You may already have heard the exciting news that local farm operators, Ross and Erin Springford, were recognized with the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Customer Spotlight Award, for their excellence in farming practices and service to their community.
“This award celebrates our desire to showcase the best of local food and the focus we put on putting our customers and family first. In particular, the FCC was impressed with our efforts to help educate people about our farm, how our animals live and where our food comes from”, said the Springfords.
“As the only representatives from BC/Alberta to be recognized, Springford Farm was proud to fly the flag for BC farming and for the people who make our farm market such a wonderful place to discover fresh, locally raised, Island-grown food … and that includes you!
“There wouldn’t be a ‘Customer Spotlight’ award without you: thank you for supporting our farm and all the work we do”.
Ross and Erin joined other award winners at the official Ag Day celebrations in Ottawa in February. Their visit included a tour of the Senate with agriculture expert, Sen. Robert Black, and an elegant dinner hosted by FCC’s CEO, Michael Hoffort.
As FCC award winners, Springford Farm was presented with a $2,500 grant to donate to the charity of their choice.
“After much thought, we decided to split this money between two charities that are very close to our hearts: the Nanoose Community Services Food Program and the BC Ag in the Classroom Foundation – a non-profit, charitable organization that works with educators, farmers and experts in the field to bring local agriculture to BC’s students” they said.