Family Farm Defenders is urgently seeking nominations and sponsorships for the 2020 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize!

Do you know an aspiring farmer that embodies the principles of food sovereignty in their work?

Are you eager to celebrate such a beginning farmer through supporting a grassroots community award?

In memory of legendary organic pioneer and food sovereignty advocate, John Kinsman (who passed away in Jan. 2014), Family Farm Defenders has now awarded over a dozen prizes in his honor, and you can be part of this amazing effort!

Anyone can submit a beginning farmer nomination!

Criteria include:

  • Engaged in farming for less than five years
  • Focus on small-scale vegetable, fruit, and/or livestock
  • Market products locally
  • Practice sustainable management of natural resources
  • Promote healthy soil and conserve biodiversity
  • Support food sovereignty principles

The deadline to submit 2020 prize nominations

is Mon. Jan. 20th (MLKJ Day)!

All nominated farmers will receive a follow-up application and a committee will then review all submitted applications. Final winner(s) will then be recognized at a community award banquet to be held later in the spring as part of the 2020 Family Farm Defenders Annual Meeting (details pending).

Those who make a contribution towards the celebration will also be officially recognized as sponsors in publicity, and anyone who donates $200 or more will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the award banquet and prize ceremony! All donations to FFD are tax deductible.

To submit a nomination and/or provide a sponsorship, please contact:

FFD, P.O. Box 1772, Madison, WI 53701

Checks can be made out to “Family Farm Defenders” with “JK Prize” in the memo line.

Credit card donations can also be made through our website:

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

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