Save the Date – Sat. Nov. 14th ! FFD Annual Meeting & 2020 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize!

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Featuring this year’s winners: Catatumbo Cooperative Farm in Chicago! – as well as tribute to longtime FFD activist, Randy Jasper, who recently passed away due to COVID 19, success stories from previous prize winners and photos, plus a celebration of the legacy of FFD founder and grassroots food sovereignty champion, John Kinsman, through photos and reflections from his friends and family.

Named after a unique lightning phenomenon in Venezuela, Jazmin Martinez, Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, and Viviana Moreno founded Catatumbo Cooperative Farm in 2008 after attending the Black and Latinx Farmer Immersion Program hosted by Soul Fire Farm. Being queer immigrants with strong family histories tied to agriculture and displacement, they came into vegetable CSA farming after many years of campus organizing, immigrant rights work, and environmental justice activism. Among their food sovereignty goals are building intentional relationships with other farmers of color and advocating for communal land stewardship versus individual property ownership.

To quote from their prize winning essay: “We strive to share our knowledge and resources whenever feasible because we believe by building a strong network of support we are helping to build stronger communities, working from a framework where collaboration and diversity builds abundance, resilience and understanding, reshaping our relationships to each other into ones of solidarity and care towards past and future members of our communities, human and non-human alike.”

In recognition of their success, Catatumbo Cooperative Farm received a $2000 award and joined a long list of other proud winners of the prize named in honor of John Kinsman, founder and longtime president of Family Farm Defenders who passed away at age 87 on MLKJ Day, 2014. John Kinsman was not only an early pioneer of organic grass-based dairying in the Midwest, but was also a tireless champion of civil rights, social justice, and food sovereignty both in the U.S. and around the world.

Previous John Kinsman prize winners – some of which will be joining this year’s virtual award celebration – include: in 2011: Lindsey Morris Carpenter of Grassroots Farm, near Monroe, WI, and Daniel and Hannah Miller of Easy Yoke Farm near Millville MN; in 2012: Nancy and Jeff Kirstein, Good Earth Farm, Lennox SD and Tracy and Dick Vinz, Olden Produce, Ripon, WI; in 2014: Blain Snipstal of Five Seeds Farm near Sparks, MD and Jed Schenkier and Will Pool of Loud Grade Produce Squad in Chicago, IL; in 2015: Carsten Thomas from Moorhead, MN and Emmet Fisher and Cella Langer with Oxheart Farm near Mt. Horeb, WI; in 2016: Donald (Jahi) Ellis from Vidalia, GA and Polly Dalton and Oren Jakobson with Field Notes Farm near Custer, WI, in 2017 Eduardo Rivera of Sin Fronteras Farm near Stillwater, MN; in 2018 Tommy and Samantha Enright of Black Rabbit Farm near Amherst, WI and Craig and Lauren Kreutzel of Meadowlark Farm near Wonewoc, WI; and in 2019 Curtis Whittaker of Faith Farms in Gary, IN and Joseph & Abbie Monroe and Caleb & Kelly Fiechter of Valley Spirit Farm in Campbellsburg, KY.

Both events are free, though tax deductible donations to support this year’s prize, as well as future ones, are most welcome. Sponsors will be mentioned in publicity and any donation over $50 will receive a FFD t-shirt, as well! Donations can be made by check to: FFD, P.O. Box 1772, Madison, WI 53701 or via credit card on our website:

Thanks for supporting community food sovereignty!

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