Land Ethic Mentorship

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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.

“Historically underserved farmers and ranchers face many challenges. Knowing someone to ask about a conservation practice can build confidence and have a lasting impact,” said Dick Cates, a Wisconsin farmer who received the Leopold Conservation Award in 2013.

Want to sponsor or participate in the program? Contact Nikki D'Adamo-Damery at

For a list of the conservation mentors: click here.

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

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

"The rich diversity of the world's cultures reflects a corresponding diversity in the wilds that gave them birth." -- Aldo Leopold

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. With a 2022 "Conservation Outreach: Equity through Cooperative Agreements.", the Outreach and Partnerships Division within the USDA-NRCS is providing funding to build upon the program's momentum to amplify the reach and impact.

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