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

Do you know an aspiring farmer that embodies the principles of food sovereignty in their work? Do you want to honor 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 celebration effort!

Family Farm Defenders is urgently seeking nominations and sponsorships for the 2021 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize!

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 2021 prize nominations is Fri. Oct. 22nd!

All those nominated will receive a follow-up application and a committee will then review submitted applications. Final winner(s) will then be recognized at an online award ceremony to be held later in the fall as part of the 2021 Family Farm Defenders Annual Meeting (details pending).


Those who make a $100+ contribution towards the prize will also be officially recognized as sponsors in publicity and will receive a complimentary FFD holiday giftbox!  All donations to FFD are tax deductible.


To submit a nomination and/or inquire about sponsorship, please  or call #608-260-0900


Donation checks can be made out to “Family Farm Defenders” with “JK Prize” in the memo line and mailed to:  FFD, P.O. Box 1772, Madison, WI  53701


Secure credit card donations can also be made through Mighty Cause on our website:


Further information about the prize can also be found on our website at:


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


Family Farm Defenders
Contact: John E. Peck, executive director
Address: P.O. Box 1772, Madison, WI 53701
Phone and FAX: 608-260-0900