CLEAN WATER FARM AWARD
The Clean Water Farm award recognizes and thanks Virginia producers who:
Are enacting conservation practices that positively impact soil and water quality
Are role models who encourage others in the stewardship of natural resources
Anyone can nominate someone…contact the District to fill out an application. All applications, written summaries and pictures are due to DCR by November 1st each year.
–Winners in SWCD areas receive a “Clean Water Farm Award”
Grand Basin Award
–One candidate in each of Virginia’s 10 major river basins receive the “Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Award”
Mr. Robert Earl and Mrs. Annie Bryant were the recipients of the 2019 Clean Water Farm Award. The Bryant’s established their farming operation in 1971. Their beef cattle operation now consists of 100 brood cows and 4 bulls. Through conservation programs offered by the Farm Service Agency and Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District, the following practices are now in place: 7,143 feet of stream exclusion fence; 1,700 feet of cross fence; 3,765 feet of pipeline; 4 wells; 1 limited access armored watering area in a stream; and 9 watering troughs have been installed and 2.8 acres of buffer have been created. After the most recent surface water exclusion project completed in 2018, ALL water bodies on the farm have now been excluded through the assistance of various conservation programs. Mr. Bryant believes, “It is our responsibility as stewards of the land to maintain it, keep it healthy and preserve it as we are passing through.” The Bryant’s are role models for our agricultural community and future generations.