Patty McManus-Huber and her husband, Nash Huber, owners of Nash’s Organic Produce in Dungeness, celebrate his being presented with a Steward of Sustainable Agriculture award by the Ecological Farming Association at its 31st annual conference. The award, a hand-carved gourd, is the organization’s symbol of agricultural stewardship. Submitted photo
Nash Huber, owner of Nash’s Organic Produce in Dungeness, received a Steward of Sustainable Agriculture award from the Ecological Farming Association at its 31st annual conference in Pacific Grove, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 28.
Better known as EcoFarm, the conference is the largest sustainable agriculture gathering in the western U.S. It has been spotlighting visionary farmers, academics, restaurateurs, authors and others at its conferences since 1988.
The award, a hand-carved gourd, the organization’s symbol of agricultural stewardship, honors three individuals, couples or groups each year who have demonstrated, in word and action, a long-term, significant contribution to sustainable agriculture and the well-being of farming and the planet. Past recipients include chef Alice Waters and publisher Robert Rodale.
Huber started Nash’s Organic Produce in 1979. Today he and his team farm about 400 acres growing organic fruits, vegetables, grains and seed crops. They also raise pastured hogs and chickens using sustainable methods.
The farm employs 35-plus people, participates in 11 farmers markets, sells wholesale to PCC Natural Markets of Seattle and several West Coast distributors, runs a year-round farm store and operates a summer/fall and winter Community Supported Agriculture program. It also works to preserve sources of organic seed for the future.
Huber believes that training the next generation to farm in a sustainable way is as important as the farming itself. His crew of young farmers has worked with him for many years and runs the day-to-day operations. He also works to protect farmland on the Olympic Peninsula and received the Vim Wright Award for Farming in the Environment in 2006 and the Steward of the Land Award from American Farmland Trust in 2008.
In addition to receiving this award, Huber participated in a panel entitled “Integrating Organic Seed Production into a Diversified Farming Operation.”
The Ecological Farming Association is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1981. EcoFarm fosters a far-reaching network of people, NGOs and businesses committed to sustainable agriculture.
EcoFarm’s education programs have reached more than 60,000 participants for more than 30 years. The organization’s programs bring together a diversity of stakeholders in California food production to promote grassroots leadership and regional solutions to decrease the negative impacts of industrial agriculture on environmental and community health.
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