A few weeks ago I travelled through the countryside to Harriston, Ontario to visit my friend Jenny Cooke’s organic farm, which really, is a farm within a farm. Knuckle Down Organics has about an acre on her friend Caitlin Hall’s 70 acre farm, Reroot Organic. This is Jenny’s first year with a CSA and so far, so good. Jenny told me that it has been a lot of work but, very rewarding and her CSA has been quite successful.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2012
Statement from Burkhard Mausberg on the resignation of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
Today, Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation released the following statement on the resignation of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty:
I am fortunate to work with a great team of people at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. On Wednesday, October 10th we held a World Crops potluck lunch which turned out to be a great success!
Trees. Vegetables. Hockey Players. These are just three of the many things that grow in Ontario’s Greenbelt.
On Friday October 12th, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is hosting Greenbelt Day at the GM Centre as hometown favourites, the Oshawa Generals take on the Barrie Colts.
Small Change Making a Big Difference: One-of-a-kind Program Brings New Products to a Farmers’ Market Near You
This harvest season there’s even more to celebrate with new products available at farmers’ markets in and around Ontario’s Greenbelt.
With support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, more than $44,000 in small-scale or ‘microgrants’ are being provided to 68 farmers, helping them meet customers’ demands to bring more local food to their plates.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is proud to congratulate Phil Short of Vortex Packaging who won the ‘Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation’ and Victory Organic Inc. who won a ‘Leaders in Innovation Award’. Both awards were handed out at the Ontario Legislature as part of the Ontario Premier’s Annual Agri-Food Summit.
September 15th marked the 5th annual Tour de Greenbelt. This year, cyclists, runners and hikers set out on marked routes throughout Rouge Park and the surrounding Greenbelt countryside.
Farmers’ market customers are looking for more value added and prepared foods, preserves, more variety, and more early spring and late fall produce. This information led us to pilot the New Products Program 2012, a microgrants initiative for farmers to invest in new crops and new products.
The program has been a great success so far, striking a chord with farmers in and around the Greenbelt. The grants offered small amounts of funding which gave farmers the incentive or “added-push” to bring new, innovative products to farmers markets. Feedback from these small-scale farmers has been incredibly positive, as they have expressed their appreciation for the Greenbelt Foundation’s financial and moral support.
Funding is provided to the Greenbelt Fund to establish a regional food hub pilot for the Greater Toronto Area in order to meet consumer demand for local food. The hub will open the door for small and mid-scale farmers, and those with differentiated products, to gain access to the marketplace where the majority of food spending occurs. This project confirms partnerships and develops an implementation plan to carry out the pilot.
The purpose of this study is to estimate the economic value of the ecosystem services and benefits provided by various types of ecosystem and land uses found within the region.