MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year

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.

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2016 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year

Steve Pincus and Beth Kazmar
Tipi Produce

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Steve Pincus, Beth Kazmar, and their children, Ari and Sophie

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.


Madison market farmers take home 2016 Organic Farmers of Year award
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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.
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Past Winners

Farmer of Year

2015: Mary and Greg Reynolds

2014: The Podoll Family

2014: The Podoll Family

 

2013 FOY

2013: Charlie Johnson

2012: Francis and Susan Thicke

2012: Francis and Susan Thicke

2011: The Vetter Family

2011: The Vetter Family

2010: The Fisher-Merritt Family

2010: The Fisher-Merritt Family

2009: Tom and Irene Frantzen

2009: Tom and Irene Frantzen

2008: The Zimmer Family

2008: The Zimmer Family

2007: Dave and Florence Minar

2007: Dave and Florence Minar

2006: Stan Schutte

2006: Stan Schutte

 

 

2005: Carmen and Sally Fernholz

2005: Carmen and Sally Fernholz

2004: Martin and Atina Diffley

2004: Martin and Atina Diffley

2003: Linda Halley and Richard de Wilde

2003: Linda Halley and Richard de Wilde

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