Annual Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Award
Each winter, the Sustainable Agriculture Council seeks to recognize farms and collaborative efforts to ensure the economic, environmental and social sustainability of Vermont's farming sector. Nominations for the 2014 Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Award were accepted until January 23rd.
About the SAC Award Nomination Process
The Sustainable Agriculture Council seeks to recognize efforts to promote the vitality of Vermont's food system with practices that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The council is glad to receive nominations for an individual farm, or the innovative practices of a team that includes a farm.
Criteria used to evaluate each nomination include the extent to which it demonstrates:
- enhanced economic viability of Vermont farms;
- community engagement;
- environmental benefits;
- a social justice emphasis; and
- strong collaboration.
Five outstanding farms were nominated for the 2014 award:
- Laughing Child Farm;
- Von Trapp Farmstead;
- Roger Rainville;
- Lazy Lady Farm; and
- Big Picture Farm.
The 2014 winner will be announced shortly.
About Past SAC Award Recipients
Five outstanding operations were nominated for the 2013 award, including the Caring Dairy Program, Consider Bardwell Farm, Laughing Child Farm, Tamarlane Farm, and Taylor Farm. (You can read the nominations here .) The committee was privileged to honor Consider Bardwell and Wayward Goose Farms with the 2013 award, which was presented at the February 15 NOFA-VT Winter Conference held at UVM's Davis Center.
Past recipients of the Sustainable Farm of the Year award include: NVRH & Harvest Hill Farm, Post Oil Solutions, Does Leap Farm, Bakersfield; Shelburne Vineyards, Shelburne; Shelburne Orchards, Shelburne; Harlow Farm, Westminster; Intervale Community Farm, Burlington; Butterworks Farm, Westfield; Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro; and Adams Farm, Wilmington; Golden Russet Farm, Shoreham; Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport, Someday Farm in East Dorset, La Platte River Angus, Shelburne and Choiniere Family Farm, Highgate.