Snohomish Conservation District
Several farmers, businesses and the district manager were honored April 12 in Mukilteo, Wash., at the Snohomish Conservation District’s Better Ground Showcase.
The district’s manager, Monte Marti, was surprised with a Lifetime Achievement Award, according to a press release. Marti has been manager since 2010 and before that was on the board of supervisors for 25 years.
Three people were named Conservation Leaders of Year: Eric Fitch of Snohomish, Robyn Smith of Bothell and Holly Small of Stanwoood.
Fritch has fenced off riparian areas, implemented a farm plan on his grass-fed beef operation and supports new and beginning farmers.
Smith, who runs Equine Life Solutions, installed a manure composting system, a rain garden and cisterns to reduce stormwater running into a creek.
Small has worked for many years with the conservation district to develop and implement the Washington State University Cultivating Success program.
Qualco Energy and Werkhoven Dairy in Monroe were also honored as Conservation Businesses of the Year.
The conservation district staff built a rain garden at the dairy to safeguard a tributary of the Snohomish River. Qualco Energy was started 10 years ago when dairy farmers formed a partnership to build an anaerobic digester.
Snohomish County Farm Bureau President Dan Bartelheimer also received a Conservation Business of the Year award. Bartelheimer has been a consistent advocate for responsible stewardship, according to the press release.