Harrington farmers honored for environmental stewardship

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Poultry farmers John and Linda Brown were recognized during Delaware Ag Week for their efforts to improve water quality and reduce nutrient runoff with the 2018 Delaware Environmental Stewardship Award.

The Brown’s L&J Farm in Harrington raises chickens for Perdue Farm’s Coleman Organic division.

Certified organic, the poultry houses have an attached area where the birds can spend the daylight hours. The houses are equipped with windows to let in natural light.

The Browns harness solar energy to power the farm and utilize an electric car. Woods provide a barrier against noise and odors and runoff is treated by a series of storm-water ponds.

The Environmental Stewardship Awards were presented Monday to the Browns and three other runner-ups by Nutrient Management Administrator Chris Brosch. Each year, the Commission partners with Delaware’s poultry integrators to sponsor the Environmental Stewardship Awards.

Runners-up were:

  • Chad and Joanna Carpenter of East Piney Grove Farm have been raising chickens since 2010. The couple grows for Mountaire Farms, with a capacity of 300,000 birds.
  • Ken and Nicole Wilkins of Felton, grow for Amick.
  • Carol Johnson of Bridgeville, who grows for Allen Harim, raises 90,000 chickens and tills twenty-five acres on Loockerman Farm.

The Browns will receive $1,000, a plaque and sign for their farm. The runners-up will receive $500, plaques and signs.

The awards are supported by Allen Harim Foods, Amick Farms, Mountaire Farms and Perdue Farms.

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