ALUS Norfolk
Where Agriculture and Nature Meet

Norfolk County has the oldest continuously running ALUS program in Canada. Piloted in 2007, ALUS Norfolk has evolved into a permanent, county-wide program.

With over 190 farm families already engaged and more than 1,600 acres enrolled in the program, ALUS-Norfolk is helping to rebuild the natural environment via healthy and sustainable farmlands.

To date, approximately ten percent of all the farmers in Norfolk have enrolled acres in ALUS,  to restore wetland habitat, plant tall-grass buffers along streams, and create pollinator habitat among other projects. The Long Point Region Conservation Authority provides technical advice and support to help implement a variety of habitat restoration projects throughout the County.

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Collaborative Stewardship Tour 2023

Collaborative Stewardship Tour 2023

Best Management Practices on the FarmALUS Norfolk and ALUS Middlesex are joining forces to host the Collaborative Stewardship Tour 2023 — Best Management Practices on the Farm. Attendees will learn about the effective use of cover crops, the 4 R’s of nutrient...

A Long-Term Investment in Your Farm

A Long-Term Investment in Your Farm

A Profile of ALUS Norfolk Participant, Carl Atkinson.Carl Atkinson on his farm with a wetland in the background.Carl Atkinson and his wife Rhonda have been farming Ginseng in Norfolk County, Ontario, for 40 years. Although retirement is on the horizon, he’s currently...

Passionate about Great Beer, Great Food, and the Environment

Passionate about Great Beer, Great Food, and the Environment

A working farm, on 28 acres within the Carolinian Forest range, Charlotteville Brewing Company combines organic gardens, artisanal products, and an earth friendly attitude. Partnering with ALUS to create a pollinator hedgerow fits well with their overriding principle...

ALUS Norfolk Coordinators

Stephanie Giles (née Drayer)

Stephanie Giles (née Drayer)

Program Director

[email protected]

Cynthia Tosswill

Cynthia Tosswill

Outreach Coordinator

[email protected]

The Weston Family Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation


Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario

Long Point Region Conservation Authority


Ontario Power Generation

Allan’s Excavating

Norfolk County

Norfolk Federation of Agriculture

St. Williams Nursery

Norview Gardens Ltd.

Vandenbussche Irrigation

Bird Studies Canada

Long Point Biosphere

Environment and Climate Change Canada

The Long Point Basin Land Trust

Joe Csoff
Chair & Farmer Liaison

Mike O’Dwyer
Treasurer & Farmer Liaison

Cynthia Tosswill
Farmer Liaison

Ron Niville
Farmer Liaison

Chris Van Paassen
Farmer Liaison

Ben Hindmarsh
OMAFRA, Technical Expert

Tom McDonald
Farmer Liaison

Morgan Van Laeken
Norfolk County Drainage Coordinator, Technical Expert

Kyle Hiebert
Farmer Liaison

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