OFT is excited to announce our latest farmland protection project!

We have the opportunity to protect a beautiful 97- acre farm in Simcoe County.

Once complete, this will be our seventh easement in Simcoe County, making it one part of a growing protected land base in the region.

The rich agricultural soils on this farm are vital non-renewable resources that are used for row crops and for cow pasture. There is also a significant amount of natural habitat on the property that is used regularly by wildlife, including species at risk. A large wetland provides a home for beavers, turtles, and many species of birds, and Monarchs make use of this property for breeding and foraging. In addition to the wildlife that call this farm home, the wildlife in the surrounding area use this property as a corridor to move from one patch of habitat to the next. The landowners have observed White-tailed Deer, Coyotes, Moose, and Bears all using the farm for this purpose.

This farm is an integral part of the local agricultural and natural systems, and the landowners wish to ensure that the farmland remains available in the long term both for agriculture and for wildlife.

This farm is at risk.

Aggregate mining is common in the area, and there are already three aggregate pits operating within 4 km of the farm. Protecting this farm with a Farmland Easement Agreement will ensure that this land does not meet the same fate.

With your support, the agricultural land and wildlife habitat on this property can be protected forever. Together, we can ensure that these farms remain farmland, forever.

Show your support here, and make a positive impact on Ontario’s farmland today!