RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Seven Virginia farms have been awarded 2020 Virginia Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Awards which are presented annually to farmers or farm owners who are doing exceptional work to protect soil and water resources.
One winner is selected from each of the major river basins for the Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Award.
“Virginia farmers are working hard in difficult times to stay in business and feed the world. The Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Award winners are among our most innovative stewards of the land and water. Their outstanding conservation and work benefits all Virginians.”Matthew J. Strickler, Secretary of Natural Resources
The awards are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in partnership with Virginia’s 47 soil and water conservation districts.
Several winning farms are owned and operated by third or fourth generations of the same family. Some go back even further, such as the Belle-Hampton Farm in Pulaski County. That farm was established in 1767.
Below, are the winners of each award:
|River Basin||Farm Name||Awardee Name(s)||Nominating Soil & Water Conservation District|
|James River||Overhome Farm||Ronnie Nuckols||Monacan Soil & Water Conservation Dist.|
|New-Yadkin Rivers||Belle-Hampton Farm||Tom & Madeline Hoge||Skyline Soil & Water Conservation Dist.|
|Potomac River||Fort Bacon Farm||Joshua Cockerill||Loudoun Soil & Water Conservation Dist.|
|Rappahannock River||Goodall Family Farm||Paul & Joe Goodall||Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation Dist.|
|Roanoke River||Oak Ridge Farm||Dennis C. Powell||Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation Dist.|
|Shenandoah River||D&M Farms LLC||Mike Dirting, Linda Miller, Nathanial Dirting & Brent Miller||Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation Dist.|
|York River||Elk Creek Farm||Bill Morris||Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation Dist.|
For information about all of the award recipients, click here.