• "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."

  • "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."

  • Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree!


Red Green to speak at the Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon


St. Catharines, ON The Grape Growers of Ontario, in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are pleased to announce that Steve Smith, aka ‘Red Green,’ will be the speaker at the 2012 Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 61st Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 19th at 11:30 a.m.


Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association

greenbelt-bruce-peninsula.jpgGreenbelt in the Bruce Peninsula
$15,000 - June 21, 2012

This grant will support the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association to lay the groundwork towards a shared community conservation and stewardship plan that protects ecological integrity and promotes sustainable land use on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. They will collaborate with not-for-profits and governmental organizations involved in conservation efforts on the Bruce Peninsula to develop a strategic plan which will lead to more efficient preservation and protection of water resources and natural heritage systems.


Waterfront Regeneration Trust

feasibility-phase-greenbelt-cycling-route.jpgFeasibility Phase for the Greenbelt Cycling Route
$30,000 - June 21, 2012

Partnering with Transportation Options, this planning grant will support the initial stages of developing a 600km cycling route that traverses six Greenbelt regions from Northumberland to Niagara.  The Greenbelt Cycling Route will allow Ontarians to connect and explore the Greenbelt in a new way – by touring and exploring by bike. 


Royal Botanical Gardens

burlington-heights-heritage-land-management-plan.gifBurlington Heights Heritage Land Management Plan
$65,000 - June 21, 2012

With this funding, the Royal Botanical Gardens will develop a management plan for the Burlington Heights Heritage Land, one of the six core natural areas within the Cootes to Escarpment Park System.  Burlington Heights is an environmentally significant area and a National Historic Site. 


Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

commercialization-world-crops-ontarios-greenbelt.jpgCommercialization of World Crops in Ontario's Greenbelt
$85,000 - June 21, 2012 

This project will increase the production of ethno-cultural vegetables on Greenbelt farms and connect growers to markets.  Vineland will provide training and support for rural and peri-urban farmers in the Greenbelt to increase the production of Oriental and Indian eggplant, okra, Thai chili peppers and others.


Grimo Nut Nursery: A Photoblog

Deep in wine and tender-fruit country in Niagara, father and daughter Ernie and Linda Grimo are growing another kind of crop. Grimo's Nut Nursery produces a huge variety of nuts, popular, obscure, native, and exotic. For more than 40 years the Grimo family has been raising nut seedlings for sale and in the process they have developed into their own research station, continuously testing new varieties, pushing the boundaries of what can be grown in Ontario, and selecting the hardiest, most productive trees.



A Great Lakes Protection Act for Ontario


Last week, I attended the announcement of a new Great Lakes Strategy by Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley. The setting was perfect: blue sky, Lake Ontario shimmering, the Toronto Islands as background, and even the Ministry’s Great Lakes research vessel was anchored nearby.


Celebrating Ontario Wine


From left to right: Hillary Dawson, President, Wine Council of Ontario; Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario; Bob Peters, President & CEO, LCBO

Last week, we announced the 2012 winners of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award.


Announcing the 2012 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, Christie Lake, Hamilton


The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, September Seventh Entertainment, CBCMusic.ca, and the Hamilton Spectator Present: Feist, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois with Brian Blade, Gord Downie and the Sadies, Sarah Harmer, Mix Master Mike, Jesse Cook, Brady L. Blade, Sr. and the Hallelujah Train, & more! Live at the 2012 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!


Smashing heads doesn’t open minds


This was the title of a speech at a recent meeting of environmental foundations. It may sound obvious. But then it’s amazing how often I encounter tone, language and behavior – atone to smashing heads – in my life.

We all see and hear them. The political bully. The sports bully. The religious bully.