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2014 Quivira $20,000 Clarence Burch Award Call for Applications!


Thanks to Andy Dunigan and the Dunigan Family for donating the funds, we are pleased to offer the Clarence Burch Award for the 13th year.

This award is chosen by the Quivira Coalition Board of Directors to honor Clarence Burch, an innovative and enterprising rancher who courageously embraced new ideas and methods of caring for the land and its stewards.

The award recognizes individuals or organizations who lead by example in promoting and accomplishing outstanding stewardship of private and/or public lands that are consistent with the mission of the Quivira Coalition: to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes through education, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship.

The 13th Clarence Burch Award will be presented at a dinner ceremony Friday evening, November 14, 2014, at the conclusion of the 2014 Quivira Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

If you, or someone you know, meets the criteria, we invite your application or nomination for the Clarence Burch Award.(Some recipients apply for several years before they have been chosen for the award. Don't hesitate try again.)

Clarence Burch Award Criteria

Read more about Clarence Burch and past awardees

2014 Quivira Conference!

Wednesday - Friday, November 12-14

Conference Information and Rates

List of Speakers

In this conference we will emphasize agricultural and conservation practices that are "old and yet new" - and have some fun doing it!

The UN designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming and tasked it with the goal of raising the profile of family farmers (and ranchers) and the significant role they play in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, and protecting the environment. Speakers include; Dorn Cox, Fred Kirschenmann, Winona LaDuke, Bill McDonald, Jo Robinson and others who represent the diversity of the regenerative agriculture movement around the globe.

Join us for three days of inspiring presentations and conversations, including two workshops on day one; wetlands restoration in working landscapes, featuring Bill Zeedyk, and how to build soil through planned grazing, taught by Gabe Brown and his son Paul.

The time for Back to the Future thinking is now!

Mail-in Registration Form

Gabe Brown and Bill Zeedyk back by popular demand at the 2014 Quivira Conference

Wednesday, November 12:

Gabe Brown will return to this years' conference with his son, Paul to share their experiences of taking a degraded ranch and regenerating it through Holistic Practices in a half-day workshop in the afternoon! Read more...

Bill Zeedyk will address wetlands restoration in working landscapes along with a great line-up of speakers in a full day workshop.

From New Agrarian Program Director, Virginie Pointeau:

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We are very pleased to introduce two of this year's FOUR New Agrarian Program trainees.

Samantha Bradford arrived at the San Juan Ranch from Waveland, Mississippi.

Justine Sanfilippo, 2014 apprentice at James Ranch Artisan Cheese, hails from Syracuse, New York.

We are thrilled to havimg them on board for 2014, and will share updates as the season progresses. Meanwhile, Shalini Karra--5-month intern with the San Juan Ranch, and Claire Persichetti--7-month apprentice with James Ranch Artisan Cheese, are both en route to their respective mentor ranches.

If you are interested in applying for a New Agrarian Program apprenticeship, please visit the New Agrarian Program link above for the participating ranches. Applications are typically posted in the late fall, with due dates December-January, and start-dates February-March.