A nasty weather pattern persists over southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Precipitation gauges around the watershed have recorded up to 45 mm of rain since Friday morning. In addition, a substantial amount of ice, ice pellets and snow has accumulated on the ground. More ice pellets and freezing rain is forecast for today.
Ask Keith Taylor about his ideas on farming and food production and you will no doubt receive a passionate and detailed response. The former traditional farmer is a practitioner of permaculture, a method of food production that aims to be completely sustainable and attempts this by trying to mimic the way things grow in the wild.
If you drop in to Hill’s Florist & Greenhouses, a family business with deep local roots and extensive community connections, you might meet up with a comparatively recent transplant from India. His name is Randeep Kush.
Randeep is acting as Roger Hill’s greenhouse supervisor, so it’s somewhere in that 25,000 square foot space you’d be most likely to find him.
Heavy precipitation, combined with snowmelt and frozen ground conditions are resulting in significant runoff.
Water levels in local rivers and streams are currently rapidly increasing and are expected to exceed their bankfull conditions in multiple locations.
An old Chinese proverb notes “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Kawartha Conservation wants to make it easy with the 2018 Tree Seedling Program.
Designed for landowners in rural, agricultural and shoreline areas of the Kawartha watershed, the tree seedling program provides an inexpensive way to plant a selection of tree seedlings and native shrubs on their property.
“The tree seedling program is a great opportunity for landowners in the Kawartha Watershed to purchase low-cost seedlings,” says Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark.
With only a month to go before the 25th Annual Kawartha Woodlot Conference being held in Lindsay, organizers say now is a great time to register for the event.
Held at Fleming College’s Frost Campus on Feb. 10, the annual woodlot conference brings together experts, innovators, woodlot owners and managers and more for this one-day event.
A free family event at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Oct. 14 will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the environment.
The event, organized and hosted by the Kawartha Conservation Foundation, will feature hands-on environmental displays, guided hikes, and two live animal shows.
“This is going to be a really fun way to come out and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by exploring our natural heritage spaces and local wildlife, and discovering our watershed’s environmental issues, initiatives, and organisations,” explains event organizer and Foundation Chair Julia Taylor.