A new environmental stewardship award that recognizes the efforts of Nova Scotia farmers who carry out sustainable farming practices was announced on Earth Day, April 22.
The Farm Environmental Stewardship Award promotes the actions of farmers who are participating in the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Plan program. More than 1,100 farms have developed plans for the operations, which identify and assess environmental risk.
“Nova Scotia farmers are carrying out sound environmental practices to protect the soil, water and wildlife resources in our province,” said Agriculture Minister Mark Parent. “This award acknowledges the outstanding stewardship efforts of farmers participating in the environmental farm plan program, which we are launching today on Earth Day.”
Valued at $2,000, the award can be used to enhance farm operations, such as improving manure storage and handling, nutrient management planning, and minimizing erosion by runoff.
“This new award demonstrates the outstanding commitment Nova Scotia farmers have made towards the environment,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Nova Scotia farmers, and indeed farmers right across the country, are showing more and more that smart farm business planning and management decisions can bring both environmental and business benefits.”
To be eligible for the award, the farm must have an environmental farm plan, be a registered farm in Nova Scotia, and be a member of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.
“The federation has a long history and commitment to the environmental farm planning process and we are pleased to support this stewardship award,” said Richard Melvin, federation president.
“Being good stewards of the land is standard practice for Nova Scotia farmers; having an award recognizing these efforts will encourage us to continually implement management practices to better the environment.”
The environmental farm plan program is delivered by the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. The program is funded by the Department of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, under Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
Application forms are available at www.nsfa-fane.ca/EFP or by calling 902-893-2293. The application deadline is June 30.