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SAN awarded Organization of the Year- Berks County

Mon Apr 12, 2010 / Education and Outreach


Heidelberg Township dairy farmer wins top award from Berks County Conservation District

A Heidelberg Township dairy farmer was named Berks County's Outstanding Conservation Farmer on Monday night by the county conservation district.

Forrest Stricker of Spring Creek Farms, which is a certified organic farm, manages a herd of 160 Jersey, Holstein and Ayshire cows. The farm sells certified organic raw milk and converts manure into compost that's reused as fertilizer.

Joseph A. Crea, conservation district manager, presented the award at a banquet attended by 170 people at the Pike Township Sportsman's Association.

The conservation district joined with the federal Farm Service Agency in recognizing outstanding contributions to conservation.

"It's important to promote stewardship and conservation of our natural resources," Crea said.

Also receiving awards:
? Donald W. Reinert, a retired agricultural science teacher, Conservation Service Person of the Year.

? Pat "Possum Pat" Catucci, who teaches environmental studies at Reading Area Community College, Outstanding Conservation Educator Award.

? Bill Zollers of Longswamp Township, who served on numerous environmental boards and commissions, Conservation Outreach Award.

? Landis C. Deck & Sons of Bernville, contractors, Erosion and Sediment Control Award.

? The Schuylkill Action Network, a network of environmental groups, Conservation Organization of the Year.
The conservation district awarded several thousand dollars in scholarships to Berks students studying agriculture and related fields.