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​​​​​Landowner Stewardship Resources


Agricultural Best Management Practices

  • OMAFRA's Best Management Practice (BMP) booklets are a series of publications that take a practical, affordable approach to conserving farm soil and water resources without sacrificing productivity. More than 25 topics are covered in the series, including farm forestry management, streamside grazing, managing nutrients (phosphorus) and controlling erosion. (links to OMAFRA)
  • Vegetable and Fruit ​Washwater Treatment Manual - A guide for managing washwater at packaging facility in a way that promotes environmental stewardship. The guide provides information on why good wash water management is important on the farm and at the packaging facility. NVCA staff worked with the Holland Marsh Growers Association on research presented in the manual, sampling and monitoring washwater pre- and post-​implementation of various water treatment technologies. (links to OMAFRA)​
  • Horse Owners Stewardship Guide for the Ontario Landscape.  A great workbook to help you self-assess your farm, and highlights ways to improve it and protect the environment.  Based on the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan. (links to Credit Valley Conservation)
  • Manure Storages for Small to Medium Size Horse Farms (links to OMAFRA)
  • Manure Management in the Equine Landscape.pdf (source: University of Guelph – Equine Guelph - The Centre for Land and Water Stewardship)
  • Trees and Wildlife in the Equine Landscape.pdf (source: University of Guelph – Equine Guelph - The Centre for Land and Water Stewardship)


Agricultural Soil Health, Conservation & Erosion Reduction

All about Algae

Cover Crops

Cover crops can increase soil fertility, organic matter, add nitrogen, suppress weeds, nematode suppression, reduce compaction and reduce water and wind erosion.  These cover crop selection tools can help you choose the best species mixes for your farm:


Flooding - Be Flood Ready

The Government of Canada has launched a new website flood risks: Flood Ready provides an overview of overland flooding, cost of flooding, reasons to be flood ready, quiz on flood risks, step-by-step guide on making properties and communities safer, ways to build flood-readiness into a property, as well as community flood planning steps, tools and government programs. 

The Green Pages: Watershed Business Directory

Business contacts for all your stewardship projects!


Dealing with Invasive Species

Mapping Tools

Mapping tools can help view air photos of your property, measure distances, check regulated areas, design your project, check soil mapping, Canada Land Inventory, etc:

Planting for Pollinators

Protecting your Soil

Protecting your Water


Septic System ​​Inspection & ​Upgrades

Shoreline Restoration


Well Care & Maintenance


Windbreaks​

Woodlot Management & Forestry


Please note: These resource links are provided for your information. NVCA does not endorse or approve any of the products, services or opinions found on external sites. Further, NVCA is not responsible for the accuracy, accessibility, legality or content found on the external sites. 

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/environment/bmp/series.htm?utm_source=October+Connects+2014&utm_campaign=Oct+connects&utm_medium=email