small town community. I relocated back to LA after graduation and decided to delve into the world of plants and agriculture. These new endeavors ignited a passion for sustainability, food equality in farming and my life. I can no longer imagine any other life/work that does not put me outside with the elements, the landscape, the food, and its people.
Oregon State University
I am a Rangeland Science Major and played football at Oregon State University. I have always wanted to ranch since I was a little kid, I came across regenerative agriculture three years ago and immediately knew I had found what I was looking for. I have been working at the OSU Beef Ranch as a student employee for the past year and was nominated by my department for a ranching internship that I completed this summer. I will be graduating after this fall quarter, I genuinely want a career involved in Regenerative Agriculture and hope to one day have my own ranch.
Abundant Generations LLC
Western Colorado University
Megan has split her time across the western U.S., spending time in California, Oregon, and Colorado. While in Oregon, she graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a Certificate in Sustainability Leadership. She is now a part of the Masters in Environmental Management program at Western Colorado University, where she works with Coldharbour Institute. Coldharbour hosts the Coldharbour Regenerative Network, a recently certified hub of the Savory Global Network. Megan is passionate about growing food (especially at high altitude!) and regenerating our food systems to be more holistic, inclusive, and equitable.
Wilber De La Rosa
Main Street Project, Tabula Rasa Farm
Is an Agronomist specialized in agricultural science and production. He is an expert in the management of crops (grains and vegetables) and in livestock management (animal production). He currently serves as Main Street Project’s Production Manager and is responsible for the proper management of all production undertaken by the organization, including chicken production (eggs and meat) and the production of crops (vegetables, grains and perennial crops). He is also responsible for collecting, processing, presenting, and reporting all production data. As a Hispanic immigrant, he believes that all people deserve fair access to food produced with high quality standards that promote food justice and good nutrition for all communities and cultures within this great country. Before joining Main Street Project, Wilber graduated as an Agronomist at the Adolfo V. Hall Civic Military Institute in Guatemala and as an Agronomist at the prestigious Pan-American Agricultural School El Zamorano in Honduras. He also worked as a generator of demand and technical assistance for two major companies; one operated nationally and the other was an international company, both within Guatemala.
DX Ranch, Intertribal Agriculture Council
Eagle Butte, SD
Kelsey Ducheneaux is the 4th generation of The DX Ranch on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. She is the owner of DX Beef, which offers locally raised beef for direct sale, and serves Project H3LP!, a nonprofit organization which utilizes horses to practice their Lifemanship philosophies with youth. Kelsey also works as the Natural Resources Director and Youth Programs Coordinator for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, which presents her with a unique opportunity to support the improvement of Indian lands for Indian peoples across the nation.
Fort Thompson, SD
My name is James Ellsworth, I am a second generation rancher from central South Dakota. My family and I operate a black angus cow-calf operation and a row crop operation. I work with my parents and my brother. I am a assistant manager with a preferred interest in the cattle side of things. I am also a recent graduate of South Dakota State University with an Animal Science major and Ag Business minor. Recently my family purchased a ranch near Wasta, SD. This is the main reason I am wanting to attend this conference. I would like to bring back new ideas and new way to better manage the grass and cattle on our new operation.
Oregon State University
Warren Wilson College
Cabriejo Ranch, Savory Hub
I help manage Cabriejo Ranch and Hub, our family ranch in the Missouri Ozarks. We raise Dorper/ Dorset ewes, stocker calves, working dogs and horses, and finished grassfed lambs. We are a 2018 Savory Influencer Hub Candidate. Both my father Trent and I are Accredited Field Professionals with the Savory Institute, and will be offering Ecological Outcome Verification services and consulting to industry producers.
University of New Mexico
I grew up on a farm in Hawai’i and later I worked summers home from college on my family’s new farm in Colorado raising pastured pigs (and two cows. And chickens. And a few horses. A donkey…). After graduating school, I was lucky enough to get a grant to allow me to intern in Sweden on a holistically managed sheep farm. I originally went to school to become a diplomat (swearing up and down along the way that I never wanted to farm). My degree is in Government and Environmental Studies. However, I came to realize that my true interest is soil and land. I am working towards working in policy and land remediation (currently working on classes to qualify for a Master’s program at Indiana University), and having a farm of my own.
