• "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!


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.


The 2012 Friend of the Greenbelt Award Goes To...


June 7, 2012

Celebrating Ontario VQA Wine

Award Recognizes LCBO, Wine Council of Ontario, and Grape Growers of Ontario for Contributions to the Greenbelt

(Toronto, Ontario) – Today, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced the 2012 winners of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. Recognizing the significant economic contributions the Ontario wine industry brings to the Greenbelt, this year’s award was shared among three organizations: the Wine Council of Ontario, the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).


New Position with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation


Director of Communications

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization focused on supporting activities that preserve the environmental and agricultural integrity of Ontario’s Greenbelt Region.  We are seeking a Communications Director who is a proven leader, with fresh ideas to develop and conduct dynamic public awareness efforts that highlight the value and significance of Ontario’s Greenbelt.


New Cultural Heritage Landscape Park to Celebrate Nature and First Nations History

For Immediate Release

June 6, 2012

Internationally Significant Skandatut Site Saved

New Cultural Heritage Landscape Park to Celebrate Nature and First Nations History

Vaughan, ON – Vaughan City Council voted unanimously last night to accept a deal to save Skandatut, an internationally significant cultural heritage site in the Greenbelt, on the historic Humber River in Vaughan, Ontario.



Ontario Greenbelt watersheds save taxpayers hundreds of millions by protecting water


Ontario Greenbelt watersheds save taxpayers hundreds of millions by protecting waterways and drinking water

May 30, 2012

TORONTO - The globally renowned Ontario Greenbelt provides more than $1 billion a year in economic benefits, according to a report released today by the David Suzuki Foundation.


Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

world-crop-project-learning-gardens-2012.jpgThe World Crop Project-Learning Gardens 2012
$10,000 - May 30, 2012

This grant will help the Vineland Research Institute and project partners lay the foundation for the World Crop Learning Gardens for the 2012 season.  The gardens will continue to provide reach into diverse ethno-cultural communities in the Greater Toronto Area, and will connect them both to the Greenbelt and to the growing availability of Greenbelt-grown world crops.