Conservation Award

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

One family farm in Augusta County is being recognized for taking a radical approach to saving the environment.

The Woolf family won top honors Sunday from the Virginia Poultry Federation, but the roots of the award go back almost two decades.

The award was given for innovation, farm management, and community involvement, but William Woolf of Weyers Cave got attention by planting more than a few trees.

"You want to be able to leave your property better than you found it," says William.

His Middon Manor farm is known for raising broiler chickens and beef cattle in Augusta County, though that's not the only thing they're raising.

"It involved about 3,000 hard woods and encompassed about a mile and a half of Naked Creek and Dices Spring," says William.

During the past 15 years, the Woolf family worked with contractors to plant more than 3,000 trees to help prevent run off and erosion.

William says, "My main goal was just to try improve the stream and the water quality."

His wife, Jackie, says tubes act as shields around the young trees, which help foster growth.

She says, "This protects the trees from the environment, the natural resources around it, like the deer and the mice when it's in its growing stages."

The Woolf family says the $18,000 job was mostly paid through grants from the state.

"It's very important for us to conserve because the farm has been in my husband's family for over 150 years," says Jackie. "We want to conserve this for our children, and their children, and future generations to come."

William says winning the award was an honor and he feels satisfied with the work he and his family have done.

Besides planting trees to preserve natural resources, they provide their cows with alternate water sources as they no longer drink from the creek, and they feed them on pads to prevent run off through storm channels.


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