Farmers’ Almanac 2017 Farmer of the Year Winners
Last year, when we announced our Farmer of the Year contest, we didn’t realize how genuinely inspired we would be by the stories of people who not only dedicate their lives to an occupation that’s often overlooked and overworked, but who also have such passion for growing and taking care of the animals and the land that feeds the world. We read about farmers who were still farming well into their 90s, as well as people who recently made farming a way of life.
This did make judging tough, as there were so many tales of exemplary farmers who are all deserving of recognition and appreciation. Our judges consisted of members of our Farmers’ Almanac staff as well as representatives from the American Farm Bureau.
We judged the entries on the following criteria: tradition, innovation, community involvement, and inspiration. After much consideration and discussion, we chose the following three farmers whom we believe exemplify outstanding farming practices, tradition, and innovation. Their stories aslo appear in the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac.
Meet the winners, starting on page 2!