From FauquierNow.comTri-County Feeds Etc. of Marshall has received the Goose Creek Association’s annual award “for going above and beyond to promote conservation and preservation.”

Association Chairman Katherine Strother presented to 2012 Golden Goose Award to Bill and Jeri Jackson, who own Tri-County, which specializes in equine and equestrian products.

In January 2011, Tri-County partnered with McCauley Feeds to manufacture a high-quality, nutritious line of horse feeds in environmentally-sound packaging. The Jacksons also pledged a portion of the proceeds from the sale of those feeds to the Goose Creek Association and the Piedmont Environmental Council.

“Often people doubt that they can make a difference — dismissing any effort as just a drop in the bucket,” Mr. Jackson said. “We saw the bigger picture. We saw all of those drops filling the bucket.

“In nine months, we have sold 34,643 bags of our new feed in environmentally supportive packaging. That’s one big bucket, eliminating the same number of poly-woven bags that never biodegrade from the landfills.”

Tri-County also sells reusable totes, with a portion of the proceeds going to the same two environmental organizations.

The Goose Creek Association has presented Golden Goose Award for the past six years to deserving recipients in Fauquier and Loudoun counties.