Boylan named Extension Agent of the Year
Richard Boylan has been named North Carolina Cooperative Extension Agent of the Year by a sustainable-development organization.
Boylan is a cooperative extension agent for Ashe and Watauga counties who has focused on expanding and improving organic crop production, new markets and beneficial insects for local growers.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has named this year's sustainable agriculture award recipients. The awards were announced Dec. 5, 2009 at a gathering of over 500 sustainable agriculture advocates and farmers for the 24th annual CFSA conference in Black Mountain.
The recognized institutions and individuals have shown outstanding service and helped grow the sustainable food movement in North and South Carolina into one of the most significant trends in the Carolinas, as judged by CFSA.
Boylan helped jumpstart the area's organic farm marketing cooperative, New River Organic Growers. He has helped local farmers adapt organic farming practices to the climate and soil conditions of the region and sell their products to consumers across the state. He's also been instrumental in operating the Upper Mountain Research Station in Ashe County, exploring various plants and organic techniques.
Boylan said, "Richard has continued to be a wonderful source of assistance and inspiration for High Country farmers," said Roland McReynolds, CFSA Executive Director.
Others recognized at the conference were: Farmer of the Year, Doug Jones, Pittsboro; Non-profit of the Year, Toxic Free North Carolina, Raleigh; Business of the Year, Blue Ridge Food Ventures, Enka. Activist of the Year, Smithson Mills, Asheville; Career Achievement Award, Paul Mueller, Raleigh; and South Carolina Cooperative Extension Agent of the Year, York Glover, Beaufort, SC.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is a 26-year-old non-profit network of more than 1,200 members that promotes local organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating and organizing farmers and consumers.