The community is invited to Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s Conservation Awards Celebration on Wednesday, August 23, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The banquet will be held at Beaver Lodge, in Hope.
This year’s Conservation Award Recipients are:
- Brodis Blueberries, in Hope, will be awarded the Conservation Farm of the Year for 2023. Brodis Blueberries has been recognized recently from many achievements. Gwen Brodis and her husband Dick, purchased the farm from their parents in 1967. Ron and Sonja Howard are helping to manage the farm after Dick Brodis passed in 2016. Knox-Lincoln SWCD recognizes their achievements in conservation efforts ensuring soil health, water quality, moisture retention and a healthy habitat for wildlife. • Sharon G. Chadwick’s work with KLSWCD will be acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 1996, Sharon G. Chadwick served on the Knox-Lincoln SWCD Board of Supervisors at first as an associate and then as a supervisor. Sharon lives with her husband, Gerald, at BenEva Farm, in Warren, and still operate as a conservation farm, raising commercial Black Angus beef. For several decades, Sharon helped with judging the Annual Poster Contest and at our Conservation Fair and Plant Sale. (See attached photo)
Shelby Chadwick will be recognized with the 2023 Excellence in Conservation Education Award. Shelby, a second grade teacher at Camden-Rockport Elementary School (CRES), worked alongside the District to develop and offer our Pollinator Party program, which engages students through hands-on, place-based outdoor activities with pollinators and pollination.