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. 

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."

Left to Right: Kacey Taylor, NRCS State Conservationist; Michael Harris, New Castle County Public Works Engineer; Edwin Alexander, DACD President; Shawn Garvin, DNREC Secretary

Left to Right: Toby Hagerott, Penn Farm Manager; Paula Angelucci, Nutritional Services Manager; Brian Erskine, Principal 

2019 Urban Conservation:

New Castle County Department of Public Works, for the Westwoods Stormwater Management Pond Upgrade

The earthen embankment of the storm water facility failed in 2017. A new pipe conveyance structure was installed through the berm with a new soil core compacted in place and stone protection placed at the inlet and outlet sections of the structure. NCC’s Department of Public Works contracted with New Castle Conservation District to re-engineer and design the upgrade project.

2019 Agricultural Conservation:

Colonial School District's Penn Farm

This site located within the historic Penn Farm started in 2012 and provides hands-on learning opportunities in areas of nutrient and irrigation management, soil health tillage practices, and market sales to over 300 students. Learn more about the farm's program, including it's CSA, by visiting: http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/pennfarm/

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 

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