County Sustainability Group supports organic farmers – Belleville Intelligencer

The County Sustainability Group is calling on organic farmers in Prince Edward County to apply for two awards it now has available.

This is the third year the group has provided a $1,000 award to a farmer in the County who best demonstrates the values of ecologically sound , sustainable farm practices which regenerate soil health, protects vital resources such as water and biodiversity, reduces the need for synthetic inputs and prioritizes renewable energy sources.

The group recognizes the importance of farmers and agriculture to the County’s rural community and province. In particular, we are grateful for sustainable farmers who are doing their utmost to protect the health of the land and all living creatures by implementing best practices. The award is intended to demonstrate the group’s gratitude and to help their long-term success in the very challenging occupation of farming. Farmers feed cities and provide us all with nutritious food that far too often is taken for granted. Without their dedication and commitment to their craft, imagine how different our world would be?

“We especially acknowledge , with this bursary, the challenges faced by farmers just starting out in organic farming or trying to maintain or expand an existing operation,” said Don Ross of CSG. “This is an expensive undertaking and not for the faint of heart. Every little bit can help, perhaps going towards new seeds,greenhouses,equipment, soil revitalization, irrigation, livestock, land leases, renewable energy or any number of important aspects of modern organic farming.”

Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the goals of Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFAO). Candidates should submit their application letters by the end of April, describing their reasons for being considered for this award to Ross at A winner will be selected and award money presented by the end of May in order that it can be put to good use early in the growing season.

Ongoing funding for this bursary will be generated by proceeds from our annual CSG Rain Barrel & Composter Sale held on the final Saturday of May ( It also funds our PECI student environmental bursary award in memory of Fred Holtz.

“We appreciate the support our community has shown for this event and welcome any extra donations an individual or business may wish to make to assist in the ongoing funding of either of these bursaries,” said Ross.

The County Sustainability Group is pleased to announce a brand new bursary program for farmers committed to the principles and practices of organic farming. Funded by a gift from PEC’s Long Point Honey Company, $500 will be awarded to a farmer who illustrates sustainable practices to protect, preserve, and promote pollinator health.

This could include strategies to increase pollinator food resources, nesting habitat, or innovative approaches to integrated pest management. It could also include advocacy toward systemic change in local, provincial or federal public policy, or efforts to build public awareness about the importance of pollinators to the fertility of the planet and our food security.

This bursary will be awarded along with our Bursary for PEC Organic Farmers by the end of May. Candidates should submit their application letters by the end of April to Don Ross at ecodonross@hotmail.comdescribing their reasons for being considered for this award.

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