September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter

Read our September Newsletter and find out how to make the most of the Greenbelt this fall. 

This month's newsletter includes:

  • A list of Agriculture Week events
  • New self-guided hikes throughout the Greenbelt 
  • Tips for finding all the ingredients for a delicious Greenbelt Thanksgiving
  • And More!
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A team of possibilities

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There’s something motivating about a team of people working together towards a common future. At our annual retreat, staff came together for team-building, agenda-setting, and collaborative learning.  

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How to take a better photo in the Greenbelt

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The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are holding a photography contest to celebrate the people of Ontario’s Greenbelt.

We've already received a ton of great photos - and it's not too late to submit your own! I'm an avid photographer myself and recently took my family to Pioneer Village where I practiced a few of the tips I’ve gotten for taking a great photo.  They’ve help me so much that I wanted to share them with you. 

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A leader of the Niagara Escarpment

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Lyn MacMillan’s favourite landscape, the Niagara Escarpment. 

The world needs more Lyns. 

Lyn MacMillan recently passed away at 94 years old. A renowned environmentalist, she was a tenacious fighter for protection of the Niagara Escarpment. After moving to Canada from England when she was young, she was consistently involved in environmental efforts protecting the Escarpment from development.

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Building a resilient tender fruit industry in Ontario

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 pdf-icon.png Building a resilient tender fruit industry in Ontario 

The Ontario Tender Fruit Lab (a project of MaRS Solutions Lab and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience) convened 35 participants at a series of three workshops in the Niagara region to discuss the future of Ontario's tender fruit industry.

As a supporter and participant in this process, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation staff worked with other stakeholder participants to strategize the best ways to bring about change in the Ontario tender fruit industry within the entire value network.

The resulting report, Building a Resilient Tender Fruit Industry outlines the shared strategy and interventions that emerged from the three workshops. Have a look to see what the future of tender fruit in Ontario could look like and read about the interventions are already being made by networks of local food champions!

 

 

 

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Job Posting: Grant Specialist - Greenbelt Fund

Position: Grants Officer – Greenbelt Fund 
Job ID #150301

Location: 
Toronto or Milton, Ontario

The Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization, supports and enhances the viability, integrity, and sustainability of agriculture in Ontario and Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The Fund delivers support to farmers and local food leaders to ensure more of the good things that grow in Ontario are being served and distributed through our public institutions, retail, and foodservice markets. Helping to overcome challenges and support economic growth, the Fund’s goal is to create systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food consumed in the province through grants, education, policy, and networking initiatives.

As the Grant Specialist, you will work closely with the Greenbelt Fund Program Manager and other staff to execute multiple grant rounds, track and report on results, and contribute to other Fund programming. Responsibilities will include proactive outreach to stakeholders, grant management including claims review and performance monitoring, report writing, and making presentations.

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Georgina Harvest Dinner

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Georgina Harvest Dinner
$2,000 (1 year)
ontarioculinary.com

The Georgina Harvest Dinner brings the community together to celebrate abundance in the Greenbelt by sharing locally grown meals. Guests will discover what regional farmers are growing in our own backyard, while supporting local farmers and businesses. Our funding goes towards sourcing and purchasing food from Greenbelt farmers. 

 

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Toronto Environmental Alliance

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Toronto Environmental Alliance
$65,000  (1 year)
torontoenvironment.org

The project continues Toronto Environmental Alliance’s (TEA) work to include Toronto’s urban river valleys in the Greenbelt. TEA will use the opportunities created by the City of Toronto’s Ravine Strategy, and the 2015 Review of the Greenbelt Plan, to build support for protecting and enhancing the urban river valleys along their full length. TEA will engage its membership in the second round of public consultations for the 2015 Review and continue playing a leadership role in the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance

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Sierra Club Canada Foundation

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Sierra Club Canada Foundation
$65,000  (1 year)
ontario.sierraclub.ca

The project continues Sierra Club’s work to grow the Greenbelt into urban river valleys and headwater areas in Peel, Durham and Niagara Regions. Sierra Club will work through its local chapters to build grassroots and municipal support for growing the Greenbelt. The organization will also mobilize its members to participate in the 2015 Review and continue to play a leadership role in the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.

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Ontario Farmland Trust

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Ontario Farmland Trust
$20,000 (1 year)
ontariofarmlandtrust.ca

The project supports local agriculture within the Greenbelt by improving access to publicly-held farmland for new farmers. Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) will work with land trust partners, Ontario Heritage Trust and Bruce Trail Conservancy, to conduct a pilot study in the Greenbelt researching the feasibility and financial sustainability of different models to improve access to publicly-held farmland.

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