Over his 25 year career as a full time farmer, David Ainslie incorporated his sophisticated understanding of natural systems into his farming operation. Through his adoption of many conservation farm practices, he influenced the practices of other farmers across the region. David maintains a 25 acre woodlot in the Municipality of Leamington and has undertaken a woodlot restoration near Comber.
He has been described as an innovative farmer who was amongst the first in the region to adopt conservation farming techniques such as no-till planting. He has implemented many Beneficial Management Practices that improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat across all of his farms. Most notably, Mr. Ainslie has made use of rock chutes, extensive tree planting, shelter belts and buffer strips which reduce soil erosion and improve water quality, as well as increases natural habitat and enhances the sustainability of agricultural lands.
Even with his recent change in focus from full time farming, he looks forward to implementing further improvements to his farms. He has been a strong advocate for conservation farming practices within the agricultural community, and his efforts have contributed to creating a future of sustainability for this region. David is a founding director of the Canada South Land Trust, and he has also provided leadership to the Essex Soil & Crop Improvement Association and the Essex Conservation Club. In 2006, Mr. Ainslie was recognized with an ERCA Conservation Award for Environmental Achievement.