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September 14, 2011
2011 Oxford Stewardship Award winner announced
Thomas and Wendy Jackson of Thamesford recognized for holistic approach to environmental and farm management practices

County of Oxford Warden Don McKay presented the 2011 Oxford Stewardship Award to Zorra Township residents Thomas and Wendy Jackson today for their voluntary efforts to help protect the quality of Oxford’s soil, water and air.

Singled out by the Oxford Stewardship Award selection committee for their deep commitment to conservation efforts, the Jacksons help protect soil, water and air quality by using geo-thermal technology in their milking system; employing various manure management practices to help control run-off and protect water; using crop rotations to ensure greater use of nutrients while limiting pests and pathogens; and using field windbreaks to help protect against soil erosion.

The Jacksons were chosen from a pool of three finalists whose environmental stewardship practices were endorsed by the Clean Water Program, a program to promote rural water quality funded by the County of Oxford and administered by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

In keeping with the theme of celebrating and supporting local achievement, the County of Oxford is again honouring this year’s Oxford Stewardship Award recipient with original artwork commissioned from a local artist. As the 2011 winner, the Jacksons receive a $500 gift certificate towards the purchase of a work of art by local ceramic artist and painter Shane Norrie of Ingersoll.

The winner of the Oxford Stewardship Award is chosen by Stewardship Oxford and the Oxford Soil & Crop Improvement Association, with Ian Mayberry, Soil & Crop Improvement Association, and Catherine Stewart-Mott, Stewardship Oxford, leading the judging process. This year’s other short-listed nominees include: 

  • Alan Dale from the Curries area (Norwich Township), who used block tree planting to help control soil erosion on his land and planted native grasses to harvest for livestock; and 
  • Dan and Dianne Vermeersch from the Norwich area (Norwich Township), who developed wetlands on their property to serve as a habitat for area wildlife.

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