WET Honors Environmental Advocacy and Stewardship on Oct. 25
The event will include a silent auction including artwork from local artists, gift baskets, timeshares and donations and gift cards from local restaurants, followed by dinner and the night’s guest speaker, Maryland’s former Secretary of Planning, Richard Hall.
Hall is a Salisbury native and was awarded the Hall of the Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay Award which is the highest honor given to an individual for environmental contributions.
Martin will be receiving the John Groutt Award for Environmental Stewardship for his healthy, safe and sustainable food and farming practices for over 20 years. He began as one of the first Community Supported Agriculture farmers in the area and has helped others form multi-farm CSA’s.
Pastor Hutchinson will be awarded the WET Award for Environmental Advocacy for his efforts in establishing and growing Camden Community garden, grown with the intentions of a bringing a neighborhood together through gardening.
Deborah Finkbeiner from Wicomico Environmental Trust said Hutchinson is devoted to bringing awareness to quality food and revitalizing neighborhoods by addressing the neglected vacant lots that bring down the self-esteem of the community.
“We see him as someone who is really invested into his community,” she said. “In addition to Camden Community garden, he tries to get the schools on-board for growing their own gardens and teaching children how food is grown.”
Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at www.wicomicoenvironment.org. For more information or to make a donation head to the website or call 443-880-3182.
Wicomico Environmental Trust 2016 Annual Dinner & Awards
October 28, 2016 6-9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $60
Guest Speaker: Richard Hall
– Maryland’s former Secretary of Planning 2007-2015
– current Executive Director at Citizens Planning & Housing Association
– awarded the Hall of the Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay Award, the highest honor given to an individual for environmental contributions
– Items up for auction:
artwork from local artists, gift baskets, donations & gift cards from local restaurants, timeshares
All quotes from Deborah Finkbeiner of WET
Jay Martin, Provident Farms
Award: John Groutt Award for Environmental Stewardship
– has been an organic farmer for 20 years
– speaks at local conferences
– advocate for buying local
– QUOTE: “He began one of the first CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) in our area and has been actively involved in helping other’s start their own.”
Pastor Martin Hutchinson, founder of Camden Community Gardens
Award: WET award for Environmental Advocacy
Serves on Board of Director s for Hazel Foundation
Active member of WET
– QUOTES: “We see him as someone who is really invested into his community. In addition to Camden Community Gardens, he tries to get the schools onboard for growing their own gardens and teaching children how food is grown. He helps bring awareness to quality food and gardening and is taking that idea everywhere.”