Monroe County farm takes top conservation honor,
Mason and Morgan counties also rank
SUTTON, W.Va. -- Canterbury Farm, a 660-acre beef cattle farm in Monroe County, was named the 2016 West Virginia Conservation Farm of the Year at the Virginia Conservation Partnership Conference Tuesday in Flatwoods.
In second place was Yauger Family Farm, a crop and cattle operation in Mason County. Taking third was Morgan County’s Mock’s Greenhouse and Farm, one of the state’s largest hydroponic greenhouse operations that supplies produce to some of the nation’s top grocers like Wegman’s and Whole Foods. An awards banquet was held in honor of all the winners.
Bill Canterbury drove a lime delivery truck to farms around southern West Virginia for decades. He learned something new at each farm he saw, and eventually became a go-to man for area farmers who had questions about how to best manage their lands.
Now retired from truck driving, Bill focuses his attention on the farm he and wife Carolyn run in Monroe County. With the help of the Greenbrier Valley Conservation District (GVCD) and the West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA), the Canterburys have increased grass production by 25 percent on their land. This makes for healthier cows and soil. Other best management practices include 18 water troughs, 4,220 feet of pipeline, 5,126 feet of division fence and 1,833 feet of exclusion fence.
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The Stream Partner Program is a cooperative effort of the West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Forestry, and the Division of Natural Resources. The program is housed within the DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management.