Seeking Farmer Nominations

John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize

Seeking Farmer Nominations for the 2017 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize!

Please Spread the Word – Deadline for Nominations is Jan. 16th!

Family Farm Defenders is urgently seeking nominations and sponsors for the 2017 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize! The Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize is named after FFD founder and longtime president, John Kinsman, who dedicated his life to advocating for family farming and to promoting food sovereignty. John passed away in Jan. 2014, and Family Farm Defenders is proud to continue this award in his honor and to further his legacy.

The criteria to be nominated include:

Engaged in own farm for less than 5 years       

Small scale livestock and/or vegetable and/or fruit production

Market products locally

Practice sustainable management of natural resources

Promote healthy soil

Conserve biodiversity

Support food sovereignty principles

Winners of the prize will be honored at an award dinner in held in conjunction with the Food Sovereignty Symposium and Celebration at UW-Madison on Sat. March 11th, 2017.

Winners will receive a cash award, as well as travel/lodging expenses to attend the event. 

Please send name(s) and complete contact information of your nominee(s) by Jan. 16th 2017 to: Family Farm Defenders PO Box 1772 Madison, WI 53701  Fax. 608-260-0900 or email: 

Nominees will be contacted separately to fill out a more detailed application.

Sponsors of this year’s prize are also most welcome! Sponsors of the 2017 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize will also receive mention in the celebration program, and any sponsorship donation over $100 will also receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the award banquet.

Family Farm Defenders is a tax-deductible non-profit national grassroots activist organization made up of farmers and concerned consumers with members in all 50 states. It is our belief that healthy safe accessible food is a basic human right and that all communities should be able to control their own food/farm system. We are seeking ways to bring fair prices back to farmers and to insure a safe and sustainably produced food for consumers. Tax deductible donations to “Family Farm Defenders” can be sent to the address above.  You can also make an online donation through Razoo on our website:

Thanks for your support of food sovereignty and please spread the word!

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