• "The purpose of our excursion: to prowl for owls in the nighttime darkness of this urban woodland with our knowledgeable guide, Chris Bialek (a.k.a Snapper) to catch a glimpse of these mythical birds."

    -- Karen May

  • "I am grateful for the support the Greenbelt receives from all parties and thank each MPP for their continued commitment to the environment, the economy, and local food and farming."

    -- Burkhard Mausberg


Greenbelt Farmers' Markets featured in the National Post


Field Trip: A Growers' Market 

October 12th 2011 
National Post

We’re Jesse and Melanie, and Field Trip is a series from our blog Crackers which documents our quest to stay out of the supermarket.


It’s Been a Great Season for World Crops!

Thanks to great collaboration between the Stop Community Food Centre,Vineland Research and Innovation CentreOntario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association and the Foundation, Greenbelt-grown world crops have increasingly gained recognition around the region.

For those of you unfamiliar with the World Crops project, here’s a little background on why these delicious vegetables are so important to Ontario…


Many foods from around the world can be grown here in Ontario. By helping local farmers tap into the expanding niche market of crops favoured by GTA immigrants, we can help make farming in the Greenbelt and Ontario more viable. Considering the fact that half of Torontonians were born outside of Canada, it comes as no surprise that the GTA has a 61 million dollar market for ethno-cultural vegetables among Chinese, South Asian, and Afro-Caribbean communities. An analysis of the expenditure on ethnic vegetables by the three largest ethnic groups in the GTA reported the demand per month at $21 million, $7 million, and $33 million for Chinese, Afro-Caribbeans, and South-Asians respectively. Ethno-cultural communities as well as other lovers of world crops will find comfort in learning about the great potential for growing these crops close to home.

To help increase the profile of world crops several incredible events were held over the past few months. Here’s just a taste of what has gone on…

In August, Access Alliance on the Danforth hosted a Garden Party celebrating the harvest of their green roof’s inaugural year. The garden boasted potential for culinary delights as diverse as the community it serves. Okra, amaranth (a.k.a. callaloo), hot peppers, tomatillos, yard-long beans, and Asian eggplants offered up locally grown flavours of the world. The AccessPoint Green Roof received many of these plants thanks to their connection to the World Crops Project.


Why Buy Local? As published in Ming Pao: Toronto's Chinese Speaking Newspaper


To help more people understand and access Ontario's agricultural products, a series of articles were published in community newspapers across the GTA.  



The Living Greenbelt


pdf-icon.pngThe Living Greenbelt – 2.73 MB

In 2005, the Province established the Greenbelt as a legacy for generations of Ontarians to come. Adding more than 1 million acres of farmland and environmentally sensitive lands to the already protected Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve and the Oak Ridges Moraine, the 1.8 million acre Greenbelt is intended to support multiple objectives including: (i) sustaining and nurturing the agricultural sector; (ii) protecting natural heritage systems; (iii) providing cultural, recreational and tourism opportunities; (iv) supporting viable rural communities; and, (v) ensuring sustainable infrastructure and natural resource practices. This report provides an overview of what is being done by the provincial and municipal governments to advance these objectives.


New Grant Deadlines - All applicants please review


The following changes were made to accommodate a series of consultations that the Foundation is hosting with Greenbelt stakeholders to seek input on our current goals and strategies. <--break->


As Published in the Correo Canadiense: Ontario's Spanish Speaking Newspaper


To reach out to a broader range of communities and invite more people to understand the Greenbelt, we are working with some cultural newspapers to spread the Greenbelt stories in different languages. Attached is an article on Ontario's Local Food Champions, published in the Correo Canadiense. 


Can you Champion these Champions?


As the 2012 Ontario Local Food Champions nomination deadline approaches on October 31st, lets review some of last years Champions.<--break-><--break->

Increasingly, Ontarians are discovering the benefits of fresh, local food for our health, economy and environment. Ontario’s once grassroots local food movement is becoming a bigger world reality in settings like hospitals, long term care homes, schools, universities and child care centres.


Can you Champion these Champions?

Increasingly, Ontarians are discovering the benefits of fresh, local food for our health, economy and environment. Ontario’s once grassroots local food movement is becoming a bigger world reality in settings like hospitals, long term care homes, schools, universities and child care centres.


Champions are making tasty local breakfasts a reality


Enjoying the changing colours at Evergreen Brick Works

Taking full advantage of the gorgeous fall weather on Thanksgiving weekend I decided to take a trip to Evergreen Brick Works. I’ve been there in the past for various events and to visit my juicing friends from Sunshine at the farmers’ market, but had never really walked around the buildings and through the trails. We are truly fortunate to have this vast green space right in the city.

Having just missed the farmers’ market my boyfriend and I decided to take a seat at Café Belong for lunch. To our surprise, our friend and Chef at the Café Dan DeMatteis, was working. I had the barley bowl served with local Swiss chard and wild mushrooms and my boyfriend had the pork (shown below). Both dishes were local, hearty and delicious. We were even treated with a Monforte cheesecake for dessert.



URBAN SPRAWL: What are the real costs?


This story explores the costs of urban sprawl to Ontario and Ontarians - from obesity to isolation to health risks, many are not living the dream of being in a rural community.