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MAY 12, 2017
Niagara-on-the-Lake Celebration of the Greenbelt Book Showcases the Success of the World's Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt
Celebrated craft beverage makers Bill Redelmeier and Jon Downing join Friends of the Greenbelt CEO and author Burkhard Mausberg at Southbrook Vineyards to celebrate the Greenbelt Book
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – Local residents and environmental enthusiasts gathered at Southbrook Vineyards to celebrate the launch of a new book from Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg about the history and success of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a compelling coffeetable book filled with beautiful photography and rich stories from the Greenbelt, published by Barlow Books.
Owner of Southbrook Vineyards Bill Redelmeier and Brewmaster Professor at Niagara College Teaching Brewery Jon Downing joined Burkhard Mausberg to talk about the amazing craft beverage industry that is thriving in Ontario’s protected Greenbelt.
“I made a choice to build a winery in the Greenbelt, and that relies on people making the choice to go for local, Ontario wines when they’re at the LCBO,” said Bill Redelmeier, owner of Southbrook Vineyards. “The Greenbelt book showcases the people like me who are investing in the Greenbelt and realizing the potential of this important landscape. It’s an honour to be a part of the book.”
“Niagara is the perfect place to learn about brewing with local ingredients and we really bring that Greenbelt inspired message to our students,” said Jon Downing, Brewmaster at Niagara College Teaching Brewery. “As I said in the book, the Greenbelt is an incredible model for protecting the land and for what you can do – and brew – with the land once it's protected.”
The book contains candid interviews with key policymakers who contributed to the creation of the Greenbelt, including former premiers Bill Davis, Mike Harris, and Dalton McGuinty. The Greenbelt also tells the stories of the farmers, activists, and entrepreneurs who made the Greenbelt a success, including singer Sarah Harmer and chef Jamie Kennedy.
“In my 12 years of leading the Greenbelt Foundation, I have met so many engaged, dynamic people who live and work in the Greenbelt. This book is the opportunity to share their stories and celebrate what makes the Greenbelt a success,” said Burkhard Mausberg, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO and author of The Greenbelt. “It isn’t my book, but belongs to all of the people who have tirelessly led, battled, prevailed, and succeeded in creating our Greenbelt.”
Everyone that appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails – and wants to protect these spaces for future generations – will find this book an essential read.
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Office: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306