2011 Conservation Farm of the Year
The West Virginia Conservation Agency Farmer of the Year program identifies and recognizes conservation cooperators in West Virginia doing the most outstanding job of implementing their conservation plan in conjunction with other community based activities.
Mark won the award in 2011 for his excellent conservation strategies and cover cropping practices. The program awarded him the use of a John Deere tractor for one year to use on the farm as shown in the pictures.
We would like to recognize and thank NRCS and the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District for assistance with establishing the irrigation pond on the farm and providing use of the roller crimper.
On the farm we use cover cropping techniques and a roller crimper to prevent soil erosion. Our Integrated Pest Management Solution is used to monitor pests and thresholds and spray accordingly to prevent pest damage and disease.
Mark takes pride in being a 3rd generation farmer. His passion for agriculture and land management makes implementing best practices for conservation easy. He loves being a steward of the land and providing his community with the freshest local produce.