Farm owners Jim and Sue Smith received the award during the annual Conservation Day put on Saturday Aug. 3 by the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District. The event was held at Silver Spring Farm in the town of Onondaga.
|A Jersey at Silver Spring Farm on Conservation Day|
During Conservation Day, attendees were able to tour Silver Spring Farm, take wagon rides, eat delicious dairy treats like ice cream, cheese and milk and learn about the conservation efforts of local farms.
Tre-G Farms is a fourth generation dairy farm established in 1919 by Joseph Baumgartner. Today, the farm stands in its original location along the Route 20.
The farm's unique name comes from the German translation of Baumgartner, which is "tree gardener." The farm owners decided Tre-G, pronounced Tree-G, would stand the test of time no matter what surnames come about from marriages in the family.
|Donny Jones, 3, Syracuse, enjoys milk at Conservation Day|
Some of their efforts include installing a milkhouse wastewater treatment system and barnyard runoff management system. They also have been involved in a heifer barn manure loading pushoff and rotational grazing system.
Here is some history of the farm from a brochure:
|James Hudson, 2, Camillus, eats ice cream at the event|
With a milking herd of Holstein cows, the world’s highest producing dairy animal, the farm operates a mechanical milking parlor to cycle the herd through twice a day for production.
After a near-century in the agricultural business, Tre-G Farms has evolved into a central New York functional attractive agritourism site. We have expanded and grown with every passing year. Under the current operating generation, owners Jim and Sue have directed the development of a seasonal fruit and produce farm stand.
|A Jersey calf looking cute|
In 1996, Tre-G Farms introduced strawberries and in 1997 raspberries was grown. Current produce available includes asparagus, rhubarb, sugar-snap and shell peas.