Lohbrunner Farm

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On September 26, 2016, the Supreme Court of British Columbia approved the transfer of Lohbrunner Farm to the FarmFolk/CityFolk Society. For more information please view the news release.

On September 30, 2015, TLC completed the transfer of 26 properties, including Lohbrunner Bird Sanctuary, to the Nature Conservancy of Canada for their continued stewardship. For more information please view the news release.

Norma Lohbrunner lived on the same 40-acre farm since she married her husband, Joseph, in 1945. A long driveway lead you to a white farmhouse with fields to your right and the forest rising up, providing a picturesque green backdrop. It is these two features – the agricultural fields and the forest – that Norma was passionate about.

Over the years, Norma and Joseph grew a wide variety of produce on the land, from beef cattle to hay to vegetables. Joseph had a great passion for birds and Norma recalled how he would bring towhee birds into the kitchen to feed them. He whistled and called like the birds and even took care of one that had a broken leg. Both Joseph and Norma lived with the land and what it offered them.

After Joseph passed away in 1968, Norma wanted to uphold his wish that “this land never be developed”. Norma’s vision was also to protect this land from the rampant development she had seen in the region. She saw the forest as a calm sanctuary for her beloved bird community and the farmland as a valuable food-producing resource, despite the fact that it had only been used for hay production in recent years. This minimal farming activity all changed when Norma began the process to see her hopes for the farm realized.

In 2007, Norma donated the farm to The Land Conservancy using a legal agreement called a ‘life estate’. A ‘life estate’ meant that Norma would live in her home for the rest of her life; it meant that she had given title to The Land Conservancy who assume responsibility for protecting the land in perpetuity as per Norma’s wishes.

Norma passed away on October 18, 2011. She will be missed by her friends, family and all who knew her. For more information on Norma’s story please visit our post celebrating her life.

Lohbrunner News

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Supreme Court of BC Approves Transfer of Lohbrunner Farm

September 26th, 2016|4 Comments

NEWS RELEASE SUPREME COURT OF BC APPROVES TRANSFER OF LOHBRUNNER FARM FROM THE LAND CONSERVANCY OF BC TO FARMFOLK/CITYFOLK SOCIETY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2016 Victoria, BC – The Supreme Court of British Columbia [...]

TLC Transfers 28 Properties to Conservation Organizations and Regional District

September 30th, 2015|0 Comments

NEWS RELEASE THE LAND CONSERVANCY OF BC TRANSFERS OF 28 PROPERTIES TO CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS AND REGIONAL DISTRICT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2015 Victoria, BC – The Land Conservancy of B.C. (TLC) will complete transfers [...]

Proposed Bylaw Amendment Fails at Extraordinary General Meeting

June 17th, 2015|13 Comments

NEWS RELEASE THE LAND CONSERVANCY OF BC PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT FAILS AT EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING TLC to propose new amendment to membership FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2015 Victoria, BC – The Land Conservancy of [...]