Friday, October 20, 2017

Windmill Acres Farm Wins Award

Alan HartAlan Hart owner and operator of Windmill Acres Farm has been awarded the Florida Innovative Farmer Award for 2011. Alan was nominated for the award by Florida A & M University for his efforts to operate his goat dairy farm using innovative techniques that reduce the carbon footprint of his farm and protects the natural resources. He also produces a locally grown, value added product that is offered to the public. He has conducted goat husbandry seminars at his farm for other goat producers in order to enhance their abilities and knowledge. He has also been instrumental in changing Division of Dairy rules and regulations as they pertain to small producers in order to make it more accessible and more economical for them to become Grade A certified.

The award was presented at the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprise Conference in Osceola County on July 16, 2011. Florida Innovative Farm Award.The goal of the Florida Innovative Farmer Award is to recognize farmers and ranchers who are leaders and innovators based on the following criteria: • Success in making farming systems more profitable over the long term. • Ability to use farming practices that enhance, rather than harm, natural resources. • Leading - or participating in - activities that support viable communities, either through economic development or contribution to regional food systems. • Effective outreach and/or education about sustainable agriculture ideas and practices to others, such as producers, community leaders, agricultural educators and the general public.

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