Enchant seed growers Marian and Richard Stamp were recently awarded the W.R. Motherwell award by Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers.
The award recognizes outstanding service to an individual or couple dedicated to Canada’s OYF program.
The Stamps were regional OYF winners in 1998 and since then have been dedicated supporters of the program.
“Rick and Marian have been the backbone of the Alberta OYF program for more than 10 years, sharing their time, expertise and passion for agriculture to strengthen the entire OYF program,” says Luanne Lynn, the program’s vice-president (west).
Rick began farming in 1978 after buying two quarter sections of land with the help of a beginning farmer’s loan and the sale of his hot rod. Within a few years, he and Marian were married and achieved “select seed grower” status.
Marian spent much of her efforts at the regional level of OYF, including serving as hosting committee chair, on sponsorship committee, secretary, board adviser, and local co-ordinator when the national event was held in Alberta in 2008. She and Rick were co-chairs for the OYF Alberta/NWT region for two years, and Rick served eight years on the national board.