The “Young Nurseryman of the Year” Award was presented to Melissa Minto of Watson Farm by the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association (RINLA). Shannon Brawley, RINLA Executive Director said, “This prestigious award is given to promising young people in the agricultural and plant based industries.”
Jean Cotta, co-owner of Portsmouth Nursery in Portsmouth, RI presented the Award to Melissa at the 2014 RINLA Winter Conference held at the University of Rhode Island.
Melissa was born and raised at historic Watson Farm in Jamestown where she spent her childhood immersed in farming, animal husbandry and exploring nature. Watson Farm is owned by Historic New England and provides sustainable agriculture education. Melissa has a spirited commitment to working landscapes and the beauty of nature. Her upbringing nurtured her passion for agricultural education and encouraged her to pursue a career in environmental stewardship.
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