On a cold winter night, four Greenbelt staff head up to the Humber College campus at Finch Avenue & Highway 27 to trek in the urban woods of the Humber Arboretum. The Humber Arboretum is a beautiful spot; a pocket of green in the concrete jungle, offering formal gardens, meadows and forests to the public, as well educational activities run out of its Urban Ecology Centre.
My family moved from Toronto to Durham when my sister and I were only six months old. We bought a house in Pickering down near Frenchman's Bay. The house had a huge backyard to play in and overlooked a fallow farmer's field. A crew of ten other kids our age lived within shouting distance of our house. We played in Petticoat Creek Conservation Area in the summer, fall, winter, and spring—always racing home when the streetlights started to come on.
We're a lucky organization.
We've got a talented research team and an effective communications crew.
But as our name tells we also give away money (the "extra lucky" part). The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has granted on average about $2.1 million a year since its inception. The Greenbelt Fund has granted over $6.3 million since it started in 2010.
Last autumn I was given a chance to work as a canvasser in Burlington for the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Despite the common belief that canvassing is no fun, this gig turned out to be a really positive experience. More than 90% of the people I spoke with told me they support the Greenbelt! As I went door to door, I listened to people referencing all the good things that come from the Greenbelt; from clean air to fresh water, and from natural heritage to a robust local economy. I had a wonderful time making friends in the blustery fall weather, and getting to know Burlington, a truly vibrant community.
Minimal ingredients sometimes extract maximum flavour. It’s the middle of winter, so no doubt you locavores have had your fair share of carrots. But this fresh, creamy soup is a big leap from boiled carrots, and is sure you brighten your day while warming you up!
All of these ingredients can be found locally.
Some of the Greenbelt Fund team at the Ontariofresh.ca booth in the Ontario Pavilion. From left to right: Franco Naccarato, Chloe Brown, Megan Hunter, and Andreea Nicoara.
On the first weekend of March, the nation’s largest tradeshow for restaurants and foodservice took place in Toronto. Hundreds of exhibitors gathered at the city’s Direct Energy Centre for the annual Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) Show, to offer their goods and services: stoves & fridges, wines & beers, uniforms & food, delivery services & cleaning products—you name it, it was there.
The 9th Anniversary celebration of the Greenbelt featured a local carrot cake.
Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in the Members' Guest Gallery at Queen's Park to listen to our Province's political parties comment on the Greenbelt in light of its ninth anniversary.
FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER
Guess what the Greenbelt got for its birthday?
This month's newsletter features:
- Mississauga Votes to Expand Ontario’s Greenbelt
- Happy 9th Birthday, Greenbelt!
- Greenbelt Olympics
- Beer Belly: The Greenbelt's Bursting Beer Industry
- Funding Food Forward: The Greenbelt Fund's Newest Grants
- And more!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2014
ONTARIO'S GREENBELT, NINE YEARS AND GROWING
Celebrating 9 Years of Protected Landscape and
News of Expansion in Mississauga
Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, along with Mississauga City Council, Credit Valley Conservation, and a growing group of supporters, have come together today to show their support for growing Ontario’s Greenbelt.
A little take on the Olympics, Greenbelt style.
As the Olympics come to a close and the drama of competition moves onto the emotional returns home, I am thinking of my favourite winter sports. Hockey is up there, as are the ‘new’ acrobatic ski and snowboard events. The skill set required for the biathlon amazes me, while ski jumping always reminds me of "Eddie the Eagle".