Success Stories

Story telling is how we pass on knowledge and traditions, leave behind legacies and inspire generations to come. This is YOUR space to tell the story (or stories!) of how you have contributed to protecting the land you love.

Post photos, pin your location on a map and don’t be afraid to tell us how awesome you are. You never know who will be motivated by your actions and become a countryside steward themselves.

No story is too small or too big. We want to celebrate your successes with you!

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Springing into Action to Tackle Invasive Plants

Spring signals to many rural landowners to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and tackle a project on their property. Tom Steller of Caledon is no exception. Motivated to do the right thing for the environment, he has been working on removing an invasive tree species called buckthorn. His efforts though, have been thwarted by the tree’s resilience and the size of the infestation.

Caring for Seedlings through a Drought is an Investment in the Future

Having moved to their 33 acre property eight years ago, Ralph Sturgeon and Diane Robinson candidly admit they were apprehensive about working with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). The couple, however was very interested in creating more areas of wildlife habitat around their home so they attended an information session on CVC’s Private Land Tree Planting program and liked what they heard. De…

Farming for the Future – Paradise Farms

Shane Baghai, owner of Paradise Farms in Caledon believes in “natural farming” with the long term in mind. Seven years ago Baghai bought 200 acres in Caledon and began raising angus, Scottish highland and waygu cattle. Baghai is acutely aware of agriculture’s interdependent relationship with the natural world. On his Caledon farm he is conscientiously working to protect water quality and…

The Kerbel Cottage – A Legacy of Restoration

Gail, Diane and Hart Kerbel grew up spending their weekends and summers at the family’s 100 acre cottage just outside Limehouse. The Kerbels bought the property back in 1973 and now along with Gail’s husband Charles, they visit the property as much as possible. Gail, Diane and Hart fondly remember the large pond, a stone’s throw from the cottage. It was a source of endless fascination and…

Harnessing the Power of the Sun to Protect Water Quality

Situated at the headwaters of the Credit River watershed, Don and Karen McClellan own 100 beautiful acres of rolling Mono hills. The farm had been in Karen McClellan’s family for years and now the two have called it home for the past 35 years.

“In this area, the water to the east runs to the Humber, to the north it goes to the Nottawasaga and to the south, it runs to the Credit,” s…

Restoration Anticipation

Over the past 16 years, John and Veronica Johnson have been slowly working away on their 10 acre rural property. They have two horses, laying hens and geothermal energy. They recently planted edible nut trees. With two young children in tow, the Johnson’s keep busy but they say they’ve loved moving to Caledon from Toronto.

Footsteps from their home, the Johnson’s have a small pond…

Community Volunteers Tackle Yellow Floating Heart

Yellow Floating Heart is an invasive aquatic plant that we need to watch out for. Its bright yellow flower and heart shaped leaves make it an attractive ornamental plant but it is dangerous if it gets into watersheds where it can spread accidentally or by flooding. It is in the Dominion Gardens Stormwater Management Pond in Georgetown. The pond eventually drains into the Credit River so there i…

The Apteds: Thinking About Your Land Today Pays Off Tomorrow

Doug and Janis Apted weren’t farmers 24 years ago when they left Brampton and moved to Caledon. They purchased 40 acres on Kennedy Road through a friend and soon found themselves raising goats, chickens, peacocks, turkeys and cattle while still teaching full time.

“Our friends went to the movies on weekends and we were busy working the farm. I’d say to women at work I was busy fenc…

The Baxters: Caring for the Land From Generation to Generation

In 1839, the Baxter family purchased 200 acres of Crown land, farming it for several generations. Clive Baxter embodies the term “steward of the land”. He is both attentive and responsive to its natural processes, taking proactive steps to improve its health while respecting the ecological systems. Baxter delights in the land’s natural features and feels a strong sense of responsibility t…