30th Anniversary BBQ
June 17, 2023
Celebrating the many individuals that have contributed to DFWT’s success over the past three decades, with delicious food, live music, and great company.
Tickets are on sale now.
Practical Benefits of Cover Crops
Learn more about the economic and ecological benefits of cover crops
Tracking Snow Geese by sound
Read our new blog post about a trial project we’ve started to monitor Snow Goose movements on farmland by their calls
Taking Cover for Winter: How to Protect Farm Soil
Interested in learning more about the DF&WT Winter Cover Crop Program?
Check out our new blog post
At DFWT, we help farmers create sustainable solutions that reach beyond the fields.
Productive local farmland. Healthy, diverse ecosystems. Wildlife habitat on farms.
At Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DFWT), we work with farmers to address two of today’s most pressing environmental issues: food security and disappearing wildlife habitat.
Our programs, research and cost-sharing initiatives help farmers in the Fraser River delta and the Fraser Valley:
- Improve their soil health and crop yields through sustainable farming practices
- Preserve and create wildlife habitat on farms
The importance of conserving local farmland
Both farmland and wildlife are under pressure from increasing urbanization and industrialization. Farmland in the Fraser River Estuary has become expensive and scarce, and – in the face of challenges such as changing climate patterns – farmers are under more pressure than ever to increase their land’s productivity and ensure its
The Fraser River delta and the Fraser Valley have some of the most productive farmland in BC, producing vegetables, berries, dairy products, poultry, and more. Delta farmers produce more than 50% of the potatoes consumed in BC, and the Fraser Valley generates the largest annual farm receipts of any regional district in BC. Farmland for food production is essential. Local farms – both large and small – reduce our reliance on imports, support local economies, and reduce the environmental footprint of the food on our tables. Sustainably managed farms also produce ecosystem services that benefit us all, from carbon storage, to the clean air and water provided by plant life.
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.
30th Anniversary Summer Solstice BBQ – June 17th, 2023
Day at the Farm – September 9th, 2023
In Gratitude To Our Sponsors & Supporters
How Can You Help?
Your donation will work towards conserving important farmland and wildlife resources contained in the Fraser River delta.