Stuart Wright of Wright Haven Farms near Kenilworth has won the Soil Conservation Leader award presented by the Grand River Conservation Authority.
The authority praised him for reviving the Waterloo Soil and Crop Improvement Association, for participating in many soil conservation measures such as planting cover crops, building manure storage and hosting tours to see what he does.
He is a director of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
At the same event, the authority presented $500 grants to:
Arthur Trails Group – for native shrubs planted along the newest trail in Wellington North, the 12-km West Luther Trailway. The shrubs were selected and planted by students at Wellington Heights Secondary School.
Communitrees, Fergus – for native trees and tree seedlings that were planted along the Elora Cataract Trailway. These trees will be carefully stewarded by volunteers for two years.
Kinbridge Community Association, Cambridge – for a river-related stewardship program for youth offered by the community association.
Pollination Guelph – This group is increasing the size of the native meadow habitat at the former decommissioned Eastview Landfill on the northeast side of Guelph.
Salvation Army Hope and Unity Garden, Kitchener – for shade trees to be planted at a community vegetable garden located beside the church.