SRRCD Partners with CD Trees on Open Farm Day September 6th, 2019

Posted in: Environmental Education

The Seine-Rat River Conservation District (SRRCD) is excited at the invitation to co-host an Open Farm Days on September 15th, 2019 with Cliff and Dorothy from CD Trees. Open Farm Day is where farmers open up their farms for you to the public.

Open Farm Days are a great way for the public to learn about Manitoba farm operations and get questions answered such as how they go about producing the food we eat and the steps producers take to maintain the environmental stewardship their land. These tours also provide the opportunity for the public to try the food that is being produced and participate in activities that are part of everyday farm life. Want to milk a cow? Pick a pumpkin? Or learn about Christmas Trees? Open Farm Day is a great way to know your neighbors.

The SRRCD will be with CD Trees/Redpoll Farms for this year’s Open Farm Day. CD Trees/Redpoll Farms has been a SRRCD partner on past included a water retention area built in 2006 to reduce local flooding by storing water. An educational “swamp walk” was built in 2014, where the public can view the Herschfeld swamp wetland ecosystem in action.  You can visit with SRRCD district staff for more information on the projects that have taken place at CD Trees or on any of our numerous programs that benefit farmers within Southeast Manitoba, all while enjoying a trailer ride around the farm and through the marshland.

Control structure for the water retention at CD Trees

Another participant in Open Farms Days, Kismet Creek Farm is located across the road from CD Trees/Redpoll Farms and has also been a SRRCD partner. In 2018, Kismet Creek Farm installed a retention pond on their property to also hold water back from flowing into the Manning Canal watershed. Kismet Creek Farm also fenced off riparian areas to keep their livestock out of the waterway. Excluding the livestock from riparian area helped reduced stream bank erosion, enhancing riparian habitat for wildlife, improving water quality and herd health

Come out for the afternoon to say hi and grab a bit to eat! We’d love to tour you around at one of our longest standing water retention projects and introduce you to Cliff and Dorothy.

CD Trees/Redpoll Farms

Hosts: Cliff and Dorothy

Contact: 204-326-622/

Hours: 11 am to 5 pm

Tour Information: Christmas Tree Farm tour and Environmental Marshland tour. Visitors will be able to purchase products, jams, pickles and seasonal garden produce. Lunch available.

Directions: After leaving Steinbach, travel 10 km (5 miles) South on Hwy #12. Turn east (left) on Rd29N. Go 1.6 km (1 mile) to a Stop sign. Then turn South (right) on Rd 35E. Then .5 km (.3 mile) South on 35 E. Look for sign.

Civic Address: 28141 Rd 35E



Kismet Creek Farm

Hosts: Karl & Raelle Schoenrock

Contact: 204-381-7766

Hours: 11 am to 5 pm

Tour Information: Tours of the petting farm/animal sanctuary. The have goats, sheep, alpacas, miniature donkeys, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, horses and steers. There will be hands-on activities and opportunities to learn about the different species and share their amazing rescue stories.

Directions: After leaving Steinbach, travel 10 km (5 miles) South on Hwy #12. Turn east (left) on Rd29N. Go 1.6 km (1 mile) to a Stop sign. Then turn South (right) on Rd 35E. Then .5 km (.3 mile) South on 35 E. Look for sign.

Civic Address: 28134 Rd 35E


Open Farm Day

September 15th, 2019

11 am – 5 pm

(Check website for individual open farm times



ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) now at SRRCD July 30th, 2019

Posted in: General

A partnership between the Seine Rat River Conservation District (SRRCD) and ALUS Canada, a Weston Family Initiative, the ALUS SRRCD program was launched in July, 2019. Jodi Goerzen SRRCD manager about the partnership, “Right now there is a lot of local anticipation around how incentivizing alternative land use practices in our agricultural community will really become the catalyst to better water quality in Manitoba while generating an increased understanding to the benefits of ecological goods and services that some producers already provide. It is really encouraging to see ALUS Canada welcome the SRRCD into this national effort.”

