BAZETTA - Various individuals and groups were recognized for their service to help the environment and conservation during the 63rd annual Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District awards banquet held at Trumbull County Fairgrounds.
Awards were presented to Marla Dull as Conservation Educator of the Year, Larry Wynkoop as Volunteer of the Year, Duane Logan as Conservationist of the Year, and Curtis Thomas with BP America as Business Cooperative of the Year.
Also recognized were the Tom Schwartz family for the George Sharec Memorial Conservation Farmer of the Year Award.
The annual event is to celebrate the achievements of local people, farms and businesses, and the seasonal and sustainable foods raised in Trumbull County.
Statistics from 2013 of programs and services offered by the district included 39 adults and one youth who attended a Women in Farming workshop; 435 classroom education programs were offered to 9,930 students; and 6,311 people attended watershed programs.
There were also 23,693 fish sales, 111 children's activities at the Trumbull County Fair, 23 students in the Watershed Field School, and 50 students attended the Pymatuning-Shenango Watershed Challenge. There will be 55 participants in the annual fall Junior Envirothon.
Dr. Holly Maggiano from Earth Angel Farms shared information on her program, which provides vocational opportunities for people with physical disabilities and seizure disorders. She said a $4,200 grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation help provide a program on how to grow herbs
Earth Angel Farm is a nonprofit organization which supports individuals with physical and developmental disabilities through advocacy, education and socialization in an agricultural setting.
Christina Perry from 30 Mile Meals spoke on her project which continues to advance the local food movement in Youngstown and the region by connecting local food growers and producers and all types of buyers together under a brand advocating local foods.
She said the brand ties together local food advocates and supporting organizations. Since its launch in February, the project has gained more than 50 partners.
The 30 Mile Meal is part of the Lake-to-River food hub which addresses local jobs and healthy foods.