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Basin Program honors two Vermont farms

VERMONT The Lake Champlain Basin Program honored four farms in New York, Vermont and Quebec for their exemplary efforts go beyond regulatory programs to reduce pollution entering the Lake Champlain watershed. This years recipients of the LCBPs Lake Champlain Farm Award are: Girouxs Poultry Farm Farm in Chazy, NY, Fermes Gasser Ltee in Pike River, Quebec, Burtland Farm in Georgia, VT, and Gosliga Farms in Addison, VT.

The farm families, nominated by agricultural organizations, have also been recognized for their community leadership and willingness to share techniques for reducing pollution.

Professional farmers should be recognized for the amazing job they do producing food for us while protecting the environment, and the LCBP Farm Award does just that, said Steve Mahoney, Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Gosliga Farm, Addison, VT
Jake Gosliga and his family operate a beautiful second generation dairy farm highlighted by the dramatic background of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks with lands that stretch down to the Dead Creek wildlife area. Jake Gosliga participated in the first UVM Extension farmer nutrient management class, learning to write and implement his own nutrient management plan. Working with challenging South Lake clay soils, he regularly rotates his crops to lower soil erosion and applies manure based on correct agronomic rates. He maintains buffers on his fields adjacent to waterways to reduce pathogens from manure applications and maintains grass waterways on all field ditches.

The Gosliga Farm has worked extensively with both Ben and Jerrys agricultural soil research testing program and UVM researchers, providing them with unlimited access to farm fields as they continue refining the Vermont Phosphorus Index used in farm management planning. To improve wildlife habitat, the farm has designated a forest and pond nesting area adjacent to several fiends for snow geese habitat. The Gosliga farm also maintains many acres of woodland, increasing wildlife habitat and improving water quality.

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