Tales from Niagara: Painting the town green

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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 

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Despite the looming clouds, the Town of Pelham got a little bit brighter on Friday afternoon. I was on hand to participate in the Town of Pelham’s Paint the Pavement event, an event that the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation's Niagara region office helped organize. In recent years, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has been running a program in elementary schools throughout the Greenbelt that allows students to paint a Greenbelt-themed mural in their school under the instruction of art instructor Katherine Laco.

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Tales from York: A Q&A with Chef Cori

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Tales from York is a blog series focused on the people and places that make York's Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on York farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in York's Greenbelt. 

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If you’re on your way to the cottage or near the south shore of Lake Simcoe in Georgina at the northern end of the Greenbelt, you can find a great opportunity to experience local seasonal dishes expertly prepared at Cori’s Café.

The rustic cottage exterior hides a chic modern intimate café where chef Cori works her magic. She endeavours to use organic, local, seasonal foods as much as possible.

The cafe has won many awards since opening in 2013. It won the Small Business award in Excellence for Georgina and The Advocates Reader’s Choice for Best Salad and Best Deserts for both 2013 and 2014.  And, this year, Cori’s Café is the winner for York Region Excellence in Business for The Best Small Business in York Region!

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Tales from Durham: Get to know the Oak Ridges Moraine

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Tales from Durham is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Durham’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Durham farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Durham's Greenbelt. 

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On a sunny Wednesday in May I toured one of Canada’s most breathtaking and ecologically important landforms - the 195,000 hectare Oak Ridges Moraine.

My tour guides? Two Moraine experts - Cindy Sutch, Chairperson of Ontario’s Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM), and Councillor Heather Stauble, City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor and chairperson of Kawartha Conservation.

My generous guides led me through this Durham Region treasure; it was an eye opening experience.

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The Agricultural System: Components, Linkages, and Rationale

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It is well understood that it takes more than protecting the land base to ensure the long term viability of agriculture in the Greenbelt. Sustaining agriculture means sustaining the broader agriculture system. 

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation commissioned Dr. Wayne Caldwell to develop a more robust definition of agriculture system and its component parts. The Agricultural System: Components, Linkages, and Rationale, identifies what is necessary for a well-functioning agricultural system and a viable agricultural industry. It allows municipal staff and others who interact with agricultural communities to better understand how their work impacts the functioning of the entire system, in turn affecting individual farmers.

 

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May 2015 Newsletter

Read our May Newsletter

This month's Newsletter features

  • Local Food Week
  • A special edition Jane's Walk
  • A new report on local leadership
  • And More!
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Celebrating Local Food Week

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The first week of June marks the second annual Local Food Week and here at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation we're in full celebration mode. 

Created under the Local Food Act of 2013, Local Food Week is part of an overarching strategy to grow the province’s economy by making more delicious, fresh local food available to all Ontarians in markets, schools, hospitals, long-term care homes, grocery stores, and restaurants.

As champions of the almost 2 million acres of protected countryside that make up Ontario's Greenbelt, we're excited to be part of the Week's festivities. 

Throughout the week, we're going to be talking about, thanking, and celebrating the many growers, producers, and local food sellers that make Ontario's Greenbelt great. We'll be sharing our favourite Greenbelt farmers' markets, we'll be participating in the June 3 #LoveOntFood Twitter party, and we'll be keeping you in the loop about the many Local Food Weeks events and going-ons throughout the province. 

Whether you're actively involved in the sector or just want to learn more about the food you're eating and its journey from the farm to your plate, we'd love you to be part of the celebrations.

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Announcing our Greenbelt Route winners!

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Here's what one of our winners, Todd, had to say:

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Tales from York: It's farmers' market season

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Tales from York is a blog series focused on the people and places that make York's Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on York farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in York's Greenbelt. 

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Explore York Region's Farmers' Markets

Spring has sprung! Summer is near! The Bees are buzzing and fresh produce is here!

It's the time of year again for fresh Ontario Greenbelt produce. Visit to your local Farmers’ Market and browse the leafy greens while sipping on some cold lemonade. You can’t get more local than in York Region! Meet your neighbouring farmers from just a half hour away.

Hang out in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and snack on delicious treats. On the last Thursday of every month, come join the street party with all the vendors as Main Street shuts down for pedestrians between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Leave the kids at the art tent, and pamper yourself with some home-made all natural beauty products! Or stop by the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market in Richmond Hill to pick up some home-made jams and jelly made with berries straight from the farm. And remember, not all the markets are seasonal - the Village Organic Market at the Toronto Waldorf School is open year-round.

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Tales from Durham: it's farmers' market season

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Tales from Durham is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Durham’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Durham farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Durham's Greenbelt. 

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The Taste of a Greenbelt Farmers' Market in Durham 

The farmers' market season has begun!

I visited my first farmers' market of the year earlier this month  - it was brisk out, but it was worth it.

There weren't too many vendors out yet (many don't come out until June), but the selection was still bountiful.

One of the best features of Durham Region farmers’ markets is the diversity in selection - everything from fresh local vegetables, to homemade pies, to maple syrup.

I made sure to buy and try something from every vendor, as well as talk to everyone. From sharing tips on recipes, to growing your own, I always find the local farmers to be happily helpful.

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Halton

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Fall in love with Halton Region as you cycle along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment and onto the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine.  Soak in the rich history, as the Greenbelt Route carries you through the beautiful Town of Halton Hills, renowned for its rolling terrain.  There is plenty to see and do as you drop into the charming communities of Acton and Georgetown.  Be sure to pay a visit to the historic lime kilns in the community of Limehouse too.

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