A PROCLAMATION TO RECOGNIZE the Leonard Family for their outstanding farm conservation management practices  

            WHEREAS, the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District (JMSWCD) serves this community through programs and activities that enhance water quality of our surface and ground waters; while conserving and protecting our natural resources.

WHEREAS, the JMSWCD, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, selects and recognizes farmers who demonstrate outstanding management practices which conserve our precious natural resources through the Bay Friendly Clean Water Farm Award Program.

WHEREAS, the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District has selected Al-Mara Farm, Inc., owned and operated by the Leonard Family, as the Bay Friendly Clean Water Farm Award Program recipient of Fauquier County for 2002.

WHEREAS, That the Leonard Family demonstrates a commitment to the conservation of the natural resources on their farm through:

        Progressive, state of the art dairy farming practices;

        A long-standing commitment to soil and water conservation;

        Implementation of a farm nutrient management plan; and

        Innovative agricultural educational opportunities for school children and the general public; now, therefore, be it 

PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 21st day of January 2003, That the Leonard Family is hereby commended for their commitment to protecting and enhancing waters that flow beyond farm boundaries, and for the conservation ethic demonstrated through their farm management practices.




Harry F. Atherton

Chairman of the Board