Increasingly consumers base their buying decisions on their desire to support environmental sustainability. Since 2003, farmers across Canada have voluntarily assessed how earth friendly their farms are through a program called the Environmental Farm Plan Program. This initiative encourages producers to adopt beneficial management practices that enhance agricultural sustainability and contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment.
By managing animal grazing areas, reducing nutrient run-off, and incorporating integrated pest management, farmers can limit their impacts on waterways, wildlife and biodiversity.
Here’s how you can reduce nutrient run-off in your own garden. Compost adds important nutrients to our soil; however these same nutrients can fuel algae growth if they enter the water system. Keeping a lid on your compost during the wet season will keep the nutrients in your compost instead of running down storm drains. A soggy compost can also contribute to anaerobic zones that slow the composting process. A simple lid or tarp can also reduce these effects.
In BC, the BC Agricultural Research and Development Corporation (ARDCorp) delivers the Canada-British Columbia Environmental Farm Plan Program on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAL).
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