Longtime farmers win Buffer Award
The Goldie Carpenter farm has been named the 2007 winner of the annual Buffer Award presented by the Leavenworth County Conservation District.
The award was presented to Carpenter at the annual dinner meeting on Jan. 26 at the Lansing Community Center. It consisted of a framed certificate for her home and a metal sign, which can be placed on the property.
This award is presented each year to a Leavenworth County farm family that participates in the state buffer program by installing and maintaining grass filter strips or riparian forest buffers along and adjacent to a perennial or intermittent stream on their farm.
The buffers are designed to provide filtration for water leaving cropland and entering these streams. This filtration removes sediment and chemicals used in agricultural activities, which if allowed to enter the stream, would greatly reduce the quality of water in the stream.
In addition to improving water quality, the buffers also provide cover and habitat for wildlife.
The Carpenters, who have been on the farm for more than 50 years, first installed buffers in 2006 and have maintained the buffers since then, according to state program requirements. Their buffers are the grass strip type and are planted with a native grass mix with an average width of 120 feet. Accumulated land total in all buffers on the Carpenter's farm is approximately 9 acres.