‘We’ve been here 20 years and work really hard’
EARLTOWN – Sugar Moon Farm owners have received a very prestigious provincial award.
The Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists recently presented awards, including the Outstanding Farmer of 2014 honour, which went to Sugar Moon Farm. Quita Gray and daughter Samara accepted the award, which was presented by Peter Burgess, right, president of the agrologists organization. Dale McIsaac, of Amherst, was presented with the Distinguished Agrologist Award. McIsaac was instrumental in nominating Sugar Moon Farm for its award. Submitted photo
Co-owners Quita Gray and husband Scott Whitelaw were recently honoured with the Outstanding Farmer of 2014 Award, which was presented by the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists.
“When we were told we were nominated we were stunned because there are so many established farmers in Nova Scotia,” Gray told the Truro Daily News. “At first we were totally humble, and still are, but then we thought, ‘we’ve been here 20 years and work really hard to do what we do.’ We are very proud.”
Gray believes there are a number of reasons the Earltown-based Sugar Moon Farm, which has 2,500 taps, a log sugar camp and restaurant and is open weekends year-round and daily in July and August, received the award.
“For what we have done for the maple industry in Nova Scotia ... we are the only year-round maple operation east of Quebec,” she said. “And we get more than 20,000 visitors a year who also learn about the culture and heritage of maple syrup.”
The farm also welcomes “thousands” of school children a year and has active partnerships with chefs around the province and trail operations.
Dale McIsaac, of Amherst, was one of the people who nominated Sugar Moon Farm for the award.
“They have raised the awareness of the maple industry, of the region, of local food producers and of agricultural production in Nova Scotia,” McIsaac, who was presented with the Distinguished Agrologist Award for outstanding service to the agriculture profession, said about the Earltown farm in a nomination letter.
For more information on Sugar Moon Farm, log onto www.sugarmoon.ca