LITTLETON, Maine — Joseph and Clare Desrosiers, owners of Sunnyside Farm, accepted an award for their outstanding efforts as conservationists on Oct. 21 at the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum.
The award from the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District was presented to the Desrosiers during a bean supper at the museum as their five young children surrounded them.
The couple received a wooden sign about 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide painted in green and white proclaiming Sunnyside Farm as the 2010 Outstanding Conservationists.
Joseph Desrosiers said the family was “humbled by the honor of being chosen for the award” and indicated he would hang the sign up on the side of his barn.
“We try to be good stewards of the land that God gave us,” he said. “We compost, re-use or recycle all of the by-products of our poultry operation to create fertilizer for our fruit plants.”
Also, Nancy Wright of Littleton was honored at the dinner as Outstanding Conservation Partner. Angela Wotton, district manager for the SASWCD, presented her with a brown ash platter for her past and current work.
Wotton commented on Wright’s enthusiasm and humility saying she “does things quietly but, they have a big impact” in making sure students at the Wellington School have a connection to agriculture and a first-hand experience with growing food. Wotton praised Wright who, for several years, has rallied residents, family and friends to maintain a greenhouse, fruit trees and other agricultural experiences at the school.
In keeping with the theme of the evening, according to Wotton, ingredients for the meal came from 12 area farms and producers.