2014 Michigan Family Farms Conference Award Winners
posted on January 24, 2014 2:46pm
Congratulations to our award winners, Marilyn Barber and Pedro and Adela Batista!
The first award given this year was a new one, in honor of a one of our founding team members - Dr. LeRoy Ray, Jr. The Dr. LeRoy Ray, Jr. Award will recognize 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. This year winner is Marilyn Barber. She is the Coordinator of Training for Earthworks Farm in Detroit. Marilyn has devoted herself to her passion - helping people in Detroit create urban farms. She believes supporting this mission will give people the chance to have their own business, work for themselves and their family’s future, and provide healthy food for their community. Marilyn has taught more than 50 people over the last 5 years, in a nine-month urban farming program. She is changing lives and changing the quality of food available in her community. Marilyn is also a dedicated supporter of MIFFS and our workshops. She has attended many throughout the years and uses the information that she learns to improve her teaching skills and outreach at Earthwork farm. We thank Marilyn for her hard work and commitment to local food, farming and community development. If you see Marilyn at a MIFFS workshop, or in your community, please congratulate her!
The second award give was the 2014 Family Farm of the Year award. Pedro and Adela Batista need to be recognized for their hard work producing healthy food for our communities. Pedro and Adela have been farming for more than 10 years. They grow many acres of blueberries and chestnuts. They are a true family farm, with their children participating in the farming operation. Pedro and Adela break all traditional notions of farming. Adela spends time on the tractor, while Pedro cooks lunch for the family. They are a great inspiration to us all! Thank you Pedro and Adela for your hard work and for setting a great example to us all. If you see Pedro or Adela, please congratulate them on this accomplishment!