PORTLAND — Defend Our Health recently hosted community members and environmental health and justice leaders from across Maine at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough to present its annual environmental health leadership awards.

This year’s award winners — including three farms in Waldo County — were selected for being outstanding members of the environmental health community who go above and beyond in the fight for a healthy, safe, and toxic-free future.

At the event, Defend Our Health celebrated 20 years of victories in the fight for healthy products, clean water, safe food, and a toxic-free environment — most recently tackling PFAS pollution across Maine and releasing a report outlining the dangers of petrochemical plastics.

The Grassroots Leadership Award, for leaders whose exceptional and often courageous grassroots leadership has empowered community members to create positive change for environmental health, was presented to:

McCormick Family Farm, a small family farm in Jackson that grows strawberries, pasture-raised chickens, and hay

New Beat Farm, a MOFGA Certified organic farm in Knox that grows vegetables, cut flowers and pasture-raised lamb.

Songbird Farm, a certified organic grain and mixed vegetable farm in Unity, which mills its own grain on site with a small stone mill.

Misty Brook Farm in Albion, an organic family farm that produces meat, dairy and eggs.

Also honored with a Legislative Leadership Award during the Sept. 11 event was Democratic Rep. S. Paige Zeigler of Montville.

“We’ve had the privilege to work alongside these awardees in our fight against toxics, these are leaders who have dedicated themselves to pushing Maine forward on making environmental public health a priority,” said Sarah Woodbury, director of advocacy at Defend Our Health. “These awards recognize their invaluable contributions to protecting Mainers; protecting our food and drinking water, protecting the land, and making Maine a leader in protecting its people from toxic chemicals.”