This award recognizes organic farmers who practice outstanding land stewardship, innovation and outreach. The award is presented at the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference at the end of February in La Crosse, Wis.
The nomination period for the 2017 award has closed. The winner will be announced at the MOSES Conference KickOff Thursday, Feb. 23.
2016 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year
Steve Pincus and Beth Kazmar
Tipi Produce is a 76-acre certified organic farm that has been located just outside Evansville since 2001. Pincus, Kazmar and their loyal workers grow vegetables for food co-ops in Madison and Milwaukee, and have nearly 500 members who receive produce boxes weekly through the farm’s CSA (community supported agriculture), which runs from April to November.
The couple has done a lot of work to improve the farm’s soil so that it can yield nutrient-rich organic produce. That commitment to organic soil-building is one of the reasons Pincus and Kazmar have received this award. Another reason is their dedication to nurturing the next generation of organic farmers. They have a loyal crew of farmhands and maintain that loyalty by paying workers a living wage.
They have also shared their farming experience with other organic farmers through field days and at conferences, such as the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. In addition, they’ve conducted many research projects on their farm in cooperation with University of Wisconsin researchers.
Longtime organic farmers Steve Pincus and Beth Kazmar of Tipi Produce in Evansville, Wis. (near Madison) are the 2016 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes organic farmers who practice outstanding land stewardship, innovation and outreach. Read more.