The Virginia Clean Water Farm Grand Basin Awards are presented each year to farmers or farm owners who are doing exceptional work to protect soil and water resources. One winner is selected from each of Virginia’s 10 major river basins.

The awards are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in partnership with Virginia’s 47 soil and water conservation districts. Awards were presented Dec. 4 during the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annual meeting in Portsmouth.

“These farms represent the best in conservation farming in Virginia,” DCR Director Clyde Cristman said. “By voluntarily implementing practices, such as stream fencing, cover crops, riparian buffers, nutrient management plans and more, these producers improve their properties and conditions for people downstream.”

Among the winners were Eastern Shore farmers, Lynn and Sands Gayle of Mount Nebo Farms LLC, Accomack County. The Gayles were nominated by the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District.