David Krosting Sustainability Award

SVS presents our Annual David Krosting Sustainability Award at each year’s Harvest Celebration to a recipient who displays a strong commitment to Lemhi County’s triple bottom line: economy, community, and environment. The award is named in honor of the Bureau of Land Management Salmon Field Office manager who lost his battle with cancer in 2003. Dave challenged his employees and himself to consider not just how a project affected the environment, but also to look at community and economic benefits.

 

2016 Award Winner: Swift River Farm, Jessica McAleese & Jeremy Shreve

Previous Years’ Award Recipients

2015 David Lingle

2014 Beth Waterbury

2013 Bighorn Outfitters

2012 ESP Recycling

2011 Beyeler Ranches

2010 Lemhi County Humane Society

2009 Lemhi County Farmers Market

2008 Salmon Valley Honey

 

Salmon Valley Stewardship presented the 2016 David Krosting Sustainability Award to Swift River Farm’s Jeremy Shreve and Jessica McAleese at SVS’s Harvest Celebration September 23, 2016.

The award honors the attitude and ethics of former Bureau of Land Management Salmon Field Office manager David Krosting. Krosting earned the respect of community leaders for valuing not only the land he managed, but also the people on the land.

SVS’ Rachel Layman made the announcement to the attendees at Friday’s sold-out Harvest Celebration. “Since these two first arrived here, I’ve watched them play a vital role in transforming the local foods landscape of the Salmon Valley. Those of us who have been here for a while would likely agree that local foods used to be so hard to come by. But since Jeremy & Jessica landed on the scene, they’ve literally and figuratively put down roots in this community, working hard to feed us and encouraging us to find our own role in that, too. They know that a flourishing local foods network requires a community full of individuals fortified by knowledge, engagement, and excitement for feeding ourselves,” Layman said.

Jeremy Shreve and Jessica McAleese, co-founders of Swift River Farm believe strongly in connecting their passion for growing good food with the opportunity to connect with their community and grow a healthy, accessible food system. They have been committed small scale farming using sustainable and organic practices for the last eight years, operating a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Pocatello, Idaho prior to their arrival in Salmon in 2013. McAleese and Shreve have additionally supported the local foods movement in Salmon most notably through leadership roles with Lemhi County Farmers’ Market, Salmon School Garden Project, and the Salmon Valley Local Foods Coalition.

“It is such an honor to be chosen for this award,” noted McAleese. “In the height of farming season, sometimes Jeremy and I are knee-deep in the details of farming from sun up to sundown. Then suddenly we look up and we are surrounded by this amazing community who has come together in celebration of the power of local foods. We don’t often get a chance to pause when there is so much work to be done, but it is so important to take these moments to reflect and celebrate the great things that are happening in our community. We are humbled and honored beyond words.”

SVS Executive Director Gina Knudson said, “As we reviewed the nominations for Swift River Farms, it was clear that community members are excited about attracting beginning farmers to Lemhi County. People appreciate their contribution to a growing array of vegetable producers in the area, and they noted the leadership this couple has shown on everything from the Lemhi County’s Farmer Market to the Salmon School Garden project to helping to forge better relationships with state food regulation authorities.”