"Herd Fellow" Scholarship Program
With the expanding generosity of our donors from The Herd, Butcher Box, White Oak Pastures,
and Michigan State University, we had another wonderful class of “Herd Fellow” scholars at the
2017 Grassfed Exchange in Albany, NY. The Herd Fellows are young daughters, sons, interns
and military veterans with an aspiration to become regenerative grassland farmers and
ranchers. Through the generous support of our sponsors, we were able to give 33 scholars
financial support to attend the conference. Check out this fun tribe!
And you’ll even see a few of them crop up in this video from the conference.
Stay Tuned for 2018 Information.
We’re already working hard on plans to continue this exciting program for the 10 th Anniversary
Grassfed Exchange in Rapid City, SD on June 20-22, 2018. Check back in the coming weeks and
months for information on how to apply.
Become a Sponsor
If you have an interest in sponsoring one or more of these fabulous young people for 2018,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Diana Grenawalt (Beloit, WI):
“Thank you so much for choosing me to attend the conference. As I am riding the bus home my
mind is alive with ideas. This is a stark difference from my trip down. I was so tired and hopeless
for our farming community - and for our own personal success as farmers.
Being a Herd Fellow at the Grassfed Exchange conference was nothing like what expected. I was
prepared to be a face in the crowd and come home with a few new ideas. Because of being a
herd fellow I was introduced to so many influential individuals - from traditional farmers and
ranchers looking a change, to brilliant scientists, to already successful direct marketers - have
never felt so welcome by a group of people.
Thank you for putting me in the position where I needed to switch on my brain again. From this,
it is my mission to go home and network with my friends who have lost hope in farming. My
goal is to help stop the death of the family farm in our area. I hope I can make a tiny ripple.
All I can say is - you all 'did good' :)
From John Filbrun (West Alexandria, OH):
“Thank you so much for all your efforts in making it possible for each of us to come! As you get opportunity share our deepest gratitude with each of the sponsors and everyone else that made the opportunity possible!
I am so grateful that I was able to attend the grass-fed exchange for the first time. I was very blessed to be able to learn from and connect with people that are further down the path of regenerative agriculture it was so very helpful and I felt like I come home with so much to apply.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
From Sadie Bolz (Chadron, NE):
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity to be a Herd Fellow this year at the GFX. I met many amazing folks that are really impacting our industry on a daily basis. I also really enjoyed the Herd Fellow banquet! It was fantastic to make contacts and friends with others my age that are striving to be involved in the industry.
All three days was like a fire hose of information! I loved it.
Thank you so much for the opportunity, all the hard work and effort you put forth in allowing me to come and glean wisdom from the "powerhouse" folks!
Can't wait to see you in Rapid City.”
From Mariah and David Boatright (Booneville, MO):
“David and I thoroughly enjoyed Grassfed Exchange this past week. We learned so much from each of the speakers and the farms we visited. We also met many individual people and created many relationships that, I believe, will be tremendously helpful as we continue to pursue our grassfed farming dream. Gaining those special contacts is absolutely priceless.
We could not thank you and the board of Grassfed Exchange enough for the generous scholarship we received. Our trip to Albany would not have happened without your support of us as young farmers.
Thank you for catering to us and providing a special evening for us on Wednesday!
We had a wonderful trip home (I was even able to sit next to a fellow Grassfed attendee on the airplane and discuss our time there!) We were eager to get home and tell our friends and family about the great experience we had and all the things we learned. The Grassfed Exchang has given us encouragement to keep going. After attending the conference, I gained a stronger sense of confidence of why we do what we do. We are eager to keep learning and growing our operation. We hope to attend Grassfed Exchange in the years to come.
It's because of people like you and those apart of Grassfed Exchange that keep us going!
Again, thank you, so very much for making it possible for David and I to attend. It was truly a blessing to us and our farm.”
The Honor Roll
Below are our past Herd Fellows:
Emily Arensman (Rutherford College, NC)
Dennis Atiyeh (Schnecksville, PA)
Tim Auld (Lockhart, TX)
Lacey Barker (Waynoka, OK)
Mariah Boatright (Boonville, MO)
David Boatright (Boonville, MO)
Michael Bolster (Fort Plain, NY)
Shawna Burhans (Los Molinos, CA)
Sadie Bolze (Chadron, NE)
Kyle Brisendine (Homer, MI)
Kohl Carter (Lexington, VA)
Jeffrey Cramer (Tennille, GA)
John Filbrun (West Alexandria, OH)
Nicolas De Gregorio (Glen Ridge, NJ)
Ashley Greenhaigh (Guide Rock, NE)
Diana Grenawalt (Beloit, WI)
Chris Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Nicole Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Sophia Hoss (Sisseton, SD)
Caleb Kress (Hudson, NY)
Isaiah Clark Jones (Prophetstown, IL)
Craig Allan Livsey (Morrisonville, NY)
Nicholas Robert Nelson (Midland, MI)
Natasha Paris (Green Lake, WI)
Ashley Pierce (Worcester, NY)
Carter Powell (Washburn , ND)
Anne Preston (Shelburne Falls, MA)
Eliana Kate Riemer (Brodhead, WI)
Kyle Runkle (Lambertville, NJ)
Lori Schnoor (Maquoketa, IA)
Nicole Scott (Valley Cottage, NY)
Paul Tilyer (Canterbury, NH)
Isaac Welsh (Brodhead, WI)
Dennis Atiyeh (Ithaca, NY)
Sam Bass (Paden, OK)
Jesse Beiler (Narvon, PA
Sara Bronkema (Holland, MI)
Melissa Clark (Oklahoma City, OK)
Liz Cunningham (Jordan Valley, OR)
Sean Cunningham (Jordan Valley, OR)
Jonny De Jong (Slocomb, AL)
James Doyle (Piedmont, SD)
Austin Effling (Britton, SD)
Loren Fisk (Cavour, SD)
Kevin Fray (Carlotta, CA)
Christina Giordani (Hailey, ID)
Ty Hughston (McBain, MI)
Cathryn Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Christopher Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Nicole Jennings (The Plains, VA)
Michelle Katuna (Palcines, CA)
Jon Lee (Coon Valley, WI)
JC McDonald (Wilcox, AZ)
Jodie Oldham (Spokane, WA)