FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 21, 2017
Spoken Word Poem Celebrates Ontario's Greenbelt on World Poetry Day
A slam poem by Shane Koyczan, commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation celebrates farmers and the Greenbelt
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is participating in World Poetry Day by sharing a spoken word poem by renowned slam poet Shane Koyczan that pays tribute to the land and the farmers who sustain us. “The Growers Prayer” can be listened to online and shared on social media to mark World Poetry Day.
“This poem finds the beauty and the meaning in honouring the land and taking a moment to appreciate the people who have grown your dinner,” said Burkhard Mausberg, Friends of the Greenbelt CEO. “The protection of farmland and the natural environment is not only important for our food system and environment, but to protect the beauty that can inspire art, as this poem shows.”
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation commissioned the poem to a celebrate of Ontario’s farmland, forests, water, and life in the Greenbelt.
“The Growers Prayer” encourages everyone who values and supports the Greenbelt to share their stories and reasons for preserving the landscape with the hashtags #ShareYourVoice and #ONGreenbelt.
The poem will also be screened at a listening party at the Toronto Poetry Slam on Sunday, March 26 at the Drake Hotel.
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Office: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306