Shelburne County strawberry farmer recognized with provincial award of excellence in agriculture

For 40 years, a visit or two to Jackson Lore's u-pick strawberry farm in Middle Clyde River has been a summertime destination and tradition for many people in southwestern Nova Scotia. Lore has been recognized by the provincial Department of Agriculture with a 2022 Minister's Award of Excellence in Agriculture for Outstanding Farmer.

"This award recognizes a farmer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in adopting innovation, ensuring quality, and championing environmental sustainability through their farming practices," said Greg Morrow, Minister of Agriculture, when presenting the award to Lore.

"Through a commitment to sustainability, the farm has transitioned from a traditional matted row strawberry production system – and adopted new practices that reduce the need for pest control and watering," said Minister Morrow. "Jackson's commitment to the horticultural industry is demonstrated through research partnerships with Horticulture Nova Scotia. His collaborations with other industry members are always aimed at strengthening the local supply chain. And his leadership example in environmental stewardship is one we are proud to commend."

Lore was nominated for the award by Sherry Thorburn Irvine, owner/operator of Sherry Hill Farm in Sandy Point, where she grows lavender.

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