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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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  • "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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Local Food Challenge: Carleton University Shows Off All Ottawa Has to Offer

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Think about Ottawa for a second. As a Canadian, what probably comes to mind are the iconic images of Parliament Hill, skating on the Rideau Canal, and the ubiquitous Grade 8 class trip.

What about agriculture? Did you know that the City of Ottawa is comprised of over 90 per cent of rural lands, and according to Statistics Canada, home to 1128 farms! This was just some of what we learned about Ottawa’s vibrant network of growers and producers when I visited Carleton University and joined their chefs and students for a tour of the farms and fields of Ottawa.

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MaRs Discovery District

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Social Innovation Lab - model of food system change
$10,000 (9 months)

The project hosts a Social Innovation Lab on food innovation, safety and security to determine the needed conditions for small-scale producers, processors and retailers to enter the food system and scale up.

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Queen’s Park Plate Celebrates the Bounty of Ontario’s Greenbelt

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On November 5, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation hosted the fifth annual Queen’s Park Plate. Presented by the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the night was a delicious showcase of local food and talent, fresh from Ontario’s Greenbelt.

 

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QUEEN’S PARK PLATE SHOWCASES LOCAL FOOD & CULINARY SKILLS

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November 5, 2013

 

QUEEN’S PARK PLATE SHOWCASES LOCAL FOOD & CULINARY SKILLS

Event Highlights Greenbelt’s Agricultural Value

 

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation along with the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, hosts the fourth Queen’s Park Plate tonight. This unique event pays tribute to the local talent—and local food—grown and nurtured in Ontario’s Greenbelt.

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INNOVATIVE PROJECT CONNECTS RURAL LANDOWNERS THROUGH ONLINE COMMUNITY

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October 31, 2013 

 

INNOVATIVE PROJECT CONNECTS RURAL LANDOWNERS THROUGH ONLINE COMMUNITY

Credit Valley Conservation Builds Networking Site to Increase Awareness of Environmental Stewardship

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to create the Countryside Stewardship Network. Launching in the summer of 2014, this interactive online tool will facilitate dialogue among rural landowners, leading to greater environmental stewardship in the Credit River Watershed.

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St Michael’s Hospital Provides a "Market" for Local Food

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When you think of a farmers’ market you might picture a mix of tents and tables in the centre of town, with farmers busy setting up their stalls in the predawn hours of a Saturday morning. Or perhaps you might envision a big historical building like Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market, filled with vendors who have been there for years.

But what if you could buy fresh, local Ontario food at the hospital?

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Toronto Botanical Garden

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$15,000 (6 months)

The projects showcases new world vegetables varieties being tested by Niagara’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and commercially grown by Greenbelt farmers. An edible garden featuring okra, Chinese long eggplant, yard long beans, Jamaican callalo and other vegetables will be on display. Visitors are given seed packets to try the new crops at home.

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Take a Tour of Country Heritage Park

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Next time you go to Milton, check out Country Heritage Park. It’s just a couple of kilometers west of the Highway 25 exit along the 401.

The Country Heritage Park, formerly the Ontario Agricultural Museum, is home to many important historical artifacts that represent Ontario’s rural history including the country’s largest collection of tractors. Each year, they host the Antique Tractor and Toy show; this past show included a 1930s David Brown tractor, which was a hit for tractor enthusiasts!

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The Local Food Act: Finally Getting Off the Ground

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The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has been supporting the viability of our farms by increasing market access and economic opportunities for our farmers. We believe the proposed Local Food Act is sound policy and that’s why similar legislation is sprouting up all over the world. So we’re pleased that the Tories and Liberals have agreed to fast-track the legislation at Queen’s Park.

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RED TAPE A BARRIER TO FARMERS GROWING THEIR BUSINESS

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 October 10, 2013

RED TAPE A BARRIER TO FARMERS GROWING THEIR BUSINESS

Greenbelt Foundation Looks to Address Barriers, Strengthen Farm Viability With Latest Study

Today the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation released a study on the challenges and opportunities of farming as part of the Foundation’s commitment to strengthening farm viability and increasing market access.

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