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Rumford Point picture takes first place
These were the winning photos in the third annual Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District Photo Contest. At top is first place winner Jade Gianforte of Rumford with her photo entitled The Meandering Androscoggin, Rumford Point. At middle left and bottom are honorable mention photos by Kathy Hussey of Peru. At middle right is an honorable mention photo by Brenda Melhus of Norway.
OXFORD COUNTY -- The winner of the third annual Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District Photo Contest is Jade Gianforte of Rumford with her photo entitled The Meandering Androscoggin, Rumford Point.
About the photo, Jade says “the photo was taken from what we call “the Lookout” which is across the river from my house. You have to hike up there. It looks down on Rumford Point and the Rumford Point bridge. The hay field you can see on the point is harvested by Sunday River Farms and is part of a rotation with oats, corn and potatoes. The view is looking upstream towards Bethel. Fields you can see in the distance are hayed by us (Pine Creek Show Cattle) as well as Hasting’s Farm.”
Jade grew up in central New York where she developed a love for farming. Surrounded by dairy and horse farms, her jobs throughout high school and college were at various local farms.
After college, she became assistant farm manager at Meadowood Farms in Cazenovia, New York. Meadowood Farms specializes in breeding Registered Belted Galloway show cattle and producing yogurts and cheeses from their dairy sheep flock. A few years later, Jade decided to move to Maine where she continues to show beef cattle, raising Registered Black Angus and Simmentals.
Jade began working for USDA-NRCS as a part-time Soil Conservation Technician in Oxford County in 2008. After taking some additional college courses, she became a full time Soil Conservationist in Oxford County. She was later transferred to Franklin County where she continues to serve as a Soil Conservationist.
Jade receives a prize package which includes a gift card from Paris Farmers Union in South Paris, a gift package from Aubuchon Hardware in Norway, a gift certificate for any combination of butter, eggs, meat, milk, grain, pet food, hay or compost at Rosebeck Farm in South Paris, and a quart of maple syrup from Colebrook Farm in South Paris.
Three other photos were chosen for Honorable Mention. The first photo was entitled Winter at Robert’s Farm by Brenda Melhus of Norway.
The other two photos chosen for Honorable Mention, Hazy Morning and Eagles Keep Watchful Eye Over Pond, were both taken by Kathy Hussey of Peru. Kathy says she is an “avid picture taker; not professional by any means” and was encouraged to enter the winning photos by her husband, Bill. The Hussey’s bought a camp on Worthley Pond in 2005, did lots of work to it, then decided to sell their home and make the camp their home.
In the process of raising the camp to put a foundation beneath it, they ran into more problems than could be dealt with, so they tore the camp down and built a new home! Kathy has been active with the Worthley Pond Association since owning property on the pond.
The winning photographers will be recognized for their work at the annual meeting on April 20. The Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District would like to congratulate the winners and thank all who participated.