By Matt Villeneuve
Don and Cathy Farrell of Ripley have won the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture Award of Merit.
A Ripley couple has been honoured with the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture Award of Merit.
Don and Cathy Farrell received the award at a celebration dinner for the Tommy Cooper award on Friday night.
They were honoured for their environmental work with the Pine River Watershed Initiative.
Don Farrell calls it "a coffee table group" of cottagers and farmers that came together to address environmental concerns and runoff issues.
The Farrells have been members of the group for 10 years -- and they have fenced off their cattle and built berms on their farm.
Cathy Farrell says they have also planted over 200,000 trees in the area.
She notes when they started 10 years ago, the watershed had less than seven per cent tree coverage.
Don Farrell feels their work has paid off because other farmers are now doing the same projects they have completed.
Farrell adds their grandchildren and future generations will be the real benefactors of their work.
If you missed the news on the weekend, the winner of the Tommy Cooper award is Brian Gilroy, an apple farmer from the Meaford area.
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