Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy along with the Hamilton Halton Stewardship
Weirs Lane Lavender and Apiary for the afternoon. The Hamilton Halton Watershed Stewardship Program had assisted the farm establish a native/pollinator garden. This project would benefit their bee keeping and lavender honey-making venture, but the garden also provides a living teaching tool.
The staff of Weirs Lane Lavender and Apiary are enthusiastic about not only their craft, but also in their roles as hosts and teachers that day. The Hamilton Conservation Authority’s Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy were there in recognition of the farm’s commitment to the community. FarmCrawl is a tremendous example of what the relationship between the agricultural community and the rest of community should be. This agricultural leadership is community focused, and will help preserve and enhance the Dundas Valley as it is today and how it could be tomorrow.
If you'd to view these farms and their products and practices, please follow the links below to their webpages for contact information. Click here for information on the conservation efforts and the work of the Hamilton Halton Watershed Stewardship Program (including the pollinator garden at Lavender Apiary).
Click here for more on the Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy or complete our survey if you have any ideas or comments about the Dundas Valley area now and in the future.
Hamiton Farm Crawl http://www.farmcrawlhamilton.ca
ManoRun Organic Farm http://www.manorun.com/
Lotsa Hostas & Jerry’s Berry’s http://www.jerrysberries.ca/
Weir’s Lane Lavender and Apiary http://www.weirslanelavender.com/
Project Manager; Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy
Hamilton Conservation Authority
Friday, 18 July 2014
Read Jeff's story below and be inspired to make your next trip to Valens Lake Conservation Area!
Scientifically, four hours walking the beautiful trails in Valens gives you ten days worth of feeling of well being!
You can also bring or rent a boat and float around and fish on the lake. No motors.
We have been going for years and always get our annual membership, so that we can go anytime we want! It is a great way to get the kids interested in nature (their electronics get shut off at the gate). We have seen myriad frogs and butterflies, hawks and many other birds including owls, turtles, racoons, and deer there. Being there stretches the day into another of many treasured Valens memories.
We feel ownership in a way, regarding Valens. There is a big field where kids gather and play and a nice quiet beach. Most highly recommended!
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
An access point was constructed at the bottom front of the composters so that finished compost could be removed easily.
These composters were placed on solid level ground. Solid ground can be asphalt, cement, or patio stones. This prevents animals from burrowing underneath the composter and getting into it. It also provides a clean surface to work on when removing finished compost. Worms and other organisms do not need to be purchased and added to the composter. Worms and other organisms that break down organic matter will find their way into the composter naturally even if it is situated on asphalt, cement or patio stones.
Watershed Stewardship Manager
At Hamilton Conservation Authority Office:
905-525-2181 Ext. 164
At Conservation Halton Office:
905-336-1158 Ext. 2315
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Not that year.
Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die. Day after grey day the ice stayed hard; the world remained unfriendly and cold.”
― Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants
Spring is the time of year when rivers and creeks are hard at work moving sediment and
water from the headwaters of their watersheds to the confluence with a larger river or lake. As water and sediment are transported along a stream corridor important work is being done to shape the bed and banks and this allows the creek to armour itself against erosion. Higher flows now mean that a creek can access its floodplain and create new life by providing excellent conditions (nutrients, moisture etc.) for various floodplain species to grow and thrive. There is a natural balance as creeks carry on this work.
Monday, 3 February 2014
I even tried cross country skiing this year for the first time after a little (or a lot) of convincing. Having only downhill skied in the past, I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to just glide around but hitting the trails at Christie Lake helped me realize what all the hype was about. I fell over a few times, had some good laughs and a ton of fun.
Having so many winter sports waiting at your doorstep, there’s no need to bundle up and hibernate all winter (well ok maybe just on those -40C…or even -30C days). Whether it’s a hike, skiing, snowshoeing or even fishing, you better hurry up and get outside before all that white stuff melts away…
Monday, 27 January 2014
The fen in the Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve (FCEP) is likely the only fen in the watershed of the Hamilton Conservation Authority. It is a couple of hectares in size. The water flowing through our fen is low in nutrients because it comes from springs that are found in and around FCEP. These spring waters are one the major sources of Spencer Creek. The springs come from the aquifer known as the Galt moraine that lies at the northern boundary of FCEP. The rain water flows down through the gravelly hills of the moraine, a glacial deposit, and some of this water comes back to the surface as springs. When the water comes out of the ground it is clean and pure, low in nutrients and 10 degrees Celsius all year round. The creeks draining these springs in the FCEP never freeze in winter because the water starts off so warm.