$1.5 Million Gift to Norfolk ALUS From The W. Garfield Weston Foundation - ALUS
The Norfolk ALUS team is pleased to announce its expanded partnership with The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. The $1.5 million three-year grant will support the continued ecological renewal and regrowth of unusable farm land in Norfolk County, Ontario. Since 2007, the Norfolk Project ALUS team has engaged farmers to restore the local ecosystem in the face of climate change.
Through the ALUS program, farmers in Norfolk County are eligible to enrol and have up to 20 per cent of their unusable farm land revitalized and reclaimed by nature. Farmers are provided with technical and financial support for their environmentally sound practices. To date, ALUS has engaged 97 farm families on 102 farms, impacting over 700 acres of agricultural land.
“The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is proud to be partnering with the Norfolk ALUS program in their farmer-driven approach to sustainability, community, and conservation,” said Eliza Mitchell, Director, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. “Our new expanded partnership underlines our confidence in the program and its impact on local ecosystems. ALUS is a leader in engaging audiences and positively impacting agricultural lands.” Norfolk County is a biologically-diverse hotspot, and one The W. Garfield Weston Foundation strongly supports.
For more than a decade, the private family foundation has assisted ALUS initiatives as they have been established across Canada, most recently with support to a new ALUS pilot program in Alberta.