VALLEY FARMS GET MORRELL AWARD

by Christian Mower on November 22, 2013

TWO PROMINENT FARM FAMILIES IN THE VALLEY ARE BEING RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS AND EFFORTS TO SUSTAIN LOCAL AGRICULTURE.

JAC CUDDY, THE EXEC. DIRECTOR OF THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY ECONOMIC COUNCIL, SAYS THE WESTON AND SHERMAN FAMILIES WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT THE COUNCIL’S ANNUAL DINNER FRIDAY NIGHT (NOV. 22, 2013). BOTH FAMILIES WILL BE AWARDED THE “BOB MORRELL” AWARD FOR CIVIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP, NAMED IN HONOR OF THE LATE CO-FOUNDER OF “STORYLAND” AND HERITAGE NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND ESTABLISHED TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE QUALITIES MORRELL DEMONSTRATED AS A BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADER.

U.S. SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN IS SCHEDULED TO GIVE THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE ANNUAL DINNER AT THE RED JACKET MOUNTAIN VIEW RESORT IN NORTH CONWAY. A SPOKESMAN SAYS THE SENATOR WILL DISCUSS HER EFFORTS TO PROMOTE JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

CUDDY SAYS THE WESTON AND SHERMAN FAMILIES ARE BEING RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR PART IN SUPPORTING A RELATIVELY RECENT “FARM TO TABLE” INITIATIVE IN THE VALLEY THAT HAS RESULTED IN FARMER’S MARKETS AND LOCAL INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS LIKE THE VALLEY ORIGINALS THAT BUY AND SUPPORT LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD PRODUCTS.

THE WESTON FAMILY HAS FARMED ON THE BANKS OF THE SACO RIVER IN FRYEBURG, MAINE SINCE 1799 AND OPERATES A FARM STAND AT THE FARM AND IN CONWAY.

PHYLLIS AND HER LATE HUSBAND AL SHERMAN FOUNDED SHERMAN FARM ON EAST CONWAY ROAD IN 1964. THE STATIONS OF THE MOUNT WASHINGTON RADIO GROUP SUPPORT THE FARM’S ANNUAL FALL “AGRITAINMENT” EVENT THE CORNFIELD MAIZE. PORTIONS OF PROCEEDS FROM THE MAIZE ARE DONATED TO LOCAL CHARITIES.

MICHELE DUTTON, THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF AL AND PHYLLIS, IS BUSINESS MANAGER AND PARTNER AT SHERMAN FARM. SHE SAYS THE 150 ACRE FARM OPERATES A YEAR ROUND FARMSTAND THAT OFFERS LOCALLY PRODUCED MILK, MEAT PRODUCTS, FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES FROM ASPARAGUS TO ZUCCHINI.

THE FARM TAKES A NUMBER OF STEPS TO PRESERVE THE LAND, INCLUDING COVERING FALLOW FIELDS AND USING LOW PRESSURE WATER TO AVOID EXCESS RUNOFF.

DUTTON SAYS HER FAMILY IS HONORED TO GET THE AWARD, THAT WILL BE PRESENTED BY MORRELL’S WIDOW, MIRIAM MORRELL. THE EVENT STARTS AT 6 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IT, CALL THE ECONOMIC COUNCIL AT (603) 447-6622.

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