2023 EPCCD Farmer Conservationist of the Year
The El Paso County Conservation District is delighted to recognize the exceptional contributions of Daniel and Sonya Zimmerman of Good Steward Farms for their dedication and unwavering commitment to the principles of conservation and sustainable agriculture. The purpose of the Farmer Conservationist of the Year award is to distinguish individuals who exemplify excellence in conservation and agriculture, those who implement innovative practices, extend their reach to diverse audiences, foster new partnerships, disseminate the vital message of conservation, and serve as beacons of inspiration for fellow conservationists. The Zimmermans of Good Steward Farms personify these ideals in every facet of their work.
Good Steward Farms was born out of a desire to make a difference in a food system that has often been characterized as confused and broken and during an era characterized by mass production and industrial agriculture domination. Daniel and Sonya’s holistic approach to farming and their unwavering dedication to land stewardship have sparked a transformation in our local agricultural landscape. They have dedicated themselves to a tireless collaboration with nature and have embarked on a mission to nurture and cultivate healthy soil, which, in turn, yields nutrient-rich food. Their commitment to regenerative farming practices not only ensures the availability of fresh, locally grown produce but also serves as a testament to their unwavering dedication to sustainability.
Good Steward Farms is more than a name; it is a way of life and a commitment to nurturing the land that sustains us. Daniel and Sonya understand that our human biome is intricately linked to our ecological biome. Thus, they prioritize land stewardship; their dedication to responsible and ethical farming practices embodies the essence of our conservation work.
Daniel and Sonya Zimmerman have shown us that it is possible to feed both body and soul while preserving the precious resources of our planet for future generations. We hope you’ll agree that the profound impact they have had on our community and our broader understanding of the intricate dance between agriculture, conservation, and human well-being make them worthy candidates for the Farmer Conservationist of the Year award.
The El Paso County Conservation District presented the the preceding video to the CSCB Upper Arkansas Watershed Association on 21 Sept 2023 for their consideration to advance this nomination to the 2023 State competition.