partnering with farmers to enhance on farm habitat through payments for ecological services
exploring the links between growing food and wildlife, pollinators, and carbon sequestration
connecting people with resources to understand the relationship between wildlife habitat and farming
Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust is a non-profit organization that promotes the preservation of farmland and wildlife habitat in the Fraser River estuary of British Columbia, Canada through co-operative land stewardship with local farmers.
Since our establishment in 1993, over 89,000 acres of winter cover crops, 14,600 acres of grassland set-asides and 10 km of hedgerows have been planted and maintained.
Approximately $10 million has been disbursed through our stewardship programs to the farming communities of Delta and Richmond, BC to support agricultural practices that improve biodiversity and support long-term soil health.
The Grassland Set-aside Stewardship Program encourages farmers to plant fields with grasses and broadleaf plants to restore the soil.
Winter Cover Crop
The Winter Cover Crop Stewardship Program helps farmers establish vegetative cover on their fields before winter.
Laser Leveling and Soil Amendment
The Laser Leveling and Soil Amendment Stewardship Programs supports farmers in managing and maintaining soil productivity.
Hedgerow and Grass Margin
The Hedgerow and Grass Margin Stewardship Programs assists farmers in planting native trees, shrubs, and grasses on their farms.
Research is a necessary component of the work we do at DF&WT as we are constantly innovating our programs to optimize the impact they have on soil health and wildlife habitat.
Our Field Technician is actively monitoring the quantity of wildlife impacted by our stewardship programs. DF&WT also collaborates with local academic institutions to deliver up-to-date research on the effectiveness of natural systems installed on agricultural fields.
Current Research Projects
- Monitoring breeding birds in our Grassland Set-asides
- Evaluating the impacts of our Winter Cover Crops
- Evaluating waterfowl by field type
- Evaluating the relationship between natural system, beneficial insects, pests, and blueberry crop yield
Upcoming Research Projects
- Monitoring bats in our Grassland Set-asides
- Monitoring herons & raptors in our Grassland Set-asides
- Monitoring owls in our Grassland Set-asides
Day At The Farm
Every September 4,000-5,000 residents from across Metro Vancouver come out to our fun-filled event to learn all about the inner workings of local agricultural practices.