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The Eastern States Exposition Agricultural Adventurers Award

Eastern States Exposition annually bestows the Eastern States Exposition Agricultural Adventurers Award to outstanding leaders in New England agriculture.

A special committee appointed by the trustees of ESE selects its annual fellow on the basis of innovation, pioneering and lifetime dedication to the betterment of agriculture.

Award recipients have made significant contributions to New England agriculture.


Click here for a full list of Agricultural Adventurers Award recipients.


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Recipients

2017 Jan & Michelle Eckhart

2017 Jan & Michelle Eckhart

From a humble beginning as a small strawberry patch in the early 80s to a beautiful farm market, café, wedding venue, pick your own and “the place to go” in the Newport, Rhode Island area, Jan and Michelle Eckhart’s Sweet Berry Farm of Middletown is the hallmark of a true agricultural adventure. In addition to their own produce, they sell local farmers’ products such as meat, eggs, milk and cheese, and developed a free concert series with local musicians and themed meals. 
2016 Steve & Joan Verrill

2016 Steve & Joan Verrill

Verrill Farm has been in operation since 1918, when Stephen’s parents opened a successful dairy business. Steve and Joan assumed operation of the farm in 1957. The business expanded to include sale of milk, eggs, baked goods and pick-your-own strawberries, eventually converting into a thriving market garden operation with a state-of-the-art retail stand and kitchen. 
2015 Al & Barbara Bishop

2015 Al & Barbara Bishop

Bishop’s Orchards, in Guilford, Conn., is a thriving Farm Market run by multiple generations of the Bishop family. The operation sells fruit, vegetables, fresh cut flowers, milk, eggs, jams, honey, cheeses and a variety of meats. Apples, berries, vegetables and flowers can be picked by customers. The Bishop’s Farm Bakery turns out fresh pies, breads, muffins and cookies daily and the award-winning Bishop’s Orchard Winery offers dozens of locally made wine, including 12 kinds of wine made at the orchard. 
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Ag Adventurers Committee

Chairman: Donald Upton

Committee: Randolph Blackmer, Roderick Carr, Eugene J. Cassidy, Donald R. Chase, Alan Curler, Anthony Donatelli, Jr., Douglas P. Gillespie, Lynville W. Jarvis, M. Arthur Kelley, Elizabeth Kennett, Thomas P. Sandham, Robert Spear, Stephen Taylor, H. Dexter Young
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