[Market-farming] 2004 SARE Madden Award Winners

Sean McGovern outreach at sare.org
Thu Nov 4 12:54:47 EST 2004

Dear Friends:

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is pleased to announce that Jean-Paul Courtens, Peter Kenagy and Ron Macher are the winners of SARE's 2004 Patrick Madden Award contest, a biannual prize for producers who are not only profitable, but also value the environment and their communities. SARE is funded by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), USDA, and works with producers, researchers, and educators to promote farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities.

Jean-Paul Courtens, of Kinderhook, N.Y, runs one of the largest, most innovative community-supported agriculture farms in the country, raising more than 50 organic vegetables and distributing them to residents through an arrangement that allows people to buy "shares" in the farm in exchange for weekly deliveries of fresh produce. 

Albany, Ore., vegetable grower Peter Kenagy safeguards his land and the Willamette River through ambitious stewardship measures, such as conservation tillage, soil-saving cover crops and riverside buffers. 

Diversified vegetable and livestock producer Ron Macher of Clark, Mo., earns profits with his value-added meat, feed and open-pollinated corn and sells commodities like katahdin lamb, heirloom chicken and vegetables through diverse outlets. 

SARE's judging panel also recommended that more than 30 producers be recognized as honorable mentions in the contest. Visit http://www.sare.org/coreinfo/madden2004_winners.htm for a complete list of award winners, honorable mention recipients, and more information about each recipient's farming operation. Printed award booklets with profiles of award recipients are available for distribution at workshops, field days, or conferences. For a copy of this publication, send your name, shipping address, and the number of copies you would like to Mandy Rodrigues at san_assoc at sare.org.


Sean McGovern 
Sustainable Agriculture Network 
PO Box 82234 
Columbus, Ohio 43202 
fx: 614/421-2011 
outreach at sare.org 

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