PCO Honors Outstanding Organic Farmers

2/23/2013 7:00 AM

Pennsylvania Certified Organic recognized organic producers and educators for their contributions to the organic community during its 16th annual meeting Feb. 7 in State College, Pa.

Kreamer Feed was given the Outstanding Organic Producer Award for its commitment to high-quality organic production.

Founded in 1947 by George Robinson, Kreamer Feed has grown to become a respected name in the feed industry by producing bulk organic layer feed and then expanding its organic operation to bagged feed for poultry, cattle, sheep, goats and swine.

Melissa Piper Nelson was given the Organic Research and Education Award for furthering the cause of organic farming through research and education.

For the past two years, she served as the organic transitionist with Lewistown-based Community Partnerships Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), providing outreach and technical assistance to central Pennsylvania’s organic community.

In cooperation with Pennsylvania Certified Organic, the Rodale Institute, and several state RC&D Councils, she helped produce two videos on organic transition and assisted in developing organic training for state soil conservationists.

Other award winners were Cliff and Maggie Hawbaker, Outstanding New Organic Producer Award; Bob and Lois Keller, Going the Extra Acre Award; Edwin and Esther Brubacher, Inspector’s Choice Award; Roy, Hope and Debra Brubaker, Sustainability Award; Evan and Judith Showalter, Staff’s Choice Award; Forrest Stricker, PCO 2012 Hall of Fame Award; and the Batdorf family, Most Outstanding Volunteer Award.

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