In its third season of children’s programming, ClearWater Farm saw more people than ever visiting the historic property to learn about land, food and water and how everything we do on the land affects the health of Lake Simcoe. In 2016, the Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded the Ontario Water Centre, that operates the farm, a Grow Grant of $750,000 over three years to support the emerging experiential learning programs at ClearWater Farm. The mission of the not-for-profit in Georgina is to help teach kids about food, the land and water to create the
eco-champions of the future.
In June, ClearWater Farm and the Chippewas of Georgina hosted approximately 100 families for a traditionally-inspired Water Walk along the water to the farm where children learned about the lake and learned about gardens, greenhouses and growing. Over a week in August, about 1500 visitors had fun on the farm to commemorate Georgina’s 200 th Anniversary during an incredible barn raising by members of the Timber Framers Guild. Events included presentations by timber framers, a local vendor market and a final day festival.
ClearWater Farm on the shores of Lake Simcoe is being revitalized as a place-based learning centre with projects that are for kids, BY kids. Educational principles of the programming flow directly from Ontario’s environmental education curriculum and First Nations traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) principles – always part of Ontario Water Centre’s practices.