Glascock’s named State Conservation Farm of the Year
The WV Conservation Partnership named Glascock’s Produce the recipient of the 2011 West Virginia Conservation Farm of the Year last week at their annual convention and awards banquet in Charleston.
The Glascock’s farm in Highland Ridge was deemed the top farm in the Mountain State for its outstanding practices in the field of conservation of natural resources on the farm.
The farm is owned and operated by Mark and Laura Glascock and their two children Rachel and Zach. The farm consists of 84.2 acres in production with 50 acres in vegetables and the remaining in fruit.
Glascock’s grows sweet corn, cherries, asparagus, no till sweet corn, peaches, winter squash, peppers, eggplants, flowers and 30 different types of tomatoes.
The award was given by a statewide judging team, which recognized and evaluated the conservation efforts of four finalist farms in West Virginia, looking at criteria like Conservation Farm Plans, Best Management Practices (BMPs), farm land usage and farm family involvement in the community.
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass presented the Glascock’s with an award plaque and a $1,000 check, on October 27 at the 2011 WV Conservation Partnership Conference Awards Banquet.
“I extend my congratulations to the Glascock’s for earning this honor,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. “One of the great pleasures of my job each year is the opportunity to visit the outstanding family farms found across West Virginia. It is always difficult to choose the best conservation farm, but I think we have a very worthy winner in Glascock Produce.”
Along with these awards, Middletown Tractor Sales of Fairmont, West Virginia, presented the Glascock family with 200 hours or four months use of a new John Deere tractor.
The Gary Walls Farm of Monongalia County and the Fankhouser Farm in Marshall County came in a tie for second place. In third place was the Stickler Farm, located in Lincoln County.
The competition was judged by representatives of nine state farming and conservation agencies.