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Denika Piggott and tree planters
Tree planters take a breather to visit with Norfolk County ALUS coordinator Denika Piggott.

Norfolk County has the oldest continuously running ALUS program in Canada. Piloted in 2007 it has evolved from a pilot project to a county wide program which includes over 175 farm families with more than 1200 acres enrolled in the program. This means about 10% of farmers in Norfolk have received incentives to restore wetland habitat, plant tall-grass buffers along streams, and create pollinator habitat among other projects.

Denika Piggott | Program Coordinator | | 519.420.8127

Recent News

Wetland Restoration Season Begins

This week marked the official start date of ALUS Norfolk’s wetland restoration season with a bottomland restoration at Villa Nova Estate Winery located in Townsend. Current temperatures are hovering just below freezing, making it an ideal time to create wetlands. The frozen ground keeps the excavation equipment from sinking, and as the frost only goes […]

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Explore Norfolk Trails

ALUS farm demonstration projects are a part of the Explore Norfolk Trails initiative, one that informs folks about the natural beauty of Norfolk County. There is a lot of information on both the website itself and it illustrates and encourage folks to go for a drive to see the projects themselves. This is a unique […]

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Winter Classic at the VanTil’s Farm

Marty, Leah and family enjoy and benefit from their new wetland created through the Norfolk ALUS program all year around.

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Fanshawe College Students Tour ALUS Sites

On Sunday Nov. 17, 2013 a class of Fanshawe College students, led by wildlife instructor Ted Barney from Long Point Waterfowl, toured several ALUS-Norfolk demonstration farms. The students are the inaugural class in the recently established “Adventure Expeditions & Interpretive Leadership” course at the Simcoe campus. Fanshawe College students explore a three-year-old stand of tall […]

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Restaurant staff learn first-hand where the food comes from – an ALUS farm…

Chefs and staff from two restaurants, “7 Enotecha” in Oakville and “The Combine” in Simcoe tour the Y U Ranch, an ALUS-Norfolk demonstration farm, on Nov. 4, 2013. While the ALUS slogan is “growing a healthier environment”, making connections to healthy food production is something many ALUS producers do as well.

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Farmer Liason Visits YU Ranch

ALUS-Norfolk uses farmer liaisons for finding new projects with their neighbours as well as providing extension services as part of ongoing project maintenance. Farmer liaison, Gunther Csoff (l) is seen here visiting with participant and ALUS lead for Ontario, Bryan Gilvesy (Y U Ranch). ALUS-Ontario general manager Lynn Bishop (r) attended the tour of ALUS […]

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Farmers and Naturalists Tour Projects

Denika Piggott, ALUS program coordinator in Norfolk County, speaks to a small group of farmers and naturalists from the Municipality of Chatham Kent who have an interest in the ALUS concept and who toured various ALUS projects on July 2, 2013. Tillsonburg farmer Greg Vermeersch led the tour of a small field his family enrolled […]

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New ALUS Project Coordinator For Norfolk County

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) in Norfolk County, Ontario is pleased to welcome Denika Piggott as the area’s new project coordinator. Denika’s passion and experience in environmental research makes her ideally suited to continue the strong growth of the Norfolk ALUS project. Denika grew up on a family farm in Lambton County, where she developed […]

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ALUS Workshop

Province-wide ALUS Workshop

A province-wide ALUS workshop introduced new Ontario regions to the family. Representatives from Bayham Township, Grey & Bruce Counties, Caledon, Ontario East, Norfolk County, Ontario Nature and Delta Waterfowl spent two days learning about ALUS principles and operating protocols. Pictured are: (Back L-R): Lindsay Bennett (Norfolk), Ray Robertson (Grey/Bruce), Joe Csoff (Norfolk), Simon DeBoer (Grey/Bruce), […]

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Tour of Y U Ranch

Tour of Y U Ranch ALUS demonstration farm hosted by Bryan Gilvesy. The tour was intended to thank Norfolk County senior management and councillors for their continued support of ALUS and to network with them amongst ALUS staff and farmer liaison. Dave Reid, Ontario ALUS transfer coordinator, takes a well deserved break from the action […]

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