We launched the Jack Lazor Memorial Soil Health Stewards program in the spring of 2021 to honor the legacy and wisdom of Jack Lazor, an organic farming leader and the co-founder of Butterworks Farm, who passed away in November 2020. This learning cohort promotes farmer-to-farmer education and relationship building in an effort to address both shorter-term soil health improvement strategies, as well as long-term systems change.
The inaugural cohort of livestock and dairy farmers expanded their knowledge regarding soil health through soil testing, peer-to-peer discussion, on-farm visits, and more.
Two new cohorts were launched in the winter of 2023: one cohort for diversified livestock farms and one for small-scale, intensively cultivated vegetable farms. Both are intended for intermediate to advanced farmers who are excited about farmer-to-farmer learning focused on soil health and climate resilience.
Applications for the 2023 cohorts are currently closed. If you would like to be contacted when the next round of applications is open, please click below to complete a brief form to express your interest in the program.
- Directly address soil health on Vermont farms
- Increase knowledge of soil health, climate resilience, and innovative practices to support long-term farm viability
- Facilitate farmer-to-farmer educational opportunities for farmers to learn from and with each other
- Seed a network of soil health stewards across Vermont who will contribute to educating others through mentorship and on-farm education about soil health practices
- Continue to bring farmer voices into soil health advocacy work