The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) in conjunction with the award sponsor, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), presented the operators of four PA farms with the Clean Water Farm Award during its annual conference on July 18, 2018 in Lancaster, PA. The honor is awarded annually to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmentally conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water quality. Recipients receive a certificate signed by the DEP Secretary and a large Clean Water Farm Award sign to erect on their property.
The 2018 Clean Water Farm Award Recipients are:
- Ed Chianese (Susquehanna County)
- Justin and Doreen Geisinger Air Hill Acres Farm (Franklin County)
- Will & Kelly Smith, Deep Roots Valley Farm (Berks County)
- Dave Pounds (Indiana County)
Will and Kelly Smith own Deep Roots Valley Farm in Mohrsville, PA. The beef, hog, and poultry farm has 95 acres of pasture. Best management practices include animal walkways, rotational grazing, and riparian buffers. The conservation district said, “The Smiths have shown their hard work, dedication, and willingness to research. They have gone above and beyond, creating a sustainable farm for their family, their community, and the environment.”
The Clean Water Farm award was initiated in 1986. Recipients of the award are nominated by their local county conservation districts. Financial support for this award is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Program and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Education Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.). For more information, visit www.pacd.org.