• "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."

  • "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."

  • Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree!


What Makes a Good Grant?


We're a lucky organization. 

We've got a talented research team and an effective communications crew.

But as our name tells we also give away money (the "extra lucky" part). The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has granted on average about $2.1 million a year since its inception. The Greenbelt Fund has granted over $6.3 million since it started in 2010. 


In the Greenbelt you can have your cake and eat it too!

From left front are Thaia Jones of the Sierra Club of Canada-Peel Region, Councillor Jim Tovey of Ward 1, Shelley Petrie, Program Director, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, John Kincaid, Deputy CAO and Director of Water Resource Management & Retoration, CVC, Erin Shapero, Co-ordinator, Ontario Greenbelt Alliance and Environmental Defence, along with other members of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Environmental Defence.

Last autumn I was given a chance to work as a canvasser in Burlington for the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Despite the common belief that canvassing is no fun, this gig turned out to be a really positive experience. More than 90% of the people I spoke with told me they support the Greenbelt! As I went door to door, I listened to people referencing all the good things that come from the Greenbelt; from clean air to fresh water, and from natural heritage to a robust local economy. I had a wonderful time making friends in the blustery fall weather, and getting to know Burlington, a truly vibrant community.


Totally Local Thai Carrot Soup


Minimal ingredients sometimes extract maximum flavour. It’s the middle of winter, so no doubt you locavores have had your fair share of carrots. But this fresh, creamy soup is a big leap from boiled carrots, and is sure you brighten your day while warming you up!

All of these ingredients can be found locally.


Greenbelting the CRFA Show

The Ontariofresh.ca team poses in front of their booth at the CRFA Show.Some of the Greenbelt Fund team at the Ontariofresh.ca booth in the Ontario Pavilion. From left to right: Franco Naccarato, Chloe Brown, Megan Hunter, and Andreea Nicoara.

On the first weekend of March, the nation’s largest tradeshow for restaurants and foodservice took place in Toronto. Hundreds of exhibitors gathered at the city’s Direct Energy Centre for the annual Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) Show, to offer their goods and services: stoves & fridges, wines & beers, uniforms & food, delivery services & cleaning products—you name it, it was there.


Celebrating the Greenbelt's Ninth Anniversary at Queen's Park

The 9th Anniversary celebration of the Greenbelt featured a local carrot cake.

Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in the Members' Guest Gallery at Queen's Park to listen to our Province's political parties comment on the Greenbelt in light of its ninth anniversary.


February 2014 Newsletter


Guess what the Greenbelt got for its birthday? 

This month's newsletter features:

  • Mississauga Votes to Expand Ontario’s Greenbelt 
  • Happy 9th Birthday, Greenbelt!
  • Greenbelt Olympics
  • Beer Belly: The Greenbelt's Bursting Beer Industry
  • Funding Food Forward: The Greenbelt Fund's Newest Grants
  • And more!



February 28, 2014



Celebrating 9 Years of Protected Landscape and
News of Expansion in Mississauga


Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, along with Mississauga City Council, Credit Valley Conservation, and a growing group of supporters, have come together today to show their support for growing Ontario’s Greenbelt.


Greenbelt Olympics

Image of Olympic Rings in Greenbelt brand colours.

A little take on the Olympics, Greenbelt style.

As the Olympics come to a close and the drama of competition moves onto the emotional returns home, I am thinking of my favourite winter sports. Hockey is up there, as are the ‘new’ acrobatic ski and snowboard events. The skill set required for the biathlon amazes me, while ski jumping always reminds me of "Eddie the Eagle".


Seedy Saturdays Across the Greenbelt


Tis the season of the Seedy Saturday! With spring looming on the minds of many, Seedy Saturdays are sprouting up throughout the Greenbelt. A great venue to purchase seeds, exchange ideas and knowledge, and learn from others about the craft of gardening, Seedy Saturdays grew out of a need for low-cost venues where local gardeners, seed companies, growers, and nurseries could simply learn from one another, share some of last season's well-earned seeds, and promote diversity.


Beer Belly: The Greenbelt's Bursting Beer Industry

Hop flower in a hop yard in the HallertauGermany. Source: Wikipedia, 2014.

The City of Toronto has been peppered with breweries for as long as it’s been called Toronto. Today, more than 150 years later, pubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and homes are overflowing with local indie craft brews more than ever. Craft implies a small, independent operation, using traditions to produce and deliver effervescent beer to tantalize your taste buds. With so many young entrepreneurs channeling their efforts to keep things small-scale and local, the choice and variety is vast.