Livestock Conservancy Ambassadors

To help carry our message to more people, the Conservancy has enlisted a group of Ambassadors to serve as spokespeople for Heritage breeds. These Ambassadors are well-known in their fields for outstanding accomplishments and are public figures, well-suited to carry The Livestock Conservancy’s message to the world.

Wendell Berry
Wendell has been a member of the Conservancy since 1986 and raises sheep and horses. He is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. According to him, the good life includes: sustainable agriculture, appropriate technologies, healthy rural communities, connection to place, the pleasures of good food, husbandry, good work, local economics, the miracle of life, fidelity, frugality, reverence, and the interconnectedness of life.


Ariane Daguin
Ariane is the founder of D’Artagnan, the “leading purveyor of organic poultry, game, foie gras, pâtés, sausages, smoked delicacies, and wild mushrooms to the nation.” She is on the board of City Harvest, and active in The American Institute of Wine & Food and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. Recognized in 1994 by The James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America,” Ariane is now a member of the Awards Committee. In 2005, Ariane received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Bon Appetit Magazine, and in September 2006, she was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur. She is founding president of Les Nouvelles Mères Cuisinières, an international association of prestigious women chefs. She delivered the keynote address at the Conservancy’s 2013 conference in North Carolina.

Katya Ekimian
Katya is a young knitwear designer who focuses on wool, specifically those from heritage breeds of sheep. Her interest in the fiber lead her to find work on a wool farm where she was exposed to every step of the process from caring for and shearing sheep to knitting the finished spun product. Ekimian was awarded the 2019 Woolmark Scholarship.

Isabella Rosselini
Isabella is best known as an actress and model, but she also lives on a farm on Long Island and raises goats, sheep, pigs, & Heritage chickens, grows organic vegetables, and produces honey and eggs. She recently published a children’s book My Chickens and I, describing her chickens to young readers and completed a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation. Local school groups sometimes visit the farm, where Isabella teaches them about the animals.

Antoinne Westermann
Antoinne is an acclaimed French chef, who maintained a three-star Michelin rating at his Le Buerehiesel restaurant for over 31 years, before asking for them to be removed. He currently owns and operates the restaurant "Le Coq Rico" in Paris and opened a second location in New York City in 2016, which focuses on highlighting the flavor diversity of oft-overlooked heritage breeds of poultry through simple dishes, expertly prepared.