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Blog posts and news releases related to farm stewardship.

July 16, 2018 – There are a number of benefits to using rain barrels to harvest water, and Kawartha Conservation is giving you two more: Great prices and the opportunity to help others, while you help yourself. Kawartha Conservation’s 2018 Rain Barrel sale orders end on Monday, August 20. Interested residents who have not already ordered their rain barrels or accessories have until end of day on August 20 to take advantage of the great pricing offered and finalize their 2018 orders. “This is a perfect opportunity to order rain barrels and accessories at great prices,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly…
Welcome to Conservation Champions, where we introduce you to the staff of Kawartha Conservation who work to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed.Kawartha Conservation balances environmental capacity and human need, while managing natural resource features that are essential for sustaining water quality and quantity, through watershed planning, stewardship, environmental monitoring and research, and management of conservation and natural areas.Our programs and services are focused within the natural boundaries of the Kawartha watershed, which extend from Lake Scugog in the southwest and Pigeon Lake in the east, to Balsam Lake in the northwest and Crystal Lake in…
Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:24

Low-cost native plant program opens

May 10, 2018 – Native plants are a beautiful addition to your property while providing habitat for local wildlife and pollinators and acting as a filter for rainwater runoff. To assist local landowners with improving their properties or shoreline, Kawartha Conservation has launched our Native Plant Distribution Program for 2018. There will be two order deadlines and pick-up deadlines this year, one in the spring and one in the early fall, to accommodate both planting seasons. “Native plants are a great addition to yards and shorelines and not only look great, but help support the environment,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly…
March 2, 2018 – Two full-day workshops hosted by the East Central Farm Stewardship Collaborative on March 21 and March 22 will give participants a front-row seat to innovative ideas to build soil and increase profits through a series of presentations. On March 21, the Woodville Town Hall will be the site of the first day-long workshop where participants will hear from a number of speakers and farmers who are putting into practice successful, innovative processes to improve their soil conditions. “At these workshops you can expect to hear from farmers using innovative ideas to build soil, and increase profit…
August 2, 2017 – Grants are available to assist farmers in the Staples River and Talbot, Balsam, Raven, Mitchell and Canal Lakes area of Kawartha Lakes to implement practices that minimize nutrient and sediment input to local waterbodies. The Kawartha Lakes Farmland Stewardship Fund provides grants of $1,000 to $15,000 depending on the project, covering up to 75 per cent of the total project cost. “This is a great opportunity for farmers in the eligible area to receive substantial funding for projects that help project the health of local waterbodies and ensure agricultural best management practices are in place to…
May 29, 2017 – The Community Advisory Panel and Kawartha Conservation are seeking community feedback on lake management plan implementation projects through a newly launched online survey. The survey results will be shared during a half-day Stewardship Summit on July 15 at the Cambray Community Centre located at 2255 Elm Tree Road. “The survey is one component of community consultation and engagement to get specific ideas for projects and priorities regarding lake management plan implementation,” said Community Advisory Panel Chair, Doug Erlandson. “Working with our community partners and listening to the feedback of residents has been a key component of…
BLACKSTOCK, ON – Homeowners who experienced water shortages during the drought conditions in 2016, or people who are interested in learning more about harvesting rain water naturally to reduce reliance on municipal water or well water supplies won’t want to miss the free Water Harvesting Workshop in Blackstock on March 29. Held at the Blackstock Community Centre beginning at 7 p.m., the workshop will feature Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Outreach Technician Greg Bunker and Denis Orendt, Rainwater System Designer/Installer. “There are a lot of options available for people who want to harvest rain water and the benefits are numerous,” said Mr.…
With funding from Durham Region, we provide landowner grants through the Scugog WATER Fund to help pay for costs associated with approved stewardship projects. To be eligible, stewardship projects must be in the Durham Region portion of the Kawartha watershed. Successful projects will be chosen for their potential to address issues affecting Lake Scugog, such as: Contaminated urban and agricultural runoff Erosion on lake shores and stream banks Poorly functioning septic systems around the lake. New in 2015 - Planting Trees and Shrubs In addition to the list of projects already supported, the Scugog WATER Fund now supports planting native…
Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:19

Seedlings for sale

We're taking orders for our seedling distribution in April. There are 11 tree species, 8 shrub species, and 3 grass species available, all suitable to growing conditions in the Kawarthas. Whether you are creating a natural oasis on your property, building property value, or using plants to create windbreaks, you will find a range of species for your project. The shrubs and grasses are especially suited to shorelines. They will thrive in wet conditions, and grow deep, strong roots to help protect your shoreline from erosion. Visit our website for an order form and details about each species, including their…
Watershed stewardship is the act of caring for the land, water, air, and all the natural features that support a healthy watershed. Stewardship helps sustain your watershed in order to assure clean and abundant water and natural resources for future generations. Watershed stewardThe first step to being a watershed steward is understanding that your actions can have a direct impact on the health of your watershed. With this in mind, watershed stewards take actions that enhance and protect their watershed, as well as their properties. Actions may be large or small and may include such things as reducing or eliminating…