Beginning Farmer of the Year Award
Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Upper Midwest CRAFT farmer alliance launched the Beginning Farmer of the Year award in 2013 in order to celebrate and promote new farmers growing for our local and sustainable food and farm economy. The winner of this award selects the Mentor Farmer of the Year, honoring an experienced farmer who generously provided mentoring at some time during their first ten years of startup. Beginning in 2016, these awards have been sponsored by the collaborating Farmer Alliances in Routes to Farm, serving beginning farmers across the greater Chicago foodshed. Each nominee must be a member of at least one of the Farmer Alliances on routes2farm.org. The winner of the 2017 Beginning Farmer of the Year Award and the Mentor Farmer of the Year were announced in the morning plenary of the Good Food Festival in Chicago on Friday, March 17.