• BIG NEWS: The Provincial Land Use Advisory Panel has released recommendations on the Greenbelt Plan!

    Find out what they said, why it's important, and how to get involved!


Ontario Farmers’ Markets Celebrate Buying Local with Free Market Bucks


June 2, 2014


Ontario Farmers’ Markets Celebrate Buying Local with Free Market Bucks

TD and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Support Ontario Markets

With the support of $25,000 from TD Bank Group, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will help connect TD’s loyal customers with their neighbourhood farmers’ market by giving away free Market Bucks to purchase fresh, local food for their family. Each Market Buck is redeemable for $5 worth of merchandise at select local markets.


May 2014 Newsletter

May 2014 Newsletter

Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (woo!), cycling our calves off, and a big thank you to the leaders in our conservation authorities.

This month's newsletter features:

  • Greenbelt Harvest Picnic Early Bird Tickets
  • Cycling the Greenbelt Route
  • Greenbelt Walks the Humber and Paddles the Don
  • Thank You To Our CA Leaders
  • And more... !

Cycling the Greenbelt Route

Kevin on his bike.

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.



Wednesday, May 28, 2014 


TORONTO, Ont. – Celebrate Ontario’s inaugural Local Food Week at the Brewers Plate on Wednesday, June 4, an indulgent evening featuring unlimited sampling of a menu inspired by partnerships between renowned local food chefs and Ontario Craft Brewers. Now in its seventh year, this charitable event has been established as a memorable toast and thank you to the province’s brewers and farmers.


What's in a Label?

What's in a Label? cover image

Recently, the Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network got together to publish a guide on food labelling. The result is an informative print brochure that breaks down all the language that typically floods food talk.


Tweet Your Love of the Ravines


On May 26, 2014, we will be hosting a Tweetup to build support for our #LoveTheRavines campaign. Urban planners, community activists, environmentalists, and the public will come together for a discussion on the future of Toronto's ravines.

Sounds interesting... What is the #LoveTheRavines campaign?

In September 2013, with partners including Environmental Defence, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Dot Dot Dash, and Patagonia, we launched Love the Ravines, a social media campaign aimed at getting Toronto in love with the city's unique and internationally-renowned ravines. Although many people walk, bike, drive or TTC through and over the ravines every day, few of us are aware of what they do for the city, or that they face a number of challenges.


Loving the Ravines: Greenbelt Walks the Humber and Paddles the Don


On Saturday May 3, 2014, Greenbelt staff and partners from TRCA, Humber Watershed Alliance, and the Weston Historical Society led a Jane’s Walk along the Humber River. Despite the dreary weather (or fitting depending on how you look at it; the topic was about the history of flooding and the future of planning in urban river valleys in a changing climate), more than 30 keen souls showed up for the walk. 


Fry Time: Potatoes from Ontario's Last Harvest

Potatoes_Up_Close_in_Wood_Baskets.jpgFry time is upon us.

If there is ever a time to indulge in some crispy, golden fries, now is the time. The remaining potatoes from last season’s harvest are now Ontario’s finest frying potatoes. After a fall harvest, potatoes are kept in cool, dark environments. This extends their life and slows down the reaction that breaks down potato starch into sugar. After a long winter, the potatoes are reaching the end of their edible stage and have the highest sugar content of the season. When these potatoes are “punched” (through a fry press) into spears, then plunged into 350F vegetable oil, those sugars go to work. They caramelize and give the fluffy interior of the fry a golden shell, almost alike to the top of a creme brulée. 


My Canadian Life Experience as a New Immigrant

Becky poses with her two sons.

On March 6, 2012 I arrived in Canada with my two boys, who were 10 and 5 years old at the time, from Botswana (which is located in the southern part of Africa). In September 2012, I started taking ESL to keep myself busy when my boys were at school, and, only a few months later, in January 2013, I started the six-month Job Preparation for International Trained Accountant and Bookkeepers program with Skills for Change, an employment services development and training organization. I finished my classes in May 2013 and was soon given a placement with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation for five weeks as an Account Assistant.


Thank You to the Leaders at Our Conservation Authorities


Conservation Authorities are an unusual creation. In 1954, Hurricane Hazel wrecked unexpected havoc in Ontario­, washing out streets, bridges, homes, and trailers. Conservation Authorities, legislated in 1946, quickly rose in importance shortly after to avoid similar damage.

While each Authority is localized to the needs of its watershed, they all do excellent work around flood control, water quality, wetlands preservation, and fish and wildlife habitat.