September 4, 2014 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) hosts its fourth free Twilight Tour, focusing on the benefits of cover crops to soil health and farm businesses. The Twilight Tour demonstrates environmental improvement projects that can be done on rural properties.

The tour takes place Sept. 24from 5 to 7 p.m. at Marshall’s RealFarmer’s Market, located just north of 13517 First Line, Nassagaweya, Milton. Owners Ryan and Marissa Marshall share how cover crops benefit their market garden and field crops. Attendees will be treated to locally prepared food and will learn about funding available to assist with planting cover crops.

Increased farm size, larger equipment, less demand for pasture and forage crops all take a toll on soil quality. Cover crops rebuild soil health, reduce wind and water erosion, protect surface and ground water quality, reduce pests and increase soil nutrient levels.

“Whether you farm 1,000 acres of grain or operate a small community-supported agriculture operation, healthy soils are the foundation for farming success,” said Mark Eastman, CVC’s Stewardship Coordinator, Agricultural Extension. “Cover cropping is a cost-effective way to ensure healthy, nutrient-rich soil.”

Previous Twilight Tours focused on invasive plant management, stream restoration and pollinators of native plants.

The event will run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. Registration for this free event is required.  Please register at creditvalleyca.ca/events.

Funding in support of Credit Valley Conservation and this event is generously provided by our regional and municipal partners.

Photo: Cover crops  http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/images/Churchville%20Road%20South%20of%20Steeles%20Ave.JPG

Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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Media Contact
Jon MacMull
Marketing & Communications Supervisor
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 385
[email protected]

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