Based in Immokalee,FL, Lipman is the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Clean Water Farm Award in the Grand Basin district. The honor recognizes farmers who implement conservation practices, protect natural resources, and preserve water quality.
One Grand Basin winner is selected from each of Virginia’s 10 river drainage basins. Lipman won the Coastal Category for its practices in Accomack and Northampton counties.
“This award marks the culmination of many years of hard work and attention to detail on the part of our Virginia farming staff,” said Gerry Odell, Chief Farming Officer at Lipman. “We go to great lengths to ensure that our farms not only meet all regulatory standards, but continuously strive for a sustainable balance within the ecosystems where we operate. We are honored to be selected for this award that recognizes our core principle of caring for the planet we inhabit.”
Lipman, which is noted as the largest open field tomato grower in North America, has farms in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, California, and Mexico allowing the operation to grow and ship fresh produce year-round.