Farmer of the Foodshed Awards

Each year, members of the Future Harvest community work together to nominate and award a “Farmer of the Foodshed” in the Chesapeake region and honor them at our annual conference. These farmers are leaders in the field. They are environmental stewards, who have shown longevity and continue to invest in the health of their land and community. They are the farmers that our beginning farmers aspire to be, and we are thrilled to recognize their contributions with this award.

Eligibility Requirements:

This farmer should be exemplary in at least three of the following criteria:
  • Profitability; strong business acumen
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Longevity (how long they have been farming)
  • Contributes to their community
  • Innovative
  • Shares knowledge with other farmers

The awardee must be a Future Harvest member at the time of the award, and unless there are extenuating circumstances, be able to attend the conference in College Park, Maryland January 18 – 20, 2024.

The awardee may not presently be on the Future Harvest Board of Directors or part of a farm owned by a board member or a coworker of a board member.

Past awardees:

  • Jack & Beckie Gurley, Calvert’s Gift Farm
  • Joan & Drew Norman, One Straw Farm
  • Forrest Pritchard, Smith Meadows
  • Ron Holter, Holterholms Farm
  • The Moutoux Family, Moutoux Orchard
  • The Mason Family, Mason’s Heritage Farm
  • Vic Priapi, Priapi Gardens
  • Denzel Mitchell, Strength to Love II
  • Aaron Cooper, Cutfresh Organics
  • Judy Gifford & Robert Fry, St, Brigid’s Farm
  • Sarah Rider & Tom Paduano, Flying Plow Farm
  • Renard & Chinette Turner, Vanguard Ranch
  • Heinz Thornet, Next Step Produce
  • Farmer Chippy, The Plantation at Park Heights
  • Rob Young, Young Harvests Farm
  • Darlene Goehringer, Pop’s Old Place
  • Barbara Lamborne & Dennis Fuze, Greenstone Fields
  • Eric & Lori Rice, Country Pleasures Farm/Willow Oak Craft Cider