Academic Ceremonies - Commencement
Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Laws
Judith Buechner of Rupert, Vermont is a farmer, environmentalist, ecological entrepreneur, and advocate for the public interest. Her commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability, combined with her innovation and quiet leadership in the artisan cheese movement and the development of sustainable agricultural infrastructure, has helped to preserve and enhance the rural working landscape that makes Vermont the special place that it is.
As a partnership-builder, Judith Buechner quietly has led and energized land conservation collaborations throughout Vermont from the Mettawee Valley to the Hero Islands.
Beyond protecting the land, her compassion for working farm families and their animals led her to become one of the central activists creating and supporting programs and initiatives to keep farming viable here in Vermont. She is the parent of a UVM graduate and has been a prime mover behind many of the University’s agricultural initiatives, including the Small Ruminant Dairy Project and the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, two programs that have catalyzed the expansion of a nascent sheep and goat dairy farming movement and the related value-added cheese making operations which are critical underpinnings of Vermont’s long-term agricultural viability.
Through her commitment to lifelong learning and exploration, Judith Buechner has helped current and future farmers and eco-entrepreneurs to develop the competency for success as owners and stewards, as well as the wisdom and courage to “walk the talk” of sustainability.
Through her long-term vision, seventh-generation thinking, and passion for making a difference in her own terms, style, and scope, she has given back generously of her time and talents to our University and to all Vermonters. While she has shunned the limelight, preferring to observe the impact of her activism and community service in quiet anonymity, it has become impossible to hide her shining successes earned through decades of quiet leadership dedicated to preserving Vermont’s working landscape and improving the quality of life for Vermont’s citizens.
Judith Buechner is recognized for her reverence for the land and life-long learning, her cultivation of the University’s capacity to act sustainably, and her entrepreneurial stewardship which already has created a legacy of opportunity that will benefit future generations.Visionary, caring, and tireless, Judith Buechner has been a passionate advocate for farmers, land, learning, and the public interest: she embodies the best of Vermont’s indomitable rural character and philanthropic spirit.
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