VERMONT The Lake Champlain Basin Program honored four farms in New York, Vermont and Quebec for their exemplary efforts go beyond regulatory programs to reduce pollution entering the Lake Champlain watershed. This years recipients of the LCBPs Lake Champlain Farm Award are: Girouxs Poultry Farm Farm in Chazy, NY, Fermes Gasser Ltee in Pike River, Quebec, Burtland Farm in Georgia, VT, and Gosliga Farms in Addison, VT.
The farm families, nominated by agricultural organizations, have also been recognized for their community leadership and willingness to share techniques for reducing pollution.
Professional farmers should be recognized for the amazing job they do producing food for us while protecting the environment, and the LCBP Farm Award does just that, said Steve Mahoney, Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Gosliga Farm, Addison, VT
Jake Gosliga and his family operate a beautiful second generation dairy farm highlighted by the dramatic background of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks with lands that stretch down to the Dead Creek wildlife area. Jake Gosliga participated in the first UVM Extension farmer nutrient management class, learning to write and implement his own nutrient management plan. Working with challenging South Lake clay soils, he regularly rotates his crops to lower soil erosion and applies manure based on correct agronomic rates. He maintains buffers on his fields adjacent to waterways to reduce pathogens from manure applications and maintains grass waterways on all field ditches.
The Gosliga Farm has worked extensively with both Ben and Jerrys agricultural soil research testing program and UVM researchers, providing them with unlimited access to farm fields as they continue refining the Vermont Phosphorus Index used in farm management planning. To improve wildlife habitat, the farm has designated a forest and pond nesting area adjacent to several fiends for snow geese habitat. The Gosliga farm also maintains many acres of woodland, increasing wildlife habitat and improving water quality.
Burtland Farm, Georgia, VT
Jason and Christina Burt have established themselves as leading young farmers in Vermont, operating a 250 cow dairy operation with 1000 tillable acres along the Georgia shoreline. The farm produces over six million pounds of dairy for the St. Albans Co-op. As a founding member of the Farmers Watershed Alliance in the north lake, Jason has been pro-active in protecting Lake Champlains water quality, installing buffer zones along waterways and controlling silage leachate. To encourage others to do the same, Jason has spoken at public meetings and worked with media on several occasions to share farming techniques.
Because agricultural production is identified as a significant source of phosphorus entering Lake Champlain, it is important that the Lake Champlain Basin Program recognize farmers who are taking exemplary steps to reduce pollution from their farms, said Bill Howland, Lake Champlain Basin Program manager. These award recipients lead by example, going beyond regulatory requirements in their effort to protect the waters that flow to Lake Champlain.
The LCBP partnered with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, the New York Department of Agriculture, the Vermont Farm Bureau, Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Quebec Ministry of the Environment and Parks, the Dura Club of Bedford, the Monteregie sustainable advisory club and the Centre de service du MAPAQ during the award nomination process.
2007 Nominations Invited
The Lake Champlain Basin Program is seeking nominations for the 2007 Lake Champlain Farm Awards. The deadline for submitting nominations is November 12, 2007. For further information or to receive a nomination form, please contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program at (800) 468-5227 or check the website at www.lcbp.org .