Glenda Simeone and her husband moved to Stone House Farm in Caledon in 2006. The move was to accommodate Glenda’s growing horse boarding business. Since moving, Glenda has made many improvements to the 100 acre property. She built a barn and arena, installed fences and trails, protects the wetland and planted trees.
Glenda’s decisions about land management always factors in the well-being of the horses. She says, “Often what’s good for the horses is good for the environment.” With a keen understanding of the land Glenda notes the history of Stone House Farm goes back to when there were glaciers covering the landscape. The retreating glaciers carved the land into rolling hills leaving behind gravel and rock in unique land features called kames. She explains, “On the kames, you can see the rocks peeking out. It makes sense to plant trees in those areas. The steep hills and large rocks are not suitable for pasture.”
When Glenda learned CVC offers tree planting services, she was sold. As part of the Tree Seedling Program CVC delivers, plants and checks up on the trees. She comments, “The convenience of not having to pick up and plant trees is a time saver and it’s practically free.” Not only is the cost of the planting subsidized, she also received funding from the Peel Rural Water Quality Program. After many years of tree planting, Glenda now has 40 acres of reforested land.
Stone House Farm is not only home to horses, but a variety of wildlife. The property has forests, meadows and wetlands teaming with amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. There’s always something to see. In the spring meadowlark and bobolink make nests and tend to their young, young deer and hare hide in the grasses and ducks and herons feed on insects and fish in the pond. Glenda gets to experience countryside living at its best. She reflects, “Every season has its own beauty and I have found my piece of paradise.”
Glenda is happy with the assistance from CVC’s agricultural and tree plantings services. She notes, “CVC is a resource to my farm. Once you see the value of their service, why would you not get involved?” After more than 10 years at Stone House Farm, there’s always more to do. Glenda has noticed the invasive dog-strangling vine spreading to her property and plans to address it with CVC. Glenda’s commitment and passion to the horses and environment is strong. She explains, “Farming is a labour of love.” The farm operations continue to evolve. Glenda has bred, raised and boarded race horses, grown hay and raised cattle. She now rents the barn for a new equine therapy business. With all these changes, Glenda always keeps horse health and the environment top of mind.