Vote for the Greenbelt Photo Contest "People's Choice" Winner

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For the past three months the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection held a photography contest to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The top 20 submissions will be exhibited at  the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Two of those 20 will be "People's Choice" winners. You can vote for your People's Choice pick on the Greenbelt Facebook Page. Voting ends October 29th at 4:59pm ET.LINE_copy.png

On August 11, 2015 we officially launched the Greenbelt 10th Anniversary Photo Contest, arguably our most ambitious contest to-date.

We invited photographers from across the province to submit their best Greenbelt shots - the winning photographs were to be displayed in special exhibit at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and, eventually, to tour various locations across the Greenbelt. 

We'd secured two great partners--the Professional Photographers of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection--and we knew from experience that many talented photographers find inspiration in the Greenbelt's diverse landscapes. And yet, there was still that lingering worry  - "Suppose we couldn't get enough entries?" 

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Pilot Project to plant 130,000 tender fruit trees in Niagara

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October 14, 2015

 PILOT PROJECT TO PLANT 130,000 TENDER FRUIT TREES IN NIAGARA
New Partnership Will See Up to 500 Acres Planted & Harvested Over Next Four Years

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Ontario Tender Fruit Growers are launching a pilot project to plant up to 130,000 tender fruit tree varieties, such as peaches and pears, to provide a financial boost to Greenbelt growers, strengthen this key economic sector, and increase prosperity in the Niagara Region.

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Cheers to the Greenbelt Fund

I really love good news. 

In 2010, the Greenbelt Fund was created as a non-profit organization to help encourage the consumption of local food in and around the Greenbelt. Since its launch, the Fund has supported dozens of projects, increasing the amount of local food purchased across the province. With the Province’s support, the Greenbelt Fund has delivered results: for every $1 invested, we’ve seen a return of $13 worth of purchases of Ontario-grown food! That’s putting more local food on Ontarians’ plates that was previously imported.

Last week, the Province announced they would be providing $6 million over three years to continue the Fund’s work increasing sales of local food, making it more widely available and building awareness of the variety of food grown and produced in Ontario.

This is a big deal, and at the Greenbelt Fund, it’s a celebration.

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Tales from Niagara: Pickin’ Pumpkins at Howells Family Farm

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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 

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It’s a sunny autumn day in Niagara, and families are all smiles as they walk through the displays that lead to Howell Family Pumpkin Farm. Little do they know, they’re walking right past the spot where 40 years ago, they would have found a nine year old Jerry Howell on the side of the road with a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins. Early that spring, Jerry had convinced his parents to plant one row of pumpkins in a back field of what was then a pig and chicken farm. When he sold that wheelbarrow full for twenty eight dollars, an amount he described as a LOT of money in 1975, he asked his parents that next year, they plant two rows. The following years, he set out carved pumpkins on his front lawn and people started coming just to see the displays. When people asked for corn stalks and squash, he started growing it. When they asked if he gave tours or wagon rides, Jerry, who described himself as an “entrepreneurial” young man, added them. Forty years later, Howells is a Greenbelt gem, drawing tourists from Niagara and beyond.

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Why we do what we do: Community Garden Edition

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The end of the summer is upon us, which also foreshadows the end of the gardening season. Not to tout my own horn, but I’ve learned a few things about community gardening through overseeing the 2015 growing season of the Greenbelt Foundation's New Canadian Go Greenbelt grant. One of the grant's main purposes was to supply Chinese and South Asian crop seedlings to 14 low-income community gardens found throughout the Greater Toronto Area. 

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A harvest themed overnight cycling tour

Ag-Week-Blog---Kevin.jpgThe Greenbelt Route is now a reality — I've ridden it from end to end in both directions, and have found hundreds of ideas for how to explore this stunning near-urban landscape from the seat of my bicycle. There is so much on offer in Ontario’s Greenbelt at this time of year, and the cooler weather in spring and autumn make these shoulder seasons some of the most comfortable times of year to ride a bike. With the bulk of farm crops now coming off the fields, what better time of year for a bicycle farm market tour?

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Sucess Stories Showcase Entrepreneurship & Innovation of Greenbelt Farmers

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October 7, 2015 

SUCCESS STORIES SHOWCASE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION OF GREENBELT FARMERS

Greenbelt Foundation Celebrates Agriculture Week with Release of Farm Case Studies


The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. 

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Farmer Case Studies: Success Stories Showcase Entrepreneurship & Innovation of Greenbelt Farmers

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The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. 

Home to 5,500 farms, farmland makes up 43 per cent of the Greenbelt. Farmers in the Greenbelt grow higher value crops than most Ontario farms—with gross farm receipts per acre in the Golden Horseshoe nearly doubling the Ontario average ($1,756 compared to $939).

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Greenbelt Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Success

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The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt.

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Ontario’s Greenbelt on the world stage

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The Niagara Escarpment in the Greenbelt is a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The Bruce Peninsula, pictured here, serves as fish and wildlife habitat and is home to an abundance of rare and endangered species

Ontario’s Greenbelt is pretty popular. Whether you’re driving on the highway, cycling the Greenbelt Route, or out for a walk on the Bruce Trail, you’re bound to see one of our many signs. No matter who I meet, if they are unfamiliar with the Greenbelt, they’re often familiar with our signs. Considered a world leader at almost two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt.

This representation has put us on the global scale as a leading example in preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development. With greenbelts in England, Brazil, Germany, and Australia, Ontario’s stands out—and we will ensure it continues to. 

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