Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses

The Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses equine stewardship program addresses specific challenges and opportunities facing the expanding equine community. The objectives of the program include:

-  the engagement of the equine community in stewardship initiatives through outreach education

- the expansion of the network of financial and technical assistance programs available to the    equine community.

The funding for events organized by this committee has been provided by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association from the Nutrient Management BMP Demonstration Grant funding project.

Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses Steering Committee Links

Centre for Land and Water Stewardship (University of Guelph)

Conservation Ontario

Central Lake Ontario Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation
Ganaraska Conservation
Grand River Conservation
Kawartha Conservation
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation
Toronto and Region Conservation
Equine Guelph
Ontario Trail Riders Association
Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association
Ontario Equestrian Federation’s Horse Facilities Council
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  Events – Mark Your Calendar

WHAT

Caring for your Horse & Farm - November 22nd

WHEN

for more information

WHAT

Equine Environmental Stewardship Workshop & Tour - November 29th

WHEN

for more information

WHAT

Workshop about grants available to horse farmers - November 29th

WHEN

for more information

WHAT

Stewardship of the Equine Environment - online

WHEN

for more information and next offering

Resources

  The Water's Edge Transformation Program (WET) available for Lake Simcoe area farmers (pdf)

 

Want to improve the natural buffers around water features on your land? Your local Conservation Authority can help.

Not sure which of the 36 Conservation Authorities you should contact?

Check out the provincial map and contact listing on: the Conservation Ontario website

 

 

How to Obtain Funding

for Environmental Projects?

 

1. Attend an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Workshop and complete an assessment and action plan for your farm. For workshop dates, time and location contact your local Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) representative

 

2. Have your EFP approved by the local peer review committee

 

3. Confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria for the Canada-Ontario Farm Stewardship Program (COFSP) and contact your local OSCIA representative for an application and further direction. Your OSCIA representative may also be able to inform you of additional funding opportunities for your project.

 

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the COFSP because you do not possess a valid Farm Business Registration Number do not worry, simply submit the following information along with your COFSP application:

• a copy of your property assessment notice from Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) confirming that your property is classified as “Farm Taxable: Full”

• proof that you are an individual member in one of the three general farm organizations (Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario or National Farmers Union-Ontario)

 

If your property is not currently classified as Farm Taxable you may be able to have the classification changed by following the procedure indicated below:

• Confirm that your property is zoned as agricultural or rural and that agricultural activities are permitted on your property.

• Submit a Request for Reconsideration to MPAC to have the classification of your property changed (this may also reduce your property taxes). Contact MPAC 1 866 296-6722 for a further description of this procedure.

• If MPAC supports the reclassification of your property the municipality will be notified by MPAC and the municipality will make the adjustment to your property assessment notice.

If you are not currently registered as an individual member in one of the three farm organizations, you may become so by contacting the general farm organization of your choice indicated below:

Ontario Federation of Agriculture: 1 800 668-3276

Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario: 519-837-1620

National Farmers Union: 306-652-9465

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