Top 11 Greenbelt stories to look forward to in the years ahead!

February 28, 2016 marks 11 years since the Greenbelt Act established the largest greenbelt in the world. 

A lot has happened since, and at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation we’re fortunate to be a part of it. 

The tireless efforts of our friends, partners, and grantees over the last 11 years have shown Ontarians that the Greenbelt is one of the most important contributions to the future of the province and has ensured that the Greenbelt is a great place to live, work, play and grow. 

And here’s the best part – after 11 great years, there’s still more to come!

In honour of 11 years of the Greenbelt, here are the top 11 things we’re looking forward to in the years ahead. 

  1. A greener, more robust Greenbelt
  2. An opportunity to grow our Greenbelt 
  3. An 110-km Credit Valley Trail
  4. More varieties of Tender Fruit
  5. More Cycling Infrastructure
  6. A growing local food sector
  7. Improving the Greenbelt’s ecological health
  8. Preparing for climate change
  9. Partnerships and knowledge-sharing with Ontario’s planners
  10. Leveraging green infrastructure and natural capital in Ontario’s Greenbelt
  11. The voices and innovation of Greenbelt youth 

Farmers' Market: Tracking Market Farmer and Vendor Performance 2009-2015


 pdf-icon.pngFarmers' Market: Tracking Market Farmer and Vendor Performance 2009-2015
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In 2015, the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network (GBFMN) collaborated with Informa Market Research, visiting 30 network markets and interviewing 82 farmers, as well as 26 other market vendors. Results were compared with GBFMN’s 2009 survey to learn about growth and change in the sector. This study is intended to assist farmers’ market vendors and organizers, and inspire the interest and support of market shoppers and funders.


Celebrating 11 years of Haiku


The Greenbelt turns 11 on February 28, 2016!

To celebrate we're sharing Haikus all about what makes the Greenbelt great.

Submit your own to join the fun! 

To say "Thank you" and help you celebrate 11 year of the Greenbelt, we'll send you a free Greenbelt T-shirt for your efforts!

Join the fun on our Facebook Haiku Portal!

Don't have Facebook? Click here to submit your Haiku on


What's a Haiku?

Based on the Japanese model, an English Haiku, at its most basic, is a three-line poem that follows a very distinct syllable patter; line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables.

Haikus are often used to evoke fleeting moments or observations about our natural world. They generally don't rhyme and use little punctuation.


Environmentalists go head to head on gridlock


If you like a little fight, you might really love a Sprawl Brawl. The event, held on February 18th in Toronto by Environmental Defence, is a lively discussion that questions: What’s the cure for gridlock in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)? 


We're Hiring!


We're hiring! 

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is looking to fill two positions on our communications team.

If you're looking to work with a great team for a good cause, this might just be the career move for you! 


Job Posting: Communications Manager

Job Posting: Communications Manager 
Job ID #38905
Application Deadline: February 22, 2016, 5pm

Are media relations, writing, and event planning the three things you need to help create your dream job? Are you driven to support meaningful causes and taking a leadership role when it comes to driving content? Does executing that perfect media hit shoot a fantastic burst of adrenalin through your veins? If so, then joining the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund as our Communications Manager will give you just that and more.


Applications Open for Tender Fruit Tree Planting Program

February 9, 2016


Application Deadline for Niagara Region Growers is March 31, 2016

Applications are now being received for the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Ontario Tender Fruit Growers’ pilot project to plant up to 130,000 tender fruit trees, such as peaches and pears, to provide a financial boost to Greenbelt growers, strengthen this key economic sector, and increase prosperity in the Niagara Region.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Growers can access the guides and application forms at (click on the “Growers” button located at the top right) and the Tender Fruit Growers will also have a booth at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention on February 17 and 18, 2016, in Niagara Falls. 

Successful applicants will receive an estimated 25 per cent cost-share per tender fruit tree. Planting will take place this spring and fall, with the tender fruit varieties available to consumers in grocery stores, farmers’ markets, on-farm markets, and restaurants as soon as summer 2019. After three to four years, the harvest from 500 acres of tender fruit trees will provide an injection of about $4 million into Ontario’s economy. 


Job Posting: Designer & Program Coordinator

Job Posting: Designer & Program Coordinator
Job ID #27230
Application Deadline:  February 18, 2016, 5pm

Is great design and visual communications for a good cause your dream job?  Are you passionate about the environment, and a good typeface? Are you good at carrying out long-term strategies and projects? Can you create compelling and beautiful maps that tell a story? If so, then joining the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation as our Designer & Program Coordinator is the right career move for you! 


January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

Read our January Newsletter and get the inside scoop on the Greenbelt Review

This month's newsletter includes:

  • The audio recording of our Telephone Town Hall
  • Free-standing PDF case studies on successful Greenbelt farms
  • Tips on eating local all winter long

And More!


Growing Our Greenbelt: Lake Gibson & Twelve Mile Creek



Growing our Greenbelt is a blog series focusing on "areas of critical ecological and hydrological significance" recently flagged by more than 100 environmental and community group as requiring Greenbelt protection. Over the next several months, we'll be highlighting the headwaters, ground water recharge areas, surface water features and urban river valleys that, if added to the Greenbelt Plan, would be part of protected and connected clean water system. 

Want to see your Greenbelt grow? Follow our series and use #GrowOurGB on social media to join the movement!


Exciting news Niagarans!

More than 100 community and environmental groups are calling for Niagara’s Lake Gibson and Twelve Mile Creek to be added to Greenbelt Protection. 

It’s all part of a recently released plan that calls for a 1.5 million acre Greenbelt expansion into Ontario's sensitive water systems. (Find out more about the proposal here).  

In Niagara, we’re lucky to be surrounded by what seems to be a never ending supply of fresh water – but it’s how we take care of it that matters.  

And there are lots of reasons we should make the protection of Lake Gibson and the Twelve Mile Creek a top priority – here are just a few.


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