Local Conservation Awards

Through out the year that are different awards given to organizations/farms/programs who show commitment to conservation. 

Below are receipts within New Castle County who have been recognized for their on-going efforts. 

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Cooperator of the Year

This award recognizes those farms which demonstrate outstanding stewardship and conservation practices done in partnership with New Castle Conservation District. 

2020- Bob Uniatowski

Congratulations to the Bob Uniatowski for receiving the 2020 Cooperator of the Year award! Bob no tills 120 acres on the home farm and another 255 acres of rented land. The biggest benefit of his conservation practices is controlling soil erosion and water quality as land drains to Noxontown Pond. 

Bob was part of #teamnotill during the Delaware Conservation Partnership's  No-Till November campaign.

Governor's Conservation Awards 

Each year, awards are given in the categories of agricultural and urban conservation within each of Delaware's three counties. These honorees are chosen for their "ongoing commitment to improving the environment." In 2021 the awards were held virtually due to COVID-19. View the recording here!

2021 Agricultural Conservation:

Marianne Hardesty

In Marianne Hardesty’s 40+ year career with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the New Castle Conservation District, the summary of her conservation activities with farmers would fill a library. She and the NRCS team worked on just about every farm in New Castle County to implement on-farm conservation practices for soil erosion and nutrient management. Marianne also provided producers with expert technical guidance for various wildlife practices while contributing significantly to the New Castle County Agricultural Land Preservation program.. A strong advocate for outreach and education, she served for many years as an education on the soils topic for the Delaware Envirothon, provided outreach during University of Delaware Ag Day, and was a key person in the development of the Day on the Farm event, organizing the farm tour portion of the event. Congratulations, Marianne! 

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Top: Marianne giving a soil lecture to a group of kids at summer camp- 1991 Bottom: Marianne doing outreach at UD Ag Day- 2014

2021 Urban Conservation:

Skyline Orchard Civic Association and General Excavating, Inc for the Skyline Orchards Emergency Road Repair Project

August 2020 storms caused significant damage to road infrastructure on Dogwood Drive and Hemlock Drive. The drainage pipe on Dogwood Drive filled with sediment during the storm. The runoff overtopped the road causing severe downslope erosion. The same storm event caused a large sinkhole on Hemlock Drive over a stormwater pipe and filled a stormwater basin with sediment. On Dogwood Drive, the sediment was removed, the pipe extended and both sides protected with riprap. Project funding came from the Skyline Orchard Civic Association, NCC Councilperson Janet Kilpatrick, State Representative Krista Griffiths, and Senator Laura Sturgeon along with funding from the District

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Repaired Dogwood Drive with extended pipe as part of the Skyline Orchards Emergency Road Repair Project- August 2020

Past Award Recipients

Cooperator of the Year

2020- Bob Uniatowski

2019- Ramsey's Farm

2018-  Filasky's Farm

2017-  George Whitehead

2016-  David H. Daniels Sr. & father 20202  David R. Daniels

2015- Bill Alfree (Deer Crossing Farm)

2014- Gwen and Norman Pierce

2013- Delaware Nature Society 

2012-  Two Eagles Farm, LLC

2011- Delaware Wild Lands, Inc. 

2010- Bill and Mary Jane Willis 

2009- Joseph Vari

2008-  Woodside Farm

2007-  Jack and Neal Duke

2006- Dennis and Morgan Clay

2005- Jack Coleman

2004- Ben  Walters 

2003- Sterling Nursery

2002- James Correll

2001- Jim Reynolds

2000- Steve Corazza​​

Governor's Conservation Awards 


20aAgricultural- Marianne Hardesty

20aUrban- Skyline Orchard Civic Association 20aand General Excavating Inc – Skyline 20aOrchards Emergency Road Repair 20aProject20202020  Skyline 

2020- No awards were held due to COVID-19


20aAgricultural- Colonial School District's Penn        Farm

       Urban- NCCo Dept. of Public Works – 20202020   Westwoods Stormwater               20202020  Management Pond


20Urban- Cheltenham Bridge –Westminster 20202020Civic Association


20Agricultural- John R. Stinson & Sons Inc.

20Urban- Dragon Run Tide Gate Repair


20Agricultural- Emerson Family Farm

20Urban- Green Valley 2nd Street Streambank 20202020Stabilization Project


20Agricultural- Whitehead Cattle Company

20Urban-NCCo Carousel Park Pond