• "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."

  • "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."

  • "A field guide is a well-known tool, a book, used to help identify things in the environment that may appear similar, but in actuality are quite diverse."

    -- Jenny Chan


How are you Green? Let me count the ways


The colour green has long been synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. From green leprechauns and lucky clovers, to delicious green beer. However for me, the colour green has a different meaning entirely.


Happy International Women's Day!


With a predominantly female staff, the Foundation celebrates bright successful women today.


Maple syrup, let’s dance.


In light of the maple syrup season coming early for parts of Ontario, I thought I’d also get a jump start on my maple syrup activities (I looked into the implications of an early maple syrup season, as I didn’t want to be delighting over someone else’s, i.e. the maple syrup producer's, misfortune. Apparently while this isn’t the norm, an early season has happened in the past, about 20 years ago.) 


Ontario's Greenbelt Celebrates its Seventh Anniversary


(Toronto, Ontario) – Today is the anniversary of one of Ontario’s most important resources, the Greenbelt. To celebrate the event, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation invited supporters to congregate at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto and enjoy their lunch outdoors. As the largest urban centre near the Greenbelt, Torontonians can be thankful for many of the services the Greenbelt provides including local food, clean water and millions of acres of recreational space. Hundreds of Greenbelt-grown apples donated by Algoma Orchards were distributed to those who came out for the occasion.


Farmers Feed Cities and Kids Learn to Cook


For Family Day, I took my two youngest daughters to a cooking class held at the terrific Petit Chefs Academy. This particular event was put on by Farmers Feed Cities, a campaign organized by a coalition of farm organizations commited to ensuring a thriving and sustainable farm industry in Ontario.


Ontario's Local Food Champions 2012



pdf-icon.pngOntario's Local Food Champions Report (en) – 3.73 MB

pdf-icon.pngOntario's Local Food Champions Report (fr) – 3.71 MB

This year’s Ontario’s Local Food Champions represent the dynamic changes happening across foodservice. Here are the highlights:


Ontario’s Local Food Champions Report Recognizes Innovative Leaders


(Toronto, Ontario) – The growth of Ontario food in our public institutions is inspiring. Today we celebrate those who change the food on plates in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and educational institutions. The Ontario’s Local Food Champions report recognizes five organizations from across the food value chains that exemplify leadership and provide solutions to incorporate more Ontario food on their menus.


Alternatives Journal

Publication of Greenbelt StoriesPublication of Greenbelt Stories
$12,000 - February 16, 2012

This funding will help increase public awareness of the Greenbelt and its economic, environmental and social benefits.  Through a series of six articles over three years, key research regarding the Greenbelt and the values associated with it will be shared. 


Romancing in the Greenbelt


Ontario's Greenbelt stretches across 1.8 million acres and offers many options for romantic getaways. From enchanting winery experiences along the Niagara Escarpment, to the exploration of Rouge Park in Markham, one can find the romance in the nature all around the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. It is all about the birds and the bees after all, isn't it?  


Mush! Slush! The 8th Annual Cannington Dog Sled Races & Winter Festival


Left: Carla Balabanowicz, Communications Coordinator, Bronwyn Whyte, Grants Officer 

I have to admit I was sad when I heard the actual races were cancelled. I even contemplated not going -- but Carla reminded me that there would still be lots to do, and urged me to come. Thank goodness for Carla, because Cannington was hopping that Saturday morning.