Dean Farm, Wellington County

The Dean Farm is a 90.2 acre property located within the Township of Guelph-Eramosa near the rapidly expanding municipality of Guelph. Threats of urban sprawl, non-agricultural development, and the desire to maintain the region’s rural character spurred easement donor, Kathryn Dean, to partner with OFT and register an easement on the property.

The class 1 farmland produces black currants and beef cattle. The farm is also home to a number of important ecological features, including forests, hedgerows, and a part of the Speed Lutteral Swan Creek Provincially Significant Wetland Complex, which provide habitat to a number of species at risk. The bobolink, barn swallow, snapping turtle, Eastern meadowlark, and monarch butterfly call this farm home.