Land Ethic Mentorship

As a beginner, military veteran or disadvantaged farmer or rancher, you know there is a learning curve when it comes to adopting certain land management changes and conservation practices. 

What if you could have access to a reliable network of experienced conservation mentors to guide you?

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The Land Ethic Mentorship is a free opportunity for historically underserved farmers and ranchers who would like access to a conservation mentor to help answer questions about land management. Sand County Foundation’s Leopold Conservation Award recipients serve as program mentors and look forward to helping participants navigate state and federal agricultural conservation programs.

Mentees will:

* have timely access to these conservation champions.

* receive technical support and mentorship on navigating USDA conservation programs and practices. 

* have access to field days and webinars designed to meet their agricultural, conservation, and professional goals. 


Land Ethic Mentorship Profile: Carla Kenney and Carmen McKee

Land ethic mentorship profile: Jon Bednarski, James Burch, & Soonnyoung Min

Meet the Mentees:

Carla Kenney

Jean Lam

Carmen McKee

Dolores Miller

Tiffany Schilling

Meet the Mentors: click here.

Meet the Land Ethic Mentorship Advisory Team: click here.

For a Field to Market Featured Webinar: click here

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Land Ethic Mentorship Profile: Ron Brooks, Archer Meier, and Marlo Stein

Questions about sponsoring or participating in the program? Email Nikki D'Adamo-Damery at

Paul Muller of Full Belly Farms in California shares his commitment to conservation mentorship

Partners & Sponsors

A $250,000 Conservation Collaboration Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funded Sand County Foundation’s two-year pilot project in 2020 to promote conservation outreach by its award recipients. A 2022 grant from the USDA NRCS Outreach and Partnerships Division provided additional funding to build upon the program’s momentum. The “Conservation Outreach: Equity through Cooperative Agreements” grant will amplify the program’s initial reach and impact.