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  • "Truth be told, I really like riding my bike. I like it so much that I have spent nearly a cumulative year of my life on cycling holidays, and in the first week of May I had the pleasure of adding one more feather to my cycling cap."

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  • "Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice—but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them."

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  • "A field guide is a well-known tool, a book, used to help identify things in the environment that may appear similar, but in actuality are quite diverse."

    -- Jenny Chan

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Ontario's secret climate change weapon: the Greenbelt

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Study finds Ontario Greenbelt's forests and wetlands store millions of tonnes of carbon: equivalent to annual emissions from 33-million cars

TORONTO - The David Suzuki Foundation released a study today that assesses the economic value of hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon absorbed and stored in the internationally renowned Ontario Greenbelt — a relatively unheralded carbon storehouse estimated to be worth more than $2.4 billion.

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Ontario Nature

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$10,000 - July 25, 2012
This funding will allow Ontario Nature to take the preliminary steps towards developing a best practice guide to natural heritage systems planning. Working with municipal planners and conservation groups towards its development, the guide will achieve successful natural heritage system planning in municipalities, creating strong natural connections between natural heritage features and systems protected in the Greenbelt and its surrounding area.
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Win Tickets to the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic with our Pinterest "Pin It To Win It" Contest (Rules & Regulations)

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Visit www.harvestpicnic.ca for details on the artists and activities. Check out photos from 2011’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on our Pinboard.

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Learn New Ways to Advance Urban Agriculture in Your Community

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Learn, network, train, tour… Summit programming is an action-oriented combination of workshops, panels, keynotes, tours, networking events and professional development opportunities.

Register now for the 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit, August 15 – 18 2012 in Toronto. The 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit will connect you with inspiring experts from across the spectrum of urban agriculture.

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Announcing: Dinner Belles and Lee Reed at the 2012 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic -- Vendor applications now being accepted.

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Dinner Belles and Lee Reed to Perform at 2012 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic

Call for Volunteers, Farmers, Visual Artists, Food and Craft Vendors

Saturday September 1, 2012 Gates at 11AM Christie Lake Conservation Area 1002 Highway #5 West Dundas, Ontario

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!

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Red Green to speak at the Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon

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St. Catharines, ON The Grape Growers of Ontario, in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are pleased to announce that Steve Smith, aka ‘Red Green,’ will be the speaker at the 2012 Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 61st Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 19th at 11:30 a.m.

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Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association

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$15,000 - June 21, 2012

This grant will support the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association to lay the groundwork towards a shared community conservation and stewardship plan that protects ecological integrity and promotes sustainable land use on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. They will collaborate with not-for-profits and governmental organizations involved in conservation efforts on the Bruce Peninsula to develop a strategic plan which will lead to more efficient preservation and protection of water resources and natural heritage systems.

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Waterfront Regeneration Trust

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$30,000 - June 21, 2012

Partnering with Transportation Options, this planning grant will support the initial stages of developing a 600km cycling route that traverses six Greenbelt regions from Northumberland to Niagara.  The Greenbelt Cycling Route will allow Ontarians to connect and explore the Greenbelt in a new way – by touring and exploring by bike. 

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Royal Botanical Gardens

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$65,000 - June 21, 2012

With this funding, the Royal Botanical Gardens will develop a management plan for the Burlington Heights Heritage Land, one of the six core natural areas within the Cootes to Escarpment Park System.  Burlington Heights is an environmentally significant area and a National Historic Site. 

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

commercialization-world-crops-ontarios-greenbelt.jpgCommercialization of World Crops in Ontario's Greenbelt
$85,000 - June 21, 2012 

This project will increase the production of ethno-cultural vegetables on Greenbelt farms and connect growers to markets.  Vineland will provide training and support for rural and peri-urban farmers in the Greenbelt to increase the production of Oriental and Indian eggplant, okra, Thai chili peppers and others.

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