The Clean Water Farm Award Program

The Clean Water Farm Award Program was established by the General Assembly to recognize farms in the Commonwealth which utilize practices designed to protect water quality and soil resources. Virginia farmers who are exemplary in their protection of the state’s soil and water quality deserve recognition and thanks. These individuals are role models who encourage others’ stewardship. Farmers spend time, energy and hard-earned money carrying out conservation practices that benefit many people. They themselves benefit because nutrients, pesticides and chemicals they invest in stay on the land – where they’re most productive. The soil necessary to grow crops also stays put because of conservation planting techniques. When these potential pollutants are kept out of surface and ground waters, citizens benefit by having better water for drinking, recreation, industry, wildlife and transportation.

The Clean Water Farm Award Program is overseen by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, with Soil and Water Conservation Districts and associated groups and agencies identifying worthy recipients. Individual winners are selected by Districts.

Districts may select one recipient per jurisdiction (county and/or city that comprise the District) per year to receive the award. Award winners receive a sign and a certificate. From the pool of award recipients, ten special river basin grand winners are selected based on nominations from the individual Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Basin grand winners must meet the criteria of the Clean Water Farm Award and must demonstrate exceptional conservation efforts with results in nutrient management and soil and water conservation. In addition to the standard sign and certificate, the ten river basin winners receive a special recognition sign and a plaque.

 

Historical Clean Water Farm Award Winners

2016

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Triple R Luray Farm LLC c/o The Burkes

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Cherry Grove Farm LLC c/o Linden and Julia Heatwole
Shenandoah River Basin Award Winner-Cherry Grove Farm LLC c/o Linden and Julia Heatwole

 

2015

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Clark Family c/o Nelson Clark

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Holsinger Homeplace Farms c/o James (Buck) Holsinger
Shenandoah River Basin Award Winner-Holsinger Homplace Farms c/o James (Buck) Holsinger

 

2014

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Lucas Family Farm

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Bethel Bend Farm c/o Willis and Krystal Heatwole
Shenandoah River Basin Award Winner-Bethel Bend Farm c/o Willis and Krystal Heatwole

2013

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Roger Houser

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Home Place Dairy c/o Sam Goering

 

2012

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Miller Farm c/o Craig & Nancy Miller

*Note: Only one award was given this year.

 

2011

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Jerry Turner

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

West Branch Dairy LLC c/o Clarke Eberly

 

2010

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Eugene & Betty Fox

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Green Hills Farm c/o Larry Cupp

 

2009

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

EVP, LLC, The White House Farm & Big Oak Farm c/o Scott C. Plein

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Fox Run Farm c/o Ray J. “Buff” Showalter

 

2008

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Valley Star Farm c/o David Thomas

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Rohrer Brothers Farm c/o George Rohrer

 

2007

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Gary (Joe) & Cathy Alger

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Scott Funkhouser

 

2006

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Yancey's Dairy c/o Billy & Becky Yancy

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Grazeland Dairy c/o Philip Witmer

 

2005

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Donnie Atwood

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

John Barlow

 

2004

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

John Good

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Richard Morris

 

2003

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

The Burner Family, Charles & Allen Burner-The Burner Family

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Clinton & Robert Hensley

 

2002

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Julian & Patti Price

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

W. D. Knicely Family Diary

 

2001

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Bennie Cubbage & Barbara Kibler

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Mike & Susan Phillips

 

2000

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

David & Jay Foltz

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Dan & Janet King

 

1999

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Donnie Dorrough

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Maple Lane Holsteins-c/o Mike Davis & Steve Kegley

 

1998

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Tom & Jeff Jennings

 

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

C.H. & Tom Beam

 

1997

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Cub Run Dairy-c/o Gerald Heatwole

 

1996

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Peak Breeder Farm-c/o Tom Burkholder & Donnie Landes

 

1995

Page County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

H. Price Farms-c/o Julian Price

 

1994

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Cecil “Sonny” Meyerhoeffer

 

1993

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Adams Farms Inc.-c/o Nelson, Robert, and Donald Adams

 

1992

Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award Winner

Wayne Cupp