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The 1000 Acre Challenge is TIWLT’s largest, ongoing initiative, encompassing everything TIWLT stands for.
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Over the next 5 years, we will raise at least $4 million to support Life, Land, Learning and Legacies. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please watch our video and learn more about the foundational values of TIWLT. These are our 3 immediate initiatives, all overlapping and supporting 4EVER in many ways.

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image_1_url=”1554″ image_1_offset_x_sign=”-” image_1_offset_x=”0%” image_1_offset_y_sign=”+” image_1_offset_y=”5%” image_1_rotate_sign=”+” image_1_rotate=”none” image_1_scale=”1″ image_1_box_shadow=”none” image_1_padding=”none” image_1_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_1_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_2_url=”1559″ image_2_offset_x_sign=”+” image_2_offset_x=”75%” image_2_offset_y_sign=”+” image_2_offset_y=”65%” image_2_rotate_sign=”+” image_2_rotate=”none” image_2_scale=”1″ image_2_box_shadow=”x_large_depth” image_2_padding=”none” image_2_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_2_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_3_url=”1564″ image_3_offset_x_sign=”-” image_3_offset_x=”75%” image_3_offset_y_sign=”-” image_3_offset_y=”55%” image_3_rotate_sign=”+” image_3_rotate=”none” image_3_scale=”1″ image_3_box_shadow=”none” image_3_padding=”auto” image_3_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_3_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_4_offset_x_sign=”+” image_4_offset_x=”0%” image_4_offset_y_sign=”+” image_4_offset_y=”0%” 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In 2018, a remarkable woman named Jane Topping passed away and generously donated her farm property and home to TIWLT. This 111-acre property sits on local source waters. She loved this land immensely and wanted to protect the remarkable forest, waterfall, wetlands, and history… forever. Her home Evergreen Lodge at Glen Elbe and its 170-year old barn will be now be restored and transformed into TIWLT’s Experiential Learning Centre. TIWLT would love people to donate as they can to make this happen. Volunteer skills for gardening, pruning, carpentry, trail maintenance, etc. are welcomed.

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The Back Story

(1790 – 1850)
In the late 1700s, many lots in this region were granted to United Empire Loyalists and this one was especially desirable. In addition to being good farmland, it was on a rare, government-maintained highway, and had an excellent waterfall – a prized power source, ready to be harnessed. By 1805, a sawmill was supplying boards and timbers for nearby pioneer settlements and a grist mill was added in 1818. The mills were constantly evolving with new owners coming on board and a small settlement grew along the western bank of Elbe Creek and within the immediate area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” offset=”vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][nectar_cascading_images image_1_url=”1563″ image_1_offset_x_sign=”-” image_1_offset_x=”0%” image_1_offset_y_sign=”+” image_1_offset_y=”5%” image_1_rotate_sign=”+” image_1_rotate=”none” image_1_scale=”1″ image_1_box_shadow=”none” image_1_padding=”none” image_1_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_1_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_2_url=”1562″ image_2_offset_x_sign=”+” image_2_offset_x=”75%” image_2_offset_y_sign=”+” image_2_offset_y=”60%” image_2_rotate_sign=”+” image_2_rotate=”none” image_2_scale=”1″ image_2_box_shadow=”x_large_depth” image_2_padding=”none” image_2_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_2_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_3_url=”1561″ image_3_offset_x_sign=”+” image_3_offset_x=”90%” image_3_offset_y_sign=”-” image_3_offset_y=”45%” image_3_rotate_sign=”+” image_3_rotate=”none” image_3_scale=”1″ image_3_box_shadow=”none” image_3_padding=”auto” image_3_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_3_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_4_offset_x_sign=”+” image_4_offset_x=”0%” image_4_offset_y_sign=”+” image_4_offset_y=”0%” image_4_rotate_sign=”+” image_4_rotate=”none” image_4_scale=”1″ image_4_box_shadow=”none” image_4_padding=”auto” image_4_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_4_max_width_mobile=”100%” border_radius=”none” image_loading=”lazy-load” parallax_scrolling=”yes” parallax_scrolling_intensity=”subtle”][vc_custom_heading text=”The Grist Mill today, waiting to be explored! (Above)” font_container=”tag:h6|font_size:12|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”The falls that built a community (Right Top)” font_container=”tag:h6|font_size:12|text_align:left|line_height:0″ google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”The Grist Mill in 1830 (Right Bottom)” font_container=”tag:h6|font_size:12|text_align:left|line_height:2″ google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md”][image_with_animation image_url=”1555″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In From Left” hover_animation=”none” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” image_loading=”default” max_width=”100%” max_width_mobile=”default”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner column_margin=”50px” top_padding=”3%” bottom_padding=”3%” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” offset=”vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][nectar_cascading_images image_1_url=”1555″ image_1_offset_x_sign=”-” image_1_offset_x=”0%” image_1_offset_y_sign=”+” image_1_offset_y=”5%” image_1_rotate_sign=”+” image_1_rotate=”none” image_1_scale=”1″ image_1_box_shadow=”none” image_1_padding=”none” image_1_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_1_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_2_url=”1565″ image_2_offset_x_sign=”-” image_2_offset_x=”90%” image_2_offset_y_sign=”-” image_2_offset_y=”20%” image_2_rotate_sign=”+” image_2_rotate=”none” image_2_scale=”1″ image_2_box_shadow=”x_large_depth” image_2_padding=”none” image_2_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_2_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_3_offset_x_sign=”-” image_3_offset_x=”75%” image_3_offset_y_sign=”-” image_3_offset_y=”55%” image_3_rotate_sign=”+” image_3_rotate=”none” image_3_scale=”1″ image_3_box_shadow=”none” image_3_padding=”auto” image_3_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_3_max_width_mobile=”100%” image_4_offset_x_sign=”+” image_4_offset_x=”0%” image_4_offset_y_sign=”+” image_4_offset_y=”0%” image_4_rotate_sign=”+” image_4_rotate=”none” image_4_scale=”1″ image_4_box_shadow=”none” image_4_padding=”auto” image_4_max_width_desktop=”100%” image_4_max_width_mobile=”100%” border_radius=”none” image_loading=”lazy-load” parallax_scrolling=”yes” parallax_scrolling_intensity=”subtle”][vc_custom_heading text=”150 years ago, the sounds were hooves and snorting horses. Just a little TLC needed now.” font_container=”tag:h6|font_size:12|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none”]

