Farmer Stories

At Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DFWT), we've been supporting local farmers for over 30 years. Through a combination of stewardship programs that offer funding to farmers, and research projects, our goal is to preserve and sustain local farmland, both for its role in food production and as a valued source of wildlife habitat and ecosystem services.

Learn more about our local farmers and how DFWT's stewardship programs are helping them promote conservation on farmland.

Ken Malenstyn, Crescent Island Farm

Crescent Island Farms in Ladner BC, has been in the Malenstyn family since 1961. Today the farm’s 25 acres grow hay, vegetables, and hops for Barnside Brewing Co., a farm-based brewery owned by Ken Malenstyn’s family, along with three other Delta farm families. Over the years, the Malenstyn family has participated in both Grassland Set-Aside (GLSA) and Hedgerow Stewardship programs with Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DFWT).

Lydia Ryall, Cropthorne Farm

At Cropthorne Farm on Westham Island, Lydia Ryall and her family farm 24 acres of certified organic vegetables and cover crops.

The vision for Cropthorne has always been to achieve diversity in all aspects of its operation: in its farm crew, marketing methods and crops, and by supporting biodiverse ecosystems. The sustainable farming practices that DFWT promotes are a perfect fit for the farm.

Brent Harris, Fraserland Organics

Brent Harris and his family operate a 6th generation organic farm in Delta, farming nearly 2,000 acres of cranberries (non-organic), peas, beans, barley, cattle corn, and potatoes. They’ve been participating in DFWT’s cost-sharing, Cover Crop Program since 1993, when the Trust was first established.

“Our number one reason to plant cover crops is because it’s the right thing to do for our farming system and soils,” says Brent, “but having the cost-share programs with DFWT helps us to try something new and allows us to experiment.”

Jack Zellweger, Zellweger Farms

Zellweger Farms on Westham Island has been in the family for three generations. Jack and his family have a long history with Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DFWT) – he even served as a Director for a time.

The farm grows winter cover crops and participates in DFWT’s Grassland Set-Aside (GLSA) Program. Along with providing wildlife habitat and improved soil health, GLSAs like the Zellweger’s also store carbon – just one of the many ecosystem services provided by farms.

How Can You Help?

Your donation will work towards conserving important farmland and wildlife resources contained in the Fraser River delta.

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