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Farmers Watershed Alliance Wins EPA Merit Award

posted Apr 23, 2014, 8:41 AM by Lyn Munno
Vermont's Farmers Watershed Alliance received an Environmental Merit Award from EPA Region I for 2014, among only 8 organizations region-wide in the Environmental, Community, Academia & Nonprofit category.  Other Vermont award recipients include Pixley Tyler Hill and Ted Tyler in the Individual Category and SunCommon in the Business category.  EPA's release notes:

The Farmers' Watershed Alliance is a non-profit, dairy farmer-based organization in northern Vermont's Franklin and Grand Isle counties. The Alliance was established, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Extension, to promote good environmental stewardship practices and improve water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin. The Alliance is a wonderful example of the power of peer-to-peer networks. Its founders understood that farmers are more likely to accept help and advice, and sometimes a challenge, from their fellow farmers.

The Farmers' Watershed Alliance's success in farmer-to-farmer collaboration has led to the formation of the Champlain Valley Farmers Coalition, a sister organization, made up of farmers in the middle and southern portions of Lake Champlain Basin, interested in promoting sustainable agricultural practices. These networks are playing an important role in shaping Vermont's plans to restore Lake Champlain.