Ridley is NSW Farmer of the Year
Mr Bell said winning the award, worth $10,000, was a great honour.
“I’m just a little cog in the wheel of farming people who feed our nation,” Mr Bell said.
Mr Bell owns and manages Mountain Blue Orchards, a 34 hectare farm with 74,000 plants producing about 35,000 trays of first grade blueberries each year.
Mr Bell's contribution to the Lismore Soup Kitchen was also acknowledged.
The $5000 Young Farmer of the Year Award went to Andrew Carroll, 35, of Palmers Island, near Yamba.
The North Coast won the people’s choice award at Tuesday night’s Regional Food Fair for its entry of Yamba-caught prawns sautéed in Lismore grown lime and Caniaba-grown fresh zest and cooked in Summerland Olive’s olive oil from Fairy Hill.