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  • "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."

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  • "Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice—but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them."

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  • "A field guide is a well-known tool, a book, used to help identify things in the environment that may appear similar, but in actuality are quite diverse."

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Hamilton Conservation Foundation

Early Stage Implementation of Dundas Valley 50 Year VisionEarly Stage Implementation of Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision
$50,000 - October 12, 2011

Carved out nearly 10,000 years ago, the Dundas Valley is one of the largest glacial re-entrant valleys (a valley that collects and funnels water) along the Niagara Escarpment. The Hamilton

Conservation Foundation's 50-Year Vision for the Valley outlines ways to sustain the ecology, agriculture and recreation activities of Hamilton's environmental "jewel" as urbanization concentrates along its borders.

 This project enables the Conservation Foundation to work with the community to develop priorities for the next five years. Activities include producing a strategy for biodiversity, land securement, species at risk protection, developing strategies for outdoor education, and agricultural and recreational activities that maintain and enhance the Valley.

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The Living City Foundation

Implementation of the Food and Farming Strategy for the Golden HorseshoeImplementation of the Food and Farming Strategy for the Golden Horseshoe (by the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee)
$210,000 - October 12, 2011

The Greater Golden Horseshoe's food and farming industry contributes $35 billion to the provincial economy through jobs and economic activity. This project supports the implementation of key activities outlined in a newly developed Action Plan to recognize and grow this important economic driver.

 The GTA-AAC, along with their partners, the regions of Hamilton and Niagara, are receiving funds to get started on implementation of the Action Plan. The grant also supports a working group of regional and municipal economic development staff to attract new business that will lead to better integration of Greenbelt goods into the distribution chain, new processing infrastructure, and new markets.

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Greenbelt FarmersGreenbelt Farmers’ Market Network
$50,000 - October 12, 2011

Farmers’ Markets build healthy communities, support healthy eating habits, and encourage local agriculture. The Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network continues to build and strengthen farmers’ markets by providing support to more than 80 farmers’ markets in and around the Greenbelt.  Now in its third year of operation, the Network advocates on behalf of all its markets, offers professional development to market managers, and supports best practices.

This grant helps the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network increase farming viability for farm vendors who sell at farmers’ markets in and around the Greenbelt.  Through their New Product Program, the Network will provide small grants to farmers to help them purchase equipment to support environmentally friendly ways to extend the growing season, develop new products for sale, and strengthen the overall economic success of farmers’ markets. 

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T & S Go To Market - Guest blog by Cookie Roscoe

With $25 in Greenbelt Market Bucks each, two savvy shoppers set out to show how you can make a buck stretch at The Stop’s Farmers’ Market. T is a 50 year old vegan who describes herself as not a regular market shopper, and someone who must spend the majority of her money on meds for a back condition. "You would be shocked to learn how little I spend on food each month.".

Earth and City was our first stop. Run by a pair of ambitious young women, this booth offers prepared foods that are simultaneously vegan, raw and ethical. Further, all the brightly coloured offerings are made from ingredients purchased directly from farmers at this market. T was bowled over by the multitude of brilliantly coloured treats available. She loved the "innovative, forward thinking" ethic of the vendors and wanted to donate her $25 right then and there to this booth. We agreed to at least check out the rest of the market first.

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Three Part Pumpkin Series – #2 "Eating" or "How to Make Better Pie Than Moe"

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This has been a real hit to my ego. For this blog, I went the extra mile. I bought two beautiful pumpkins from my neighbourhood grocery store that sells only organic and local products (Thanks Pots!)

I bought everything I needed to make a pumpkin pie for the ages. Rum! Cream! I even grated fresh nutmeg.

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Local Solutions to Global Challenges - Global Greenbelts Conference Proceedings

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As you may know, the Friends of the Greeneblt Foundation hosted the Global Greenbelts Conference in Toronto, Canada from March 22nd to 24th 2011. The conference brought together a dynamic mix of people from around the world and had successul exchange of information through preseation sessions and discussion regarding to greenbelt issues.

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Three Part Pumpkin Series: #1 Buying

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 tried writing another nerdy blog, this time about pumpkins. You know, the flavour compounds, the physical structure of the beast, the long and exciting history. Nothing grabbed me. “Pumpkins are related to gourds.” Mmm snore.

 

When it comes down to it, the most exciting thing about pumpkins is eating them in one form or another. This is the first in a series discussing buying, eating and drinking our favourite autumn cucurbita.

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Trees - What the Greenbelt does for our air quality

This small article from the Greenbelt for Health website shows you the important contribution the Greenbelt makes towards improved air quality.

With links to articles from Health Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Lung Association and more, you'll be sure to want to visit the Greenbelt for a breath of fresh air.

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Hiking Trails in the Greenbelt

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Be sure not to miss the change of seasons and the beautiful fall colours.

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As I Just Walked out of the Last Stakeholder Consultation Session…

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As the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation entered its 7th year, we received a $20 million re-investment from the provincial government. The Board of Directors decided that it is an opportune time to re-assess our current goals and approaches, and consider our priorities going forward.

As part of this assessment, the Board wanted to get feedback from across the Greenbelt from the varying organizations and individuals with an interest in the Foundation’s work, including municipal and conservation authority staff, agricultural and environmental-related associations and farmers etc.

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