Mahtowa man honored with sustainable farming awardJoel Rosen of Mahtowa was honored with the SFA Farmer Emeritus Award. The awards are presented yearly at the Leaders Breakfast during the SFA Annual Conference.
The Sustainable Farming Association (SFA), a farmer-to-farmer network, announced its 2012 award recipients Feb. 16 during its 22nd Annual Conference at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minn.
Joel Rosen of Mahtowa was honored with the SFA Farmer Emeritus Award. The awards are presented yearly at the Leaders Breakfast during the SFA Annual Conference.
John Mesko, SFA executive director, said the awards were implemented as a way for SFA’s board of directors to recognize the efforts of Minnesotans committed to sustainable agriculture.
“Our organization is committed to providing a vision and a direction for the sustainable agriculture movement,” Mesko said. “Our award winners have made a consistent long-term impact on the sustainability of our food and farming system. We are proud of our members’ efforts and accomplishments.”
Rosen, now retired, raised vegetables and livestock for many years at his farm. He spent more than a decade on the state SFA board of directors and has been a stalwart of the SFA Lake Superior Chapter. His nominator, Kelly Smith of Esko, said Rosen had been very generous in sharing wisdom about market gardening as well as preparing meals for events and organizing the Lake Superior chapter’s annual Harvest Festival, which annually draws thousands to Duluth.
The Sustainable Farming Association supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration, and education. For more information, visit www.sfa-mn.org.
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