The Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award
The Eric Rozendaal Memorial Fund was created through contributions from Eric’s family and friends and is managed by the Vermont Land Trust. The fund provides an annual award to a farmer who honors the legacy of Eric Rozendaal — thoughtful, creative, and entrepreneurial. An overview of the award can be found here.
Applications will be accepted between January 1 and June 30 for each year’s award. Update: The deadline to be considered for the 2020 award is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 18. Applications received after this date will be asked to resubmit during the next application window. One $5,000 award will be announced at each of the Vermont Land Trust’s annual meetings from 2019 through 2028.
The applicant must be a resident of Vermont, be actively managing or working on a commercial farm operation in Vermont, and have not received the award in the past. The applicant does not have to be a farm owner. Current VLT staff, VLT Board members, members of the Selection Committee and the immediate family members* of VLT staff, VLT Board members and members of the Selection Committee are not eligible to apply.
Applicants are eligible to reapply in subsequent years if they have not been selected as an awardee, and are encouraged to reapply.
*For this award, immediate family members are defined as spouse, civil union partner, parent, sibling, child or any other relative residing in the applicable party’s household.
Applicants will certify that they understand that VLT will publicize the award and awardees, and, if chosen as an awardee, they agree to cooperate in reasonable publicity initiated by VLT, including print publications, press releases, website posts and social media.
We have chosen to focus the 2020 award on farmers who exemplify Eric Rozendaal’s values of giving back and entrepreneurism, specifically related to the pandemic and issues of racial injustice in Vermont. Please highlight the farm’s response to those issues in your application.
- Land stewardship: A demonstrated commitment to practices that support soil health and conservation of natural resources.
- Giving back: Through mentorship, community engagement, and other means, a commitment to finding ways to give back to local communities and to the broader community of farmers in Vermont.
- Entrepreneurism: A demonstrated ability to innovate through the introduction of new farm products or the development of new markets for farm products.
- Use of the funds: A clear description of recent or planned project(s) on the farm related to the award criteria that the funds can support. (Please note that funds do not need to be used for a new project created for the purposes of the award, and can be applied toward an existing/ongoing effort or one that has been recently completed.)
The first set of questions pertains to the applicant’s award eligibility, while the remaining questions provide space to describe the business and how its activities fit with the award criteria. If you would like to review a PDF version of the application, please click here.
If you are unable to complete the application online or have other questions, please contact Rasna Dhillon at (802) 262-1241 and an alternative application method will be provided.
Photos of Eric and his farm courtesy of photographer Natalie Stultz.