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Monday, November 18, 2019

Michigan Family Farms Conference Awards Nominations

Hello Farm to School!

The Michigan Family Farms Conference is seeking nominations for the conference awards, and I know you are all connected to some pretty amazing folks. Please consider submitting a nomination or sharing this with your networks so we can make sure to recognize a Farmer of the Year, Food System Leader of the Year, and Courageous Catalyst at the 2020 conference. Nominations can be for groups as well, not just for individuals.

You can submit nominations using the google form:

You can also access it from our website:

Here are descriptions of the awards:

Farmer of the Year:
This award recognizes a farmer(s) who have put their heart and 110 percent of their time and effort into their farming enterprises and their communities, are leader among small-scale farmers and incorporate the best management practices of agriculture entrepreneurs.

Dr. LeRoy Ray, Jr. Award, Food System Leader
This award recognizes a Food System Leader who also is working within their community to teach their community, challenge their community members to reach their full potential, and to recognize the daily passion this food system leader has that is bringing about positive change in their community.

Morse Brown Award, Courageous Catalyst:
This award recognizes an individual who is courageous, daring, bold, gutsy, spirited, plucky, audacious, dauntless, fearless...not deterred obstacles. And who is a catalyst promoter, facilitator, stimulator, organizer, advocate, activist, sponsor, supporter...a person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy and causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, or energetic.

Let me know if you have any questions!

John McCarthy

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