2013 Stewardship Award Winner – Farmland Stewardship Category
Ken Akopiantz runs “Horse Drawn Farm” on Lopez Island, which is protected by a conservation easement with the San Juan Preservation Trust for its agricultural values. Ken’s stewardship ethic and dedication to his work is evident in that his farm is one of the most successful and productive farms in the county. In addition, this past year, Ken was the leader of the “GMO-Free San Juan County” campaign. This successful campaign makes it unlawful to propagate or grow plants or animals in San Juan County that have been genetically modified. Ken has truly left a legacy not only in the stewardship of his farm, but in the preservation and integrity of our local food system.