MOSES: Nominations sought for the “2013 Moses Organic Farmer of the Year” award

Eric Hatling, Media & Outreach Coordinator
Phone 715-778-5775
Fax 715-778-5773
[email protected] | www.mosesorganic.org

Nominations sought for the “2013 Moses Organic Farmer of the Year” award

SPRING VALLEY, WI – The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is seeking nominations for the “MOSES 2013 Organic Farmer of the Year” award which will be presented at the 24th annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wis., February 21-23, 2013.

For the 11th year now, MOSES will recognize an outstanding organic farmer or farm family who are innovators; who excel in managing their farm resources such as soil, water, wildlife, and biodiversity; and who serve as educators and shining examples in their communities, and to the next generation of organic farmers.

Francis and Susan Thicke of Radiance Dairy in Fairfield, IA, received the 2012 Organic Farmer of the Year Award. The Thickes serve as the “community dairy” of Fairfield, marketing a variety of products from their 80-cow organic Jersey herd within four miles of the farm. “We felt very honored to receive the award because we know there are many creative and innovative organic farmers in the Midwest,” Francis said. “They all deserve recognition for what they do. I would encourage people to nominate outstanding organic farmers they know for the 2013 Organic Farmer of the Year.”

Anyone can nominate a farmer for the award. Nomination forms are available by calling the MOSES office at 715-778-5775 or at the MOSES website, www.mosesorganic.org/foy.html. All nominations are due by Sept. 15, 2012.

The MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year award is presented at the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, which had 3,100 attendees in 2012. It includes a cash gift of $500, full registration to the 2013 Organic Farming Conference, lodging during the conference, and a gift certificate redeemable at the conference book sales booth.

MOSES is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and education to farmers to encourage sustainable and organic agriculture. MOSES’s Organic Farming Conference, Farm Field Days, Farmer-to-Farmer mentoring program, and print and web-based resources help farmers grow organic successfully. To learn more, visit www.mosesorganic.org.