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The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) brings its popular free workshop, ‘Caring for Your Horse and Farm', to Shelburne later this fall.
The workshop helps horse lovers reduce their “hoofprint” on the environment. Property improvements such as installing fencing along streams and wetlands, constructing new manure storages, building composting bins and planting windbreaks, are among the topics covered.
Also discussed is managing pastures to reduce mud, maximize grazing, and help endangered birds like bobolinks and meadowlarks.
At the workshop, landowners will learn how to use the Horse Owner's Stewardship Guide to complete an environmental assessment of their farm. This self-assessment takes landowners step-by-step through creating an action plan. Topics include manure storage and handling, improving pasture quality, enhancing fish and bird habitats, and protecting streams, wetlands, woodlands and ponds.
Staff from NVCA, neighbouring conservation authorities and stewardship programs will be available to assist with planning, project design and finding sources of cost-share project funding.
The workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and takes place December 5 at the Mel Lloyd Centre in Shelburne.
To register for a Caring for Your Horse and Farm Workshop, contact Shannon Stephens of the NVCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705 424-1479 ext. 239 (registration is required). A light lunch is included.
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