Keith, Geoff, Mike Strang Conservationist winners
Keith, Geoff and Mike Strang are Conservationists of the Year
Ausable Bayfield Conservation announces Conservationist of the Year Award winners; Award is to be presented to Strang family later in 2021
Ausable Bayfield Conservation has announced the winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award. The winners, in 2021, are Keith, Geoff and Mike Strang of RR 3 Exeter.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will present the award later this year.
Keith Strang, and his sons Geoff and Mike, are very interested in preserving the land which they farm. The Strangs use cover crops, crop rotation and vegetative cover to build soil health and prevent soil erosion. They have also established watercourse buffers and restored a wetland. This local farm family is innovative with conservation tillage, variable seeding, and fertilizing. These local agricultural producers are also generous with their time in speaking to their peers at events related to agriculture and soil health.
The fourth and fifth generation of the Strang family are farming near Exeter. Strang Farms works about 2,400 acres in the area. Their growth strategy is to employ “conservation farming practices with the latest crop sciences and advanced technologies.”
“We are proud to announce Keith, Geoff and Mike Strang as this year’s winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award,” said Doug Cook, Chair of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors. “They are leaders in their industry and they put best management practices into action to the benefit of water and soil in this watershed.”
The award recipients are to receive a handcrafted award made by Bob Hutson, of Windbreak Farm Custom Woodworks near Fullarton, Ontario. The engraved dual-purpose board is a piece of art on one side and a serving tray on the other and is made from beech wood. In addition to the prize, Ausable Bayfield Conservation is donating towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation has presented the Conservationist of the Year Award since 1984. Winners have included community organizations, companies, nature groups, rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, and municipalities. Each winner is a business, organization, farm, or person residing in the watershed or having done conservation work there.
Learn more about the conservation awards at this link:
CONSERVATIONISTS OF THE YEAR 2021: Shown in photo, from left to right in photo, are Keith Strang; Jeff Den Otter; Mike Strang; and Geoff Strang, of Strang Farms. They are shown in front of a constructed wetland at Geoff Strang’s property. Ausable Bayfield Conservation has announced that Keith, Mike, and Geoff Strang are the winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award in 2021. The agricultural producers from this family farm at RR 3 Exeter build soil health and prevent soil erosion by using cover crops, crop rotation, vegetative cover as well as innovative conservation tillage, variable seeding, and fertilizing. They also share their experiences with peers and have restored a wetland and established watercourse buffers.