• BIG NEWS: The Provincial Land Use Advisory Panel has released recommendations on the Greenbelt Plan!

    Find out what they said, why it's important, and how to get involved!


The Next Generation of Farmers’ Markets

Agriculture in Norfolk County, Ontario.

Many people think of farmers as the average white male in his 50s, inheriting the farm from generations of family tradition on hundreds of acres of land. While this may be the case for most farmers and is indeed becoming a demographic challenge, a new trend of first generation farmers is growing. For some, entering the business is popular, especially when involved with farmers’ markets.


Celebrating Canada's Parks Day


Having grown up with a cottage in Kawartha Lakes, my family and I have passed Balsam Lake Provincial Park countless times. From observing and interacting with wildlife, swimming in the freshwater lakes, and pit stops for the occasional fresh strawberries and corn on the cob, my life has been filled with the advantages that our parks provide; advantages that I'm reminded of each day.


Farmers' Markets and the Community

Farmers' markets showcase fresh fruit and vegetables along with beautiful displays.

Farmers’ markets not only provide local food, they also bring communities together. As both a foodie attraction and social function, markets attract neighbours, musicians, farmers, and entertainers, encouraging and growing the most fresh and delicious food our province has to offer. 


June 2014 Newsletter

June 2014 Newsletter

A warm, summer's month in review. 

This month's newsletter features:

  • Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt: "Grow the Greenbelt, Make a Foodbelt!"
  • John Holland donates a gem to the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System
  • What are our Local Food Challengers up to?
  • And more... !

Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary: Wealth of the Greenbelt

John Holland speaking at the Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary opening. Credit: Conservation Halton/NFinney.

On May 30, 2014, approximately 70 Burlington residents and local politicians gathered to honour John Holland, a local businessman, at the unveiling of a new nature sanctuary in West Burlington.

The Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary, a beautiful and largely untouched 37-acre property, was donated by the Holland family to the City of Burlington. It now becomes a jewel in the crown that is the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, as an area of national significance for plants and animals within the Greenbelt, and as one of the last unspoiled spots left between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment.


Students Connect Ravine Biology and Urban Development with Paint

Susan and I joined the student artists at Bruce Junior Public School along with artist Katherine Laco, Ranger Aidan, and Helen Mills.

The health of Toronto's urban environment is inextricably connected to its surrounding landscape. About forty significant rivers and streams flow south from their headwaters in the Oak Ridges Moraine, serving as wildlife corridors for plants and animals. I like to think of these river corridors as the arteries of the landscape, providing fresh air and clean water, and pumping life into every corner of the Greenbelt.


Durham – An amazing part of the Greenbelt

Agriculture in Durham region.

The natural landscape of Durham invites you to explore the spectacular lake views and walk in its beautiful conservation areas. Whether the Ganaraska Forest or the Rouge Park, you are surrounded by nature that invites you to enjoy the outdoors. But Durham is more than just a spectacular landscape.  


Job Posting: Research and Policy Assistant

Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected green space, farmland and vibrant communities. It surrounds the Golden Horseshoe, and is vital to the quality of life in southern Ontario. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, focused on supporting activities that preserve and enhance the agricultural, rural and environmental integrity of Ontario’s Greenbelt.


Greenbelt Grows into Niagara! Job Opening: Director for the Niagara Office

Seeking a Director for Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation office in Niagara.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food.  At 1.8 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation supports work to protect and restore our natural environment, strengthen the agricultural sector, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.


Market Bucks: A Short Briefer

Friends of the Greenbelt Market Bucks
One of our own market bucks! Buk buk buk buk...

I always anticipate the arrival of spring since I cannot wait for farmers’ markets to open. I love exploring what farmers’ markets have to offer and then cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Farmers’ markets provide an opportunity to enjoy the bounty of the region and to get to know the people who grow our food. They are also a way to support the local economy and to reduce the carbon footprint of our food by reducing the distance it has to travel. And the best news is that more and more farmers’ markets are cropping up, which makes it easier for us to buy local food even closer to home.