Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project
Goal 1: Preserve and restore the natural areas within the farm area.
Goal 2: Enhance biodiversity features within the farmed and natural areas of the property.
Goal 3: Develop the site as demonstration and teaching site for urban biodiversity enhancement techniques.
One of the primary tenets of Haliburton Community Organic Farm is that small scale, organic farming is compatible with maintaining and restoring ecosystem health. The farm is a demonstration site, not only for organic and sustainable farming practices, but also for ecosystem restoration.
The Haliburton Biodiversity Project includes a group of volunteers that have been working since 2007 to restore wetland, meadow, and forest habitat at Haliburton Farm. They also work towards enhancing the ecological value within food production areas of the farm by planting native plants, and installing bird boxes and native bee cavities.
The centrepiece of the Haliburton Biodiversity Project is the restoration of a degraded wetland and meadow that began in 2009. Starting with a monoculture of non-native reed canarygrass, they have been rebuilding a diverse wetland that now teams with aquatic insects, frogs, swallows, garter snakes, and the occasional salamander. Around the wetland they are restoring the kind of meadows that once covered large parts of the Victoria area.
This initiative provides a demonstration area to learn about the characteristic habitats, plants, and animals of the region. The Haliburton Biodiversity Project is a model for restoration techniques that can be used to enhance habitat values on a variety of lands.
Mountain Sneezeweed, one of many rare plant species found in the restored meadow and wetland habitat at Haliburton Farm. Barn in background serves as habitat for threatened Barn Swallows as well as bats.
A monoculture of non-native Reed Canary Grass transformed into a diverse array of native wildflowers, sedges, and grasses (top picture).
Garry Oak Meadow species blooming from seed in the Haliburton Farm meadow (bottom picture).
Schedule a tour to learn about the restoration techniques being used.
EVENTS AND NEWS
Thank you for your support PCAF!
We would like to send a huge thank you to the Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF) for their support for the past three years. PCAF has helped enhance meadow and wetland habitat on the farm through the planting of native species, supporting volunteers, and helping purchase materials.
Did you know volunteers with the project donate more than 3000 hours of their time each year?!
Grade 10 students from Claremont Highschool’s ‘Institute for Global Solutions‘ are at Haliburton Farm for the next few months learning about biodiversity and organic farming. They will be helping with all sorts of tasks related to farming and ecosystem restoration and offered a series of workshops focused on native plants, bees, birds, amphibians and more. Students will be making a photo journal of their experience that we will be able to share. Thanks to all the conservation volunteers helping this year by sharing their knowledge and time with students!
Saanich’s Biodiversity Conservation Award
Congratulations to Purnima Govindarajulu! She has just been awarded Saanich’s Biodiversity Conservation Award. This award highlights her work with the Haliburton Biodiversity Project. Purnima initiated this project in 2007 and since has been an integral and crucial part of its success. Not only has she contributed thousands of hours over the past 8 years in the forms of advice, guidance, and techniques for wildlife stewardship best practices, she has also given her time to ensure that volunteers feel empowered and appreciated. We are all pleased that she has been offered this award. She deserves it!
LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School camas harvest
We are thrilled to have hosted students from LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School for a camas harvest in May. These bulbs were pit cooked to help the kids re-connect with their food traditions. Elder John Elliot, and teachers Pena Elliot, Berkeley Lott, and Judith Arney described to students the importance of this staple that has nourished local people for thousands of years and is a critical part of food security in our region.
HAT’s Native Plant Garden Tour was a HIT!
The Habitat Acquisition Trust Native Plant Garden Tour on Sunday May 1st saw more than 100 visitors to the farm. Haliburton Biodiversity Volunteers provided tours to the wetland and meadow restoration area and other naturescaping features around the farm.
Volunteer With Us
Join us the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 12pm at 741 Haliburton Road.
Next work party is Saturday April 1st 10a.m-12p.m..
Come and have an opportunity to brush up on your plant id! We’ll be planting a wide variety of native wildflowers and grasses.
Also, we’ll be building leaf cutter bee houses and swallow boxes!
Volunteering with the Haliburton Biodiversity Project is a great way to learn about our local flora, fauna, and ecology. Please bring gloves if you have them. Potluck lunch to follow the work party.
We meet in front of the farmhouse up the lane. Look for the yellow mailbox!
Interested in a Tour?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Guided tours for groups and individuals are available.
Volunteers monitoring for frogs, salamanders, and aquatic insects
Camas harvest with students from LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School.