STORMONT — Farming volunteers were acknowledged at the annual Celebration of Agriculture held by Stormont Federation of Agriculture on Saturday night.
The two major awards of the evening — Farmer(s) of the Year and the Volunteer Award of Merit — respectively went to Jacques and Bernadine Pilon of Finch, and Nancy Wert of Avonmore.
Jacques and Bernardine Pilon
Jacques and Bernardine Pilon have both been involved with Stormont Agricultural Organizations such as the Stormont County Fair, Roxborough Ag Society, Federation of Agriculture, Soil and Crop, 4H, Holstein Club and Dairy Producers. Stormont County’s 2016 Farmers of the Year were also cited for their involvement with community groups such as Church Council, Knights of Columbus and Catholic Women’s League. The Pilons raised their children on their dairy farm and have seen them grow up, continue in the ag world, and start their own families as well. The dairy herd has left the home farm but the cash crop operation continues on.
Volunteer Award of Merit for 2016, Nancy Wert was raised on a beef farm, is a graduate from the University of Guelph and a former OMAF staffer who finally settled in Stormont County. She and her husband continue to move forward with their dairy and cash crop farm. They have raised four boys, some who work at home and some continue their studies. Acknowledged as a vital part of the community, the recipient is involved with the Dairy Educator Program, Avonmore Fair, Avonmore Recreation, Christmas House Tour, North Stormont Place, Spring Ladies Gala — among other community events. Wert was also instrumental in hosting Breakfast on the Farm when Stanlee Farms celebrated 150 years of existence.
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