Petite Beef by Headwater Farms achieved national recognition as a model
promoting farm viability and water resource protection. The project was
profiled in an article in the Jan 2001 Conservation Technology Information Center
October 2001, the WV Environmental Institute--a consortium of government,
industry, and private groups—honored the Headwater Farms
with their top award for demonstrating “innovation, creativity, and the
ability to think 'outside the box'.” We
were selected because our project was deemed an outstanding model to emphasize
the theme of the 2001 Conference on the Environment: “A match made in
‘Almost Heaven’; marrying West Virginia’s economic and environmental
November 2001, the WV Watershed Network praised CI as the group that has “best
implemented agricultural land use practices” in pursuit of conservation goals.
Cheves, WVU Extension Agent for Hampshire County, received the “2001 Extension
Agent of the Year” Award in part for his work on Headwater Farms.
Agriculture Research and Education program (our major funder) chose the
Headwater Farms program as on of twelve projects (out of more than 200) to
profile in their SARE 2002 Annual Report.
On June 26, 2002, the
Headwater Farms partners, including CI, were individually honored in Washington
DC by Colien Hefferan -- Administrator of the USDA-Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service -- "for innovative collaboration
and good stewardship in developing the Headwater Farms Petite Beef