The ALUS SRRCD program aims to address important local environmental issues, particularly the protection and enhancement of surface water and groundwater in southeastern Manitoba. “We are excited to partner with another strong conservation district in Manitoba. The ALUS Seine Rat River program will support farmers and ranchers who produce cleaner water, cleaner air and improved biodiversity,” said Paige Englot, ALUS Canada’s Prairie Hub Manager.

To accomplish this, the ALUS SRRCD local Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of farmers and stakeholders prioritizes projects that remove sensitive, marginal sections of croplands and forage lands from agricultural production, to establish, restore and enhance wetlands, floodplains and additional water-retention areas. The SRRCD board is enthusiastic by what this partnership can do within the local conservation district, “This is the bold move towards protecting and sustaining the management of our land and water resources that Southeastern Manitoba has been waiting years to embark on,” comments Cornie Goertzen SRRCD Chair of the Board.

The ALUS SRRCD program is located in the Seine Rat River Conservation District, which covers approximately 6,700 square kilometres in southeastern Manitoba. The area is roughly triangular in shape, with its tip at Winnipeg and its base along the U.S. border, extending from the Red River all the way to the southeast corner of the province. The SRRCD is home to approximately 70,000 residents residing in 16 municipalities including the third-largest city in Manitoba, the City of Steinbach.

The SRRCD is comprised of three sub-watersheds including the Seine River, Rat-Marsh River and Roseau River with all of their respective drains and tributaries such as the Manning Canal, Seine River Diversion, Tourond Creek, Joubert Creek, Angle Drain and Jordan Creek. It includes the iconic geography of the fertile Red River Valley and the scenic Sandilands Escarpment. The western part of the district, the Red River Valley, features a great number of croplands. Moving eastward, this farmland gradually gives way to a mixture of parklands and range

lands, until reaching the heavily forested Sandilands region that also offers localized rangelands.

Through their ALUS projects, ALUS SRRCD participants will help to produce cleaner water, cleaner air and more biodiversity, including pollinator habitat, for the benefit of everyone in the community.

Like all ALUS programs, ALUS SRRCD is completely voluntary for local agricultural producers and landowners, and is overseen by a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC). Harold Janzen PAC Vice-Chair and ALUS SRRCD demonstration farmer, “We are excited to demonstrate the good work farmers are accomplishing and to showcase how we can all be part of a sustainable tomorrow through participation in alternative land use programs like ALUS SRRCD.”

Together, ALUS Canada and the Seine Rat River Conservation District are working towards sustaining agriculture, wildlife and natural space for all residents – one acre at a time.

Paige Englot of ALUS Canada Prairie Hub Manager presents to SRRCD members at a introductory BBQ June 17, 2019


ALUS SRRCD Program Delivery Details


ALUS SRRCD Program Objective:

To enhance water quality through on-farm projects that remove marginal lands from production for the establishment and re-establishment of floodplains, wetlands and water retention areas. Farm the best and leave the rest.


ALUS SRRCD Program Payment Details:

Class 1-3 Crop Land ………. $100/acre annual payments

$100/acre of establishment costs for seeding

Class 4 Forage Land ………. $30/acre annual payments

50% of establishment costs for fencing

Class 5 & up Farm Land … $15/acre annual payments

100% establishment costs for fencing


ALUS SRRCD Participant Requirements:

Upon approval, all participants are required to remove nutrients and vegetation from the protected areas as weather permits and submit a self-report with pictures to receive full payments, failure to submit a self-report will result in a half payment and failure to complete the project at all will result in no payment.


For more information and application forms for the ALUS SRRCD program:

Jodi Goerzen  SRRCD Manager & ALUS SRRCD Coordinator or

Joey Pankiw  ALUS SRRCD Assistant Coordinator


Seine-Rat River Conservation District

154 Friesen Avenue

Steinbach MB

R5G 0T5


Chubaty Winter Watering System July 23rd, 2019

Posted in: Livestock Programming

This project works together with a water retention project to ensure water supply during dry years. Check out the Chubaty Water Retention Project to find out more

Chubaty Water Retention July 23rd, 2019

Posted in: Livestock Programming Water Storage/Retention

This project is part of a two-part water retention effort. Checkout the Claringbould Water Retention project for more information on the downstream cell. This water retention project also supplies water for a watering system that serves 150 cow/calf pairs year round