North Dakota seed and grain farmers, David, Ginger, Dan and Theresa Podoll of OSGATA member Prairie Road Organic Seed were named the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) 2014 Organic Farmers of the Year at the 25th MOSES Organic Farming Conference.
Based in Fullerton, ND, Prairie Road Organic Seed, is dedicated to sustainability and resilience. The Podoll family continually selects their open-pollinated cultivars for quality and performance in organic systems. They esteem earliness, hardiness, pest and disease tolerance, while still prioritizing flavor.
MOSES Executive Director Faye Jones said of the award, “Organic farming is about stewardship…the Podolls showcase the values integrated in certified organic production: stewardship of soil, water and other natural resources while supporting diversity in both crops and the wild.”
“Farming must be an artful venture,” David Podoll said. “Seeds are a sacred thing. Everything we have now is built on farmers selecting seeds for millennia. All of that genetic diversity is a great gift. Seeds should not be owned, patented, or controlled.”
Read the full article on the award here.
Check out Prairie Road Organic Seed here.