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
- Raises organic grain crops and 1,000 hogs annually on 410 acres
- Started collective bargaining, marketing agency
- Prairie restoration, terracing, tree plantings
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
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
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
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