A public art exhibition will be staged at the Markham Museum contributes to a growing public dialogue within Markham, the GTA, and Ontario, about how we live in and plan for a planet in transition. Its aim is to create public dialogue about the future of land use. The exhibition ran from September 21 to October 13, 2013.
The project pilots the use of Market Bucks, or "coupons" as an advertising tool to attract new customers to farmers’ markets. Partnerships between farmers' markets and local, community businesses will raise program funds and distribute the Bucks.
The Georgina Harvest Dinner brings the community together to celebrate and support local farmers and businesses. The funding goes towards sourcing and purchasing food from Greenbelt farmers. The event was held on September 21, 2013
A new market exists for Greenbelt farmers to grow ethno-cultural vegetables. Vineland is continuing with its efforts to launch this market by conducting research and training farmers in crop production, completing a market analysis, and developing partnerships with retailers. Activities in year two scale up commercial production, develop opportunities to test crops in the marketplace, and increase education and outreach activities to the larger farm community.
TEA supports local efforts to grow the Greenbelt along Toronto's major urban river valleys, including the Humber and Don Rivers. This will ensure these watershed lands are permanently protected and connect millions of urban residents directly to the Greenbelt. The project further celebrates the Greenbelt's 10th anniversary by engaging the public in activities that support the Greenbelt (buying local food, taking a hike) and sharing their stories with others online.
Sierra Club supports local efforts by Peel Region municipalities to grow the Greenbelt along their urban river valleys. Extending the Greenbelt into the urban reaches of the Credit River and Etobicoke Creek will ensure these watershed lands are permanently protected and connect another million people directly to the Greenbelt.
The Oak Ridges Moraine protects the headwaters of 65 rivers that flow north and south of the Greenbelt and provide clean sources of drinking water and healthy corridors to allow the movement of plants, animals, and fish. A report card will publish scientific information about the health of the Moraine and adjacent Greenbelt watersheds and identify priority actions needed to make improvements.
As the Greenbelt celebrates its first decade, its biggest champion, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, is connecting with residents to explore and reinforce the Greenbelt's role in sustaining a healthy future for the region.
The project launches a Countryside Stewardship Network along the Credit River. An online tool, the Network will engage private landowners to share stewardship experiences, celebrate accomplishments and generally strengthen a stewardship ethic within the watershed and environmental outcomes, particularly around protecting wetlands.
This project supports a 2013 World Crop Learning Garden at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Vegetables grown in the demonstration and teaching gardens showcase new varieties that Greenbelt farmers are testing in their fields and using to build a commercial market.