Betty Kehler didn’t mince words when granted the opportunity to address the audience after she and her partner Bob Pizey received their Golden Carrot Award last week.
She sang them instead, breaking into a rendition of “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine,…” to the delight of the 100 or so people in attendance.
Kehler and Pizey, who operate Plum Ridge Farm near Teulon, were among 27 community food champions honoured Oct. 16 in conjunction with World Food Day. Now in their third year, the Golden Carrot Awards were created to honour individuals or groups who are working towards healthy, fair, sustainable food for all Manitobans. Open to all, winners are selected from nominations in rural, urban, northern, business, media and education categories.
Kehler and Pizey operate a 40-acre fruit farm using an organic production system, using composting, crop rotation and a flock of geese for weed control. Kehler said the most exciting aspect of winning the award was coming into contact with other food champions from across the province.
The awards’ founder, the Manitoba Food Charter Inc., has recently changed its name to more broadly reflect its networking activities surrounding food issues. The organization is now called Food Matters Manitoba. [email protected]