Local farmers, Tommy and Samantha Enright of Black Rabbit Farm just outside of Amherst, have won the John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize from the Family Farm Defenders (FFD) foundation. The Enrights told the Spirit, “We’re deeply honored to receive this award and are very fortunate to be part of such a supportive community.”
The Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize is named after FFD founder and longtime president, John Kinsman, who dedicated his life to advocating for family farming and food sovereignty. John passed away in January, 2014, but Family Farm Defenders continues this award in his honor and to further his legacy.
In order to be eligible for the award a farm must have been farming for less than five years and raise small-scale livestock and/or vegetable/fruit production. It must also market its products locally, practice sustainable management of natural resources, promote healthy soil, conserve biodiversity, and support food sovereignty principles.
The Enrights will be honored in person at an award dinner ceremony to be held on April 7 in Baraboo, and will receive a cash prize of $2000.
Black Rabbit Farm sells at the Stevens Point Farm Market and Appleton Farm Market. It specializes in raising pastured rabbit, chicken, hogs and goats, and also grows mixed vegetables. The farm’s products contain no growth hormones, herbicides, pesticides or antibiotics. For more information, visit Black Rabbit Farm on Facebook, or call the Enrights at 715-513-0460.