The Middle Story

(1850 – 2018)
From those very early days, Glen Elbe became a thriving community. Jane Topping’s home, which she has gifted to TIWLT, had served as a post-office and stagecoach stop on the Brockville – Perth road. Stops were every 6 miles so that the hard-driven horses could be changed for fresh ones. Passengers would disembark and enjoy the gardens and a refreshment before continuing on their way. As one of Canada’s newer and well-used roads, it was eventually covered in planks to provide a smoother and quieter ride![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md”][image_with_animation image_url=”1566″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In From Left” hover_animation=”none” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” image_loading=”default” max_width=”100%” max_width_mobile=”default”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner column_margin=”50px” top_padding=”3%” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none”]

Today’s Story

TIWLT is restoring and renovating Jane’s house and grounds to support organic farming, exploratory trails, wildlife and experiential learning. The old gardens and plantings are happy for the help … including yours! It won’t take much if we all contribute a little. As our Executive Director Calder Schweitzer says, “we can nickel and dime our way into saving an endangered species”. Please join TWILT now and consider a small donation.

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max_width_mobile=”default”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”THE GLEN ELBE” font_container=”tag:h5|font_size:16|text_align:left|color:%23000000|line_height:32px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1590174869362{margin-bottom: 1px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Creating an Historic Learning & Experience Centre” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1590410243307{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]

In 2018, a remarkable woman named Jane Topping, passed away and generously donated her farm property, home, and buildings to the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust. This 111- acre property sits on the source waters of our watershed. She loved this land immensely and wanted to protect the remarkable forest, waterfall, wetlands, and historic remains … forever. Her home “Evergreen Lodge”, will be now be restored and renovated as will the 170 year old barn.

The Back Story
In the late 1700s, a United Empire Loyalist, named Chauncey Bellamy Sr., left Vermont and came to Glen Elbe with his wife and young son, Chauncey Jr. After a few years here, Mom and Dad moved north to Bellamy Pond (now Toledo, North Augusta), and the impressive, Chauncey Junior, still in his teenage years, returned to Elbe Creek where he dammed the creek, built a sawmill, grist mill and then his stone home! He had a waterfall and waterpower was the foundation of the economy and community for the next hundred years. Chauncey Bellamy and Glen Elbe thrived!

