Iconic Chester Farmer & Conservation Advocate
Bill Johnson Dies
Orange County , and especially its Soil & Water Conservation District, mourns the passing of Bill Johnson, but it’s with great pleasure that everyone in the county celebrates his great and longtime contributions to agriculture and conservation education in Orange County. Bill was an enthusiastic supporter of Conservation Field Days for 6th graders that took place annually at Thomas Bull Park for many years.
Bill’s ‘Agriculture in Orange County’ station always included a live calf for the kids to meet, and always received rave reviews from students and teachers alike. His patience in answering questions from the kids was saintly and in stark contrast to his lack of patience for those adults whose talk of supporting agriculture often rang hollow.
Bill’s wife Alice, who passed several years ago, always came along to keep him company, and can be seen in one of the pictures supervising Bill’s presentation from a lawn chair in the background.
As discussions on preserving agriculture in Orange County continue, there will be a gaping hole where one voice of passion used to sit.