Athens Land Trust was named Conservationist of the Year by the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District.
The Conservationist of the Year is an award given annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of farmers and Oconee River SWCD partners who promote good agricultural practices that protect soil and water resources.
Since 2004, Athens Land Trust has protected more than 600 acres of farmland locally through Natural Resources Conservation Service programs.
In the past year, Athens Land Trust partnered with the Oconee River SWCD to provide paid work experience, training in sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship, and leadership development to more than 35 high school students through the Young Urban Farmers Program.
Additionally, Athens Land Trust worked with local NRCS representatives to build a hoop house at Williams Farm, a sustainable agriculture education and demonstration site operated by Athens Land Trust. The hoop house increases the site’s capacity for educating farmers and extends the growing season.
Athens Land Trust’s Community Agriculture and Conservation programs are dedicated to protecting important farmland, developing a sustainable local food system in some of Athens’ most food insecure communities, strengthening the local economy and building community wellness.