The Middle Story
The existing house on the Glen Elbe property, Jane’s “Evergreen Lodge”, was a post-office and stagecoach stop on the Brockville – Perth road, from about 1870 onwards. Stops were every 6 miles in order that the hard-driven horses could be changed. Passengers would disembark and enjoy the gardens and a refreshment before continuing on their way. As one of Canada’s newer and well-used roads, it was eventually covered in planks to provide a smoother and quieter ride!

Today’s Story
TIWLT is restoring and renovating the house and grounds to support organic farming, exploratory trails, wildlife and experiential learning. The old gardens and plantings are happy for the help … including yours! It won’t take much if we all contribute a little. As our Executive Calder Schweitzer says “we can nickel and dime our way into saving an endangered species”. Please join TWILT now and consider a small donation.

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TIWLT has partnered with Ironwood Organics, owned by Chris and Mary Wooding. The farm’s motto is “Growing Ecosystem Services” – so very timely in light of today’s issues of food security, hard-hitting effects of climate change and loss of wildlife, world-wide.

Ironwood Organics is an Ecological Demonstration Farm. The farm explores how native wildlife can thrive here and become a vital part of crop production. As an example, hedgerows host a lot of animals that contribute to a healthy farm-scape by eating insect pests that feed on crops, reducing pesticides. Hedgerows slow crop-flattening winds and help manage soil moisture. Selecting the right cereal grains can let farmers fight climate change and even soak up millions of tonnes of water to undercut yearly flooding downstream.

Ironwood Organics is a great place to visit, learn and support. It’s supported by grants from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Gretchen Bauta.

Please watch this short video hosted by Ironwood Organics owner Chris Wooding and find a time to visit Ironwood Organics with your family to learn more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” column_margin=”default” bg_color=”#f4f4f4″ scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” id=”conservancy” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”padding-5-percent” column_padding_position=”top-bottom” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md”][image_with_animation image_url=”1280″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In From Left” hover_animation=”none” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” image_loading=”default” max_width=”100%” max_width_mobile=”default”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”WHAT WE ALWAYS DO” font_container=”tag:h5|font_size:16|text_align:left|color:%23000000|line_height:32px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1590174819013{margin-bottom: 1px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Continuing & Growing Conservancy” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1588010894869{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]Many people who want to save and protect their land are unaware of the opportunities that exist to do that. TIWLT understands that it’s often not in a landowner’s power to simply donate land; there are financial considerations. And so TIWLT has some powerful tools to help make dreams possible. Please watch this short video on Legacies and contact us for more information.

Everything we are doing is made possible by people like you, who donate land, volunteer their professional skills or simply find a weekend to help out and love the land. Please join TIWLT and help ensure an amazing future for our children. Be a part of 4EVER![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”top-bottom” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” offset=”vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][image_with_animation image_url=”1280″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In From Right” hover_animation=”none” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” image_loading=”default” max_width=”175%” max_width_mobile=”default” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”-15″][image_with_animation image_url=”1279″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In From Right” hover_animation=”none” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” image_loading=”default” max_width=”175%” max_width_mobile=”default” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”-15″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_color=”#ffffff” shape_divider_position=”top” shape_divider_height=”80″ bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=”curve”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ font_color=”#ffffff” column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” translate_y=”-50%”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” translate_y=”-30%” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” centered_text=”true” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ font_color=”#ffffff” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/6″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” enable_animation=”true” animation=”flip-in-vertical”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”padding-3-percent” column_padding_position=”all” centered_text=”true” background_color=”#931014″ background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ font_color=”#ffffff” column_shadow=”medium_depth” column_border_radius=”none” top_margin=”15″ column_link_target=”_self” width=”2/3″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none” enable_animation=”true” animation=”flip-in-vertical”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”15″][vc_custom_heading text=”Stay up to date with what’s happening” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][nectar_btn size=”jumbo” button_style=”see-through-2″ color_override=”#ffffff” hover_color_override=”#ffffff” hover_text_color_override=”#000000″ icon_family=”default_arrow” url=”/news” text=”View updates” margin_top=”30″ margin_bottom=”1″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”15″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/6″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” overlay_strength=”0.3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]