WINNIPEG, July 14, 2014 /CNW/ - CleanFARMS is pleased to announce the
winners of The Great Manitoba Clean Farms Challenge. The challenge was
designed to encourage Manitoba farm families and high school students
to share stories about the environmental stewardship work they do on
their farms and demonstrated the ongoing commitment Manitobans have to
The grand prize winner is Turner Farms from Killarney, Manitoba. Doug
and Betty Turner demonstrated a truly integrated approach to
sustainability that covers habitat, recycling, and conservation and
have made business decisions that incorporate good stewardship
Austin Pizzey, a grade 11 student from Binscarth, received top marks
with his entry that highlighted the good recycling practices that were
started by his grandfather and that he and his family intend to
continue for future generations. Austin was awarded the high school
scholarship ($1,000) and was also named a finalist.
Bell Century Farms (Amy and Jamie Bell) from Birtle, who submitted a
video showcasing the family's commitment to the environment and Black
Creek Farms (Ellis Family) of Wawanesa, whose entry highlighted their
use of technology in their approach to sustainability, rounded out the
top three finalists.
"We're grateful to all the farm families who prepared entries. It is
fascinating to see how innovative Manitoba farmers are, when it comes
to recycling and conservation practices." said Barry Friesen, general
manager of CleanFARMS Inc.
Entries were evaluated by an industry panel that included: Keystone
Agricultural Producers (Alanna Gray and Val Ominski); Ag in the
Classroom (Johanne Ross); Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers
(Delaney Ross Burtnack); and Green Manitoba (Christina McDonald). As
well, the Manitoba Co-operator provided extensive communications
support, running The Great Manitoba Clean Farms Challenge ads to
Doug and Betty Turner were awarded with a Deluxe Hockey Weekend for four
in Winnipeg during the 2014/15 NHL Regular Season. The three finalists
each received the latest Apple iPad Air.
Winners felt honoured to be recognized for their good stewardship
practices and had this to say:
"What a great challenge! Thank you again for the opportunity to accept
it. It was fun to do and we are sure excited about winning," said Betty
Turner, the grand prize winner.
"Thank you to everyone at CleanFARMS and the judges for selecting me as
the winner of the scholarship and the iPad. I'm very excited to be
receiving support for my education. I believe that together we can keep
farmland healthy and strong forever," said Austin Pizzey from
The Great Manitoba Clean Farms Challenge was led by CleanFARMS, a
not-for-profit industry stewardship organization led by the plant
About CleanFARMS Inc.
CleanFARMS Inc. is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization led by the plant science industry that is committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management
of agricultural waste. Our programs manage agricultural plastic and
other inorganic waste from farms across Canada and have earned a
reputation of excellence around the world. We work together with
farmers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, municipalities and
provinces to create a safe, healthy and sustainable environment.
SOURCE: CleanFARMS Inc.
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