Virginia Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Award Winners for 2015

On December 7, 2015, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, in cooperation with Virginia’s 47 soil and water conservation districts, awarded the Virginia Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Awards to 10 farms, one each in the Commonwealth’s major river basins. The Clean Water Farm program recognizes farmers who implement water-quality best management practices, and the Grand Basin Awards are given to the farms that implement particularly exceptional water-quality programs.

The winning farmers and farms in 2015, by major river basin, were as follows:

Big Sandy and Tennessee River
Justin and Lori McClellan, Meadowbrook Farm
Nominated by the Evergreen Soil and Water Conservation District

Chowan River
Jeff and Liz Parrish, W.J. Farms
Nominated by the Southside Soil and Water Conservation District

Coastal
Steve W. Sturgis, Tri-S Farms
Nominated by the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District

James River
Robert “Bobby” M. Jones, Poor House Dairy
Nominated by the Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District

New River
Matthew, Chase and Don Heldreth, Heldreth Farm
Nominated by the Big Walker Soil and Water Conservation District

Potomac River
Vince and Sharon DiRenzo, North Fork Fields
Nominated by the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District

Rappahannock River
Bob Wilbanks, Wilbanks Farm
Nominated by the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District

Roanoke River
David and Lorrie Barron, Poplar Grove/Wildwood Berries and Produce
Nominated by the Southside Soil and Water Conservation District

Shenandoah River
James and Amanda Holsinger, Holsinger Homeplace Farms
Nominated by the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District

York River
Albert J. McGhee Jr., Vivian Scott Richardson Sr. Memorial Farm
Nominated by the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District.

More information on the Virginia Clean Water Farm Awards and more details on the 2015 Grand Basin winners are available from the DCR online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/cwfa-winners; or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District (directory available from the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, online at http://vaswcd.org/district-directory).

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