© Guardian photo by Steve Sharratt
A Knutsford P.E.I. farm operated by the Smallman family was presented the Gilbert Clements Environmental Award for their consistent level of quality during the Federation of Agriculture annual meeting in Charlottetown Friday. Earning the recognition from left are, Wayne, Ken, Rodney and Karl Smallman.
Triple S Farms, operated by the Smallman family, was presented the Gilbert Clements Environmental Award Friday during the annual meeting of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture.
Nominated by the Prince County Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the award is given annually to a farm that is economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible in the production or marketing of high quality food from a sustainable system.
Triple S Farms is operated by Ken Smallman and his three sons, Wayne, Karl and Rodney and began in the Knutsford area 82 years ago. They have received many top grower awards from McCains for their processing potatoes and won the P.E.I. Soil and Crop Improvement Award for Soil Conservation, the Trout Unlimited Appreciation Award, and the P.E.I. Environmental Citizen Award.
“I have worked with many individuals over the years on various types of environmental projects,” said Dale Cameron, watershed co-ordinator for the Prince County Chapter of Trout Unlimited. “As one of the larger potato growers in the area, they fully recognize the part their operation plays in the overall environmental health and go above and beyond to ensure good environmental stewardship is foremost in their operation. They are always the first to look for new and better options to manage their operation in harmony with the environment.”
The Smallmans practise a three-year rotation of potato-grain-hay on the vast majority of their land. Their hay land is mulched to return organic matter and nutrients to the soil just like the straw from the grain crop.
They implemented a number of soil conservation structures on their fields such as grass waterways, farmable berms and leave all major hollows and headlands in grass. They are advocates for sustainable agriculture and have extra wide buffer zones in their most sensitive areas.