Horn Point Laboratory

Chesapeake Champion

Celebrating Stewardship

At Horn Point Lab, we do research year after year to increase our understanding of the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and what we need to do to restore and protect this great natural resource. This knowledge alone is not enough. Within our community, there are people who show through their example how to sustain our wildlife, landscapes and water. They are the motivating force from which our desire to identify and honor local Chesapeake Champions was born. The award also includes a fundraising event for which all proceeds benefit the creation of laboratories for new faculty and their leading edge research at Horn Point Laboratory.

Hutchison Brothers - innovators, conservationists, farmers leaving their land better than they found it.

Chesapeake Champion, 2019, Hutchison Brothers

Join us for the 7th annual Chesapeake Champion celebration to honor this year’s Champion, the Hutchison Brothers, for their passion and dedication to innovative, conservation agricultural practices.

Today, of the 5 brothers originally farming together, Bobby, Richard, and David continue along with Bobby's son, Travis, and Richard's son, Kyle, run the family's farming operations. Their father, Earl, was one of the founding board members of Talbot County’s Soil Conservation District.  The family was awarded the Governor’s Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2005.  Bobby is member emeriti of the Harry Hughes Agro-Ecology Center and a farmer advocate respected by farmers and environmentalists alike.

Travis says, “Environmental stewardship has been the key to pass down the farm from generation to generation.  It is critical to success when a family wants the farm to continue.”  The Hutchisons use innovative conservation practices and the latest technology.  Their outlook is, “to be a farmer you have to be an optimist – always plan for a good year, if you plan for a disaster you will get one”.   Today the family farms about 3,400 acres in Talbot and Caroline counties and they continue to explore new technologies and innovative practices to leave the land better than they found it.

Kyle (Richard's son), David, Richard, Bobby and Travis (Bobby's son)

The event will take place on Thursday, May 30 from 5 to 7 pm at the Waterfowl Building, 40 S. Harrison St., Easton.  Join us to honor the Hutchison Brothers, sip a Chesapeake Champion cocktail, savor delicious hors d’oeuvres, explore science demonstrations with HPL graduate students, and mingle with old friends and new acquaintances. All proceeds from Chesapeake Champion benefit the scientific research of Horn Point Lab, helping to ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tickets are $50/ person.  Sponsorship opportunities available.  To purchase tickets & sponsorships, contact Carin Starr at cstarr@umces.edu, 410-221-8408.

Past recipients

Jerry Harris, 2018

Jerry has carried a passion for the outdoors, waterfowl, hunting, and conservation with him throughout his life.  He credits three mentors for how he sees and values nature.  Jerry carries on this tradition of mentoring by volunteering on a national level with organizations including Delta Waterfowl, Waterfowl Chesapeake, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, and Ducks Unlimited.  He works enthusiastically spreading the understanding and appreciation for conservation and best management of lands for waterfowl habitat. 

Jim Brighton, 2017

Jim Brighton, a highly-skilled boat painter and finisher at the Campbell's Boatyards in Oxford was the recipient of the 2017 Chesapeake Champion award. In his spare time, Jim runs the non-profit Maryland Biodiversity Project for which he records the  astounding variety of flora and fauna in Maryland. By partnering with organizations like MD DNR and the National Aquarium, the Project has identified more that 17,200 species. Jim is a citizen-scientist whose goal is to promote education and conservation by building a vibrant, nature study community.

Jordan and Alice Lloyd, 2016

The Lloyds, owners of the Bartlett Pear Inn and Bakery, were recipients of the 2016 Chesapeake Champions for the Environment award. The duo celebrates the farm-to-table movement, using local ingredients to make fresh dishes for guests of their Easton B&B. Alice Lloyd told the Star Democrat, “What we do feels most natural. It feels right. We don’t know another way. We have felt environmentally conscious our whole married life. I grew up eating healthily. We make every meal at home.” “This is not a fad for us. This is a way of life,” she said.

C. Albert Pritchett, 2015

The Horn Point Laboratory announced that its 2015 Chesapeake Champion for the Environment award recipient is C. Albert Pritchett, current president of both the Waterfowl Festival and Waterfowl Chesapeake Boards of Directors. “Albert’s volunteer commitment to the conservation of waterfowl during more than 20 years of service to the Waterfowl Festival and, more recently, Waterfowl Chesapeake, makes him the ideal person to receive this year’s award,” said Mike Roman, Horn Point Laboratory director.

Chip Akridge, 2014

Chip Akridge, owner of Harleigh Farms on the Oxford Road outside of Easton, was honored as the 2014 Chesapeake Champion. Chip cites his growing up experience as a Boy Scout as the beginning of his love and respect for nature that has resulted in the restored land on his farm. Chip says, “I saw the environmental benefits of changing land use from agriculture to a diverse habitat of native plants and trees and newly created ponds and wetlands .”   

Amy Haines, 2013

In 2013, Lab Director Mike Roman recognized Amy Haines, owner of Out of the Fire restaurant, as our first Champion. Amy serves only sustainable seafood and local produce whenever possible. She cares about the health annutrition of these menu items. Amy supports our local farmers which reduces our carbon footprint from food being shipped long distances. She has donated part of the restaurant’s proceeds to plant trees around Easton. Amy’s life-style models her environmental beliefs.