Tree planting is an easy way that anyone can make a difference in our climate, land and water systems. There are so many lasting benefits for our earth and in wellbeing for the people who take the time to connect to nature. At ClearWater Farm, 525 native fruit trees, hardwoods and pines were planted this fall by students from across York Region. As is the case with every project here at the Farm, it’s the children who lead. With the help of two horticultural specialists and trees bought with a grant from York Region’s Greening Partnership Fund, these eco-champions investigated soil and planting conditions, tree types and how trees can positively affect the rest of the eco-system including, Lake Simcoe. Even more kids, ClearWater Farm summer campers, helped through plant identification, forest clearing, planting and mapping. We think the term tree hugger is apropos again as these kids show us all how to be eco-champions of the future!