Jake Putnam will receive the “Cooperator of the year” award for 2015. The award is given to producers who support District programs; practice and promote the wise use of soil, water, and natural resources on their farms; and provide agricultural leadership throughout their community.
Jake and his wife, Elizabeth, have been working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Eaton Conservation District to obtain their MAEAP verification and USDA Organic certification. Through their business American Delicacy, they are growing healthy, sustainable vegetables and natural produce from forests.
The Putnam’s recently installed cover crops, wildflower buffers and a seasonal high tunnel on their farm. The funding was provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. They are also in the process of expanding their organic operation to include row crops such as soybeans. They are always looking for new and innovative practices to implement on their operation.
The District board of directors and office staff congratulate Jake Putnam and commend his continued efforts toward protecting and improving our natural resources.