When life gives you mustard… make pesto!

Event Details

April 29th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Milburn Creek Property (Battersea), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

The invasive garlic mustard is threatening the native forests of NCC’s Milburn Creek property. NCC staff need your help to combat this quickly spreading, edible plant. Our motto when it comes to garlic mustard?  “When life gives you mustard…make pesto!”

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About Milburn Creek Property (Battersea)

This spectacular 91 hectare (224 ac.) property is located 20 km north of Kingston, just outside Battersea. Situated between the Frontenac Arch’s granite foundation and the limestone plains of Eastern Lake Ontario, the area’s unique geography creates a mosaic of mixed forest, wetland and riparian habitats. American beech, sugar maple and the endangered butternut form its diverse woodland canopy, while the forest floor below is speckled with ferns and orchids. Following the meandering Milburn Creek for over 2 km, the property’s marshlands support at-risk species such as Blanding’s turtle, western chorus frog and snapping turtle.

What you will be doing

Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant originally brought to North America as a culinary herb. It threatens our native species by crowding out plants and even altering the soil chemistry, making it difficult for native species to grow and survive. You will help NCC staff to combat this quickly spreading, edible invasive plant!

Why you will love it

By hand-pulling Garlic Mustard, you can help ensure that our beautiful native plants, like large-flower trillium, yellow trout-lily and blue cohosh continue to flourish in the forest of the Milburn Creek Property.


Contact Ali Giroux: ali.giroux@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

No previous experience is required. This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions: wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants with long socks (there are ticks on this property), comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, and a hat. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

*New in 2017* Attend two NCC Conservation Volunteer events in 2017, and at your second event, you will receive an awesome NCC buff. It’s great for protection from the sun, bugs, cold, rain, and dare we say it’s also great for looking fabulous in the field! Attend four NCC Conservation Volunteer events in 2017 and at your fourth event you will receive an awesome NCC t-shirt.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch