Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture in the Niagara Region
The Region of Niagara is known for its booming agricultural industries. The Region of Niagara has become a large tourist attraction, drawing large crowds of tourists and contributing to the local economy. Many agricultural industries in the Region of Niagara are trying to become more environmentally sustainable. The move towards considering the environment is something that is a recent trend that is continuing to grow in the area.
Many private agricultural industries and wineries in the Niagara Region are experimenting with new technologies to become more environmentally sustainable. For example, the Tawse Winery in Niagara is a sustainable winery that is organic and uses geothermal energy and gravity to reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions. They also use a water recycling system to reduce the amount of water used. Another environmentally sustainable farm is White Meadow Farms that produces maple products using environmentally friendly practices. Their by-products go into a composting system that flows back into their fields, and they use existing wood on their property to burn for energy instead of burning fossil fuels. Other local agricultural farms in the Region of Niagara are becoming more environmentally sustainable and considering their impact on the environment. These agricultural industries also help to promote tourism and cultural heritage in the area. These and other environmentally sustainable farms in the Niagara Region were supported through Farm Start (which is no longer currently operating) and Sustain Ontario.
Photo credit: Farm Start