Congratulations to Larry & Pat Ward of Willow Pond Farm for receiving the 2017 Environmental Farm Plan Stewardship Award.

The applications have been reviewed and the judging is done for another year! The NS Environmental Farm Plan and the NS Federation of Agriculture are pleased to announce this year’s award winner & finalists. The award winner was announced at the NSFA Annual Meeting on November 30th, 2017.

Larry & Pat Ward, Willow Pond Farm are the 2017 EFP Stewardship Award Winners. Painting by Darlene Watters
The Award Finalists:
Click on the finalists to read more about each of these farms, their best management practices and the completed or ongoing environmental initiatives.

Willow Pond Farm (Larry & Pat Ward)

Haskap Hill Farm Inc. (Mark & Deborah Geck)

Cornwallis Farms Ltd. (The Newcombe Family)

Congratulations to all finalists!


About the Environmental Stewardship Award

The EFP Stewardship Award is in its ninth year of recognizing the dedication and commitment that Nova Scotia farmers have for protecting our environment. This award was established to highlight producers who make soil, water and habitat stewardship a significant part of their farm operations. Farms can apply or be nominated each spring. Their applications are reviewed by a judging panel and are narrowed down for farm visits. Once applications are reviewed and farm visits completed, the award finalists and winner are determined.


2016 Award Winner: Hillsdale Fur Farm. Painting by Susan Sweet
2016 Award Winner: Hillsdale Fur Farm. Painting by Susan Sweet

Each year, we look for farms that showcase outstanding environmental stewardship efforts. The NS Environmental Farm Plan Program with the NS Federation of Agriculture proudly present this annual award of a $2000 cash prize for activities that further enhance stewardship efforts plus a painting of the farm by a local artist. The 2017 Award will be presented at the NSFA AGM Banquet in the fall. Click here for more information on last year’s finalists and winner!

Do you know of a farm that has undertaken projects to protect soil, water or wildlife habitat? Nominate them for Nova Scotia’s EFP Stewardship Award! To be eligible for the award, a farm must:

  • Have a current Environmental Farm Plan
  • Have a current farm registration
  • Be a member of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

We encourage individuals and groups to nominate farms that are contributing positively to the environment. Nominees should be involved in developing the award application. Farm owners can nominate their own farm. Click here to nominate or apply.


The EFP Stewardship Award is a part of the NS Environmental Farm Plan Program, an initiative under the Canada-Nova Scotia Growing Forward 2 Agreement. It was created through a partnership of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada, the NS Environmental Farm Plan Team and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

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