The 2002 Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture
SARE’s Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture recognizes farmers or farm families who advance sustainable agriculture through innovation, leadership and good stewardship. The award is named for SARE's first director, Patrick Madden, who was a pioneer in the movement toward a strong, independent agriculture.
Trantham's Dairy Farm/Happy Cow Creamery, Pelzer, S.C.
- Seventy-five milking cows on 70-acre grass-based dairy
- 25 paddocks ranging from 2.5 to 3.2 acres with multiple forages
- New milk processing plant produces milk for on-site sales
"The beauty of this kind of dairying is that, every day, you wake up with more ideas you want to try."
- Raises organic grain crops and 1,000 hogs annually on 410 acres
- Started collective bargaining, marketing agency
- Prairie restoration, terracing, tree plantings
"When you use organic practices, you expend significantly fewer dollars to produce a crop. And if there is a premium, you're that much farther ahead."
Alex and Betsy Hitt
Peregrine Farm, Graham, N.C.
- Intensive vegetable and cut flower production on five acres
- Sales to farmers market, specialty store, restaurants, guaranteeing premium prices
- 10-year farm rotation: 57 kinds of flowers, 60 varieties of vegetables
"Each year has been the best we've ever had. We reduced our dependence on outside labor and now raise the crops we like best."
Kea'au Banana Plantation, Hilo, Hawaii
- 800 acres of bananas on two plantations
- Long-term view, minimizing agri-chemicals, erosion and water use
- "Eco-friendly" labels; crew of 70 workers enjoy profit-sharing
"I had a philosophy that we should take a long-term view of how we affect our workers, our community and the environment. So far, this also has meant profitability for our company."
Thompson's Berry Farm, Boring, Ore.
- 140 acres of strawberries, raspberries, cauliflower and broccoli
- All produce sold at farm stand or at area farmers markets
- Crop rotations, flowering species attract beneficial insects
- Educational seasonal events for school children, residents
"Instead of seeing my farm as a secluded hideaway, I am getting the community involved, bringing them to see our principles in action."
Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens
Penn Yan, N.Y.
- Organic grain and processing vegetables on 1,300 acres
- Diverse, long-term rotations for pest management and soil fertility
- Founded organic feed and seed business, expanding markets for N.Y. growers
"Successful organic farming involves much more than simply the avoidance of certain prohibited materials."