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Vermont Land Trust to give out outstanding farmer award

February 2, 2020 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Land Trust is giving a $5,000 award to a Vermont farmer who exemplifies land stewardship, giving back, and entrepreneurial farming.

The deadline for applications for the Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award is June 30, the Bennington Banner reported. Rozendaal, who died in 2018 at age 51, was a pioneer in the farm-to-plate movement in Vermont and one of the first to sell directly to restaurants, stores and hospitals, the Land Trust said. He also enhanced his farm’s soil, built relationships with customers and farm workers and shared his knowledge with others, the group. said

His family and friends raised money to create the award in his honor.

The award will be given out each year through 2028.

Corie Pierce of Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne and South Burlington was the first recipient of the award last year.