Why we do what we do: Community Garden Edition

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The end of the summer is upon us, which also foreshadows the end of the gardening season. Not to tout my own horn, but I’ve learned a few things about community gardening through overseeing the 2015 growing season of the Greenbelt Foundation's New Canadian Go Greenbelt grant. One of the grant's main purposes was to supply Chinese and South Asian crop seedlings to 14 low-income community gardens found throughout the Greater Toronto Area. 

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A harvest themed overnight cycling tour

Ag-Week-Blog---Kevin.jpgThe Greenbelt Route is now a reality — I've ridden it from end to end in both directions, and have found hundreds of ideas for how to explore this stunning near-urban landscape from the seat of my bicycle. There is so much on offer in Ontario’s Greenbelt at this time of year, and the cooler weather in spring and autumn make these shoulder seasons some of the most comfortable times of year to ride a bike. With the bulk of farm crops now coming off the fields, what better time of year for a bicycle farm market tour?

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Greenbelt Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Success

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The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt.

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Farmer Case Studies: Success Stories Showcase Entrepreneurship & Innovation of Greenbelt Farmers

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The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. 

Home to 5,500 farms, farmland makes up 43 per cent of the Greenbelt. Farmers in the Greenbelt grow higher value crops than most Ontario farms—with gross farm receipts per acre in the Golden Horseshoe nearly doubling the Ontario average ($1,756 compared to $939).

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Sucess Stories Showcase Entrepreneurship & Innovation of Greenbelt Farmers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2015 

SUCCESS STORIES SHOWCASE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION OF GREENBELT FARMERS

Greenbelt Foundation Celebrates Agriculture Week with Release of Farm Case Studies


The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. 

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Ontario’s Greenbelt on the world stage

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The Niagara Escarpment in the Greenbelt is a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The Bruce Peninsula, pictured here, serves as fish and wildlife habitat and is home to an abundance of rare and endangered species

Ontario’s Greenbelt is pretty popular. Whether you’re driving on the highway, cycling the Greenbelt Route, or out for a walk on the Bruce Trail, you’re bound to see one of our many signs. No matter who I meet, if they are unfamiliar with the Greenbelt, they’re often familiar with our signs. Considered a world leader at almost two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt.

This representation has put us on the global scale as a leading example in preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development. With greenbelts in England, Brazil, Germany, and Australia, Ontario’s stands out—and we will ensure it continues to. 

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September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter

Read our September Newsletter and find out how to make the most of the Greenbelt this fall. 

This month's newsletter includes:

  • A list of Agriculture Week events
  • New self-guided hikes throughout the Greenbelt 
  • Tips for finding all the ingredients for a delicious Greenbelt Thanksgiving
  • And More!
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A team of possibilities

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There’s something motivating about a team of people working together towards a common future. At our annual retreat, staff came together for team-building, agenda-setting, and collaborative learning.  

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How to take a better photo in the Greenbelt

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The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are holding a photography contest to celebrate the people of Ontario’s Greenbelt.

We've already received a ton of great photos - and it's not too late to submit your own! I'm an avid photographer myself and recently took my family to Pioneer Village where I practiced a few of the tips I’ve gotten for taking a great photo.  They’ve help me so much that I wanted to share them with you. 

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A leader of the Niagara Escarpment

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Lyn MacMillan’s favourite landscape, the Niagara Escarpment. 

The world needs more Lyns. 

Lyn MacMillan recently passed away at 94 years old. A renowned environmentalist, she was a tenacious fighter for protection of the Niagara Escarpment. After moving to Canada from England when she was young, she was consistently involved in environmental efforts protecting the Escarpment from development.

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