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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2019
NACD AND POLLINATOR PARTNERSHIP
NAME GEORGIA FARM WINNERS OF
POLLINATOR CONSERVATION AWARD
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the Pollinator Partnership (P2) named Brian and Becky Tankersley of Double Branches Farm and Produce Market in Georgia as the 2019 recipients of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) U.S. Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award.
The U.S. Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award annually recognizes an individual or family producer who contributes significantly to pollinator species protection and conservation.
Located 35 miles north of Augusta, Double Branches Farm works cooperatively with the Lincoln County Conservation District, grows berries and vegetables, and offers pick-your-own produce. The Tankersleys operate the farm as an outdoor classroom, educating visitors on the importance of pollinator-friendly practices. Brian continues this outreach beyond the farm, writing news articles on pollinators for the general public and collaborating with the University of Georgia and agriculture companies to provide pollinator seed packets for local communities and schools. Double Branches Farm features wildflower plantings throughout the operation, as well as native plants and small shrubs around their ponds and woodland areas to provide additional habitat.
“Pollinators are integral to the health of working landscapes,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “It is important that we recognize and champion the producers who provide them with safe habitat and support their populations.”
The Tankersleys were presented the award by Peters and P2 Research Director Dr. Vicki Wojcik during the 19th annual NAPPC Conference in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Smithsonian Castle. Previous award winners include NACD Soil Health Champion Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Colorado; Lakhy Sran of Sran Family Orchards in California; and Heikes Family Farm in South Dakota.
“We depend on pollinators to help support our food, fiber and fuel supply,” Pollinator Partnership CEO and President Laurie Davies Adams said. “Pollinators’ survival is essential to our own survival, and we hope to encourage other producers to consider their own conservation stewardship practices.”
Nominations for the 2020 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award are open until Friday, July 12, 2020. Learn more at www.pollinator.org/awards.
About the National Association of Conservation Districts:
The National Association of Conservation Districts is the nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit: www.nacdnet.org.
About the Pollinator Partnership:
Pollinator Partnership is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and the largest in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), S.H.A.R.E., National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.