Adam is the director of a small nonprofit called Refresh Appalachia, a social enterprise of Coalfield Development Corporation that is based in Southwestern West Virginia. He grew up on a small farm in Wayne County, West Virginia, where he worked alongside his grandfather in the garden and the greenhouses. After graduating high school, Adam moved to Berea, Kentucky. There he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Berea College. During that time, he worked on the college farm. He is an active member of the Wayne County Fair board and volunteers with 4-H.
Jacey Jessop is a recent South Dakota State University graduate where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs, with minors in Agriculture Business and Marketing. She grew up in central South Dakota where her family practices high-intensity rotational grazing with yearlings and cow/calf pairs. Jacey works full-time for the South Dakota Department of Tourism where she is able to promote agritourism within the state. She is grateful for the opportunity to attend the Regenerate Conference and learn more about the best practices of rangeland management as she begins to assist with the decision making on her family’s operation.
High Pine Produce
Hello! My name is Max and I have just wrapped up my third season of owning and running an organic veggie farm through an Incubator program outside of Durango, CO. I became interested in Regenerative agriculture after reading Mark Shepards “Restorative Agriculture” and have since then completed my PDC through Oregon State University as well as moved into a shipping container house on 35 acres. I am hoping to expand my production strategies in the future to incorporate integrated crop and animal systems in a dryland high desert environment. I also love the mountains!
Heart & Bones Hollow
Karen is both a UCC pastor and a farmer exploring the connections between spirituality and agriculture. She owns and operates Heart & Bones Hollow a small farm in central Virginia where she raises produce in a market garden and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs for pork. In addition to the farm, she and her partner Bones are raising two free range kids – Ella and Jake.
Heritage Belle Farms
James Ranch, Principia
I grew up on the James Ranch in Durango Colorado where we practice holistic management, as well as many regenerative practices. I am now attending Principia College in Elsah Illinois and am studying Biology, focused on Ecology and land management. I love what I grew up doing, and I hope to continue the life style!
I am grew up on a farm and ranch in SW North Dakota. I currently have a small cattle herd while I am interning as a Rangeland Management Specialist for the NRCS and finishing up a B.S. in Animal Science.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
About to graduate from UCCS with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, I’m eager to secure my next step. My viewpoints and work expertise are best defined by permaculture and perennial agriculture.
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
Hello! My name is Taylor Sanchez, I am an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University majoring in Range Science. I was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. During the school semester I work for Dr. Amy Ganguli as a research assistant, we work on various projects related to rangeland management. During the summer I have a Pathways internship with the USDA- NRCS. This past summer I worked for Team 4 in Las Vegas, NM. I enjoy working with private land owners by helping them improve their land and I am looking forward to continuing my education and broadening my horizons with organizations such as this.
Rock Bottom Ranch
I am a 24 year old female farmer and food-lover from the desert of Arizona. I went to the UofA for “Sustainable Plant Systems” where I begrudgingly learned all about fertilizers and pesticides. My passion was climate change and most of my learning happened outside on a student run compost farm. When I began working for a farm in Boulder, CO after college, I became hooked on the lifestyle and mission of regenerative agriculture. I have been traveling around the world ever since, learning how to be a responsible steward of the land and enjoying the delicious food that comes as a result.
Farmer, Vista Grande High School
Educator and Farmer in Norther New Mexico beginning regenerative agriculture practice with pasture, orchard and market gardening and sharing those practices with students.
We know responding in written form to a series of essay questions is not for everyone, nor does it mean you are any more or less qualified to be a stellar land steward. We are open to accepting your application in a number ways.
- Fill out the form below
- Call us at 505-820-2544 and talk to Arielle or Sarah
- Refer a friend, apprentice, or employee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “HERD Fellow Recommendation” and in the body of the email include the name, email, phone number and one or two sentences why this person would be a good fellow. We will call them to talk about the scholarship.
Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Applicants can will be notified no later than October 1 about the status of their applications.
We also offer a beginning rancher or farmer rate to our conference that is non-competitive. In other words, if you demonstrate you need it, we’ll give you a discount, you won’t be evaluated against anyone else. If you would like to get a discounted rate to attend the event, email email@example.com with the subject line, “Beginning Rancher / Farmer Rate for Regenerate Conference”. Include in the email your name, the name of the ranch or farm where you work, and a short paragraph about why attending will be valuable to you. We’ll send you a special registration link.
The application period for the 2018 HERD Fellowship Program is now closed. Applications are being reviewed and award notices will be sent out to all applicants by Monday, October 8th. Contact Arielle Quintana (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.