Second Annual John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize!

Everyone  is Invited to Attend Harvest Dinner Fundraiser and Community Award Ceremony with Special Guest, Jim Hightower!

Sat. Dec. 8th 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) in Madison


Family Farm Defenders is pleased to announce the winners of its Second Annual John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize for 2012:  Nancy and Jeff Kirstein of Good Earth Farm in Lennox, SD and Tracy and Dick Vinz of Olden Produce in Ripon, WI.   Nancy and Jeff operate a 300 member CSA on 26 acres and are active in Dakota Rural Action.  Tracy and Dick also operate a 250 member CSA on their 100 acre farm and are involved in the Fox River Local Foods Network. 

The evening celebration will include a reception featuring artisanal cheese, crackers, craft wine and beer, followed by a harvest dinner of roasted vegetables, green salad, wild rice, and grassfed beef, plus dessert and fair trade coffee.

The evening’s program includes a welcome from John Kinsman, founder and president of Family Farm Defenders; remarks from special guest, well known Texas populist and radio commentator, Jim Hightower; and presentation of the awards by emcee and FFD board member, Tony Schultz.  Each winner will receive a $2000 cash award, along with a fair trade holiday gift basket.

On display throughout the evening will be photo slide show of food sovereignty in action highlighting the life of John Kinsman and his work with Family Farm Defenders.  The fundraiser will also include a silent auction featuring local foods, books, t-shirts, giftboxes and other donated items.

Tickets for the harvest dinner and award dinner are still available by contacting the FFD office, 1019 Williamson St. #B, Madison, WI  53703  tel. #608-260-0900.   Tickets purchased in advance are $50 each ($60 at the door)  – $35 for low income, children are free with an adult.

Sponsors of the farmer awards are also being sought and will be acknowledged in the evening program.  FFD is a 501 c(3) non profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

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