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CONSERVATION FARM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Emmi and Sons, Inc. in Baldwinsville was chosen to receive the 2016 Conservation Farm of the Year Award for environmental stewardship by the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District. Tony Emmi is the primary owner of the farm, a third generation, 300 acre fruit and vegetable farm. The farm was started by Anthony Emmi (grandfather of Tony Emmi) who came to the United States in 1921, began work as a dich-digger, and saved enough money to start the farm north of Syracuse. Emmi & Sons was incorporated in 1961 as a partnership between Anthony Emmi, Carmen Emmi, and son-in-law Sam Mangano. Since 2006, the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District has worked with the Emmi Farm to deliver conservation practices through the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management Program. District projects at the farm include an agrichemical mixing facility, and a produce process wash water treatment system. The farm has also worked with USDA-NRCS to install micro-irrigation to conserve water and reduce the risk of soil erosion and runoff. The farm does a significant amount of conservation work on their own, including Nutrient Management to prevent the over-application of fertilizer, Integrated Pest Management to reduce pesticide and herbicide usage, and Crop Management Practices such as conservation crop rotations, cover crops, and leaving fields fallow; all of which improve soil function and viability, leading to healthier soils and crops.
Tony Emmi was presented with the award at the Onondaga County Farm Fest, September 24th, at the Greenwood Winery and Bistro in East Syracuse. Congratulations to Tony and all of the employees at Emmi Farms!
Thank you to the Onondaga County Agriculture Council, and the Onondaga County Cornell Cooperative Extension for putting on an excellent first-ever Open Farm Day, and providing the Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District the opportunity to present its annual Conservation Farm of the Year Award to Emmi & Sons Farm!
FARM OF THE YEAR AWARD
2015: Lawrence Doody & Sons, LLC
2014: Barbland Dairy, LLC
2013: Tre-G Farms, LLC
2012: Burgett Farm
2011: Reeves Farms
2010: Greenfield Farms, LLC
MUNICIPAL PARTNER AWARD
2015: Onondaga County Dept. Transportation
2016: Town of Camillus Highway Dept.
Chartered in 1944, the Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District is one of 58 special purpose Districts in New York State, one in each county, including the five boroughs of New York City. Each District is governed by a Board of Directors who set program policy to be implemented by the District staff.
In Onondaga County, the District staff consists of an Executive Director, Program Team Leaders, Water Quality Specialists, support staff and various volunteers and interns.
Your District is funded largely through state grants and county appropriations.
Reducing erosion and nutrient runoff from agricultural and non-agricultural nonpoint sources by the use of Best Management Practices.
Board of Directors
Click here "Board" to see the membership of the District's Board of Directors through the years.