Paul Beingessner Award

Annual winners of the Paul Beingessner award for writing about farms and agriculture.

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2021

2021 Winner (22 – 30)
2021 Winner (22 – 30)

Meara Kirwin (they/them) is a 22 year old new farmer and experienced organizer living in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). They’re honoured to receive this award and will be sharing the prize with the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders Legal Fund. Here is Meara’s winning entry: A lot has happened this season while young farmers have had our heads down


2021 Winner (15 – 21)
2021 Winner (15 – 21)

Conor T. Soule is 15 year old from Charlie Lake, BC. He is an unschooler that has always been encouraged to follow his passions for what he needs to learn in life! Currently those passions are for Mushrooms, Permaculture, Economics and Art. This summer Conor worked as a eco farm skills student at many different


2020

2020 Winner (22 – 30)
2020 Winner (22 – 30)

Paul Beingessner Award Essay Competition National Farmers Union By: Rebecca MacInnis (Age 26) It’s no surprise that agriculture, like many things in our colonial nation, was built on the backs and without the recognition of Black and Indigenous people. From the theft and disregard of Indigenous lands and practices to the blatant exploitation of Black


2020 Winner (15 – 21)
2020 Winner (15 – 21)

Courtney Nell, age 17, lives on a mixed farm near Francis, Saskatchewan. She raises chickens for eggs and helps on the farm in the shop and driving equipment. Courtney plans on going to the University of Saskatchewan for Soil Science next year. She enjoys farming and hopes to one day farm on her own or with


2019 Winner
2019 Winner

Hope Beneath Our Feet  by Kolby Peterson Like any dying language, the remaining speakers are too often silent, or silenced.  Should we choose to listen, we may hear their fluency through their tongues, but only the observant sees their language written on the land. This language is the relationship between humankind and Earth of a


2018 Winner
2018 Winner

What will farming look like for young farmers in 30 years? by Cherry Halcovitch It is easy to imagine that the next thirty years will look a lot like the headlines of today. Power and wealth will continue to consolidate, governments and private interests will blur together, and the poor and common people will have


2017

2017 Winner
2017 Winner

To the farmers who are trying to make a living, meanwhile feeding us: There’s something these days that’s affecting your business, your life, and the world you live in. It’s called social license.


2016

2016 Winners

() would like to congratulate Nikaela Lange and Kevin Morin, who were the winners of the Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing. Nikaela is 18 years old and from Dalmeny, Saskatchewan. Nikaela spent part of her Grade 11 year studying in Tokyo, Japan. Later that same year, she received the Global Citizens Scholarship, and was


2015

2015 Winners

The National Farmers Union would like to congratulate Katia Huszka and Stuart Oke, winners of the Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing for 2015. This year’s theme was “Soil: Our Common Ground”.


2014 Winner

Seeds: Sustenance and Sustainability —by Alana Krug‐MacLeod, Age 17, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan While seeds’ value is dispersed around the world in virtually every single biome and niche, whether disturbed or at rest, nowhere is the importance of seeds more obvious than on small farms. Using a series of vignettes from daily life, I reflect on what


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