The project hosts a Social Innovation Lab on food innovation, safety and security to determine the needed conditions for small-scale producers, processors and retailers to enter the food system and scale up.
The projects showcases new world vegetables varieties being tested by Niagara’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and commercially grown by Greenbelt farmers. An edible garden featuring okra, Chinese long eggplant, yard long beans, Jamaican callalo and other vegetables will be on display. Visitors are given seed packets to try the new crops at home.
The scheduled provincial review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act in 2015, presents an opportunity to celebrate the Moraine’s importance as the “rainbarrel” and source of clean drinking water for eight million residents in southern Ontario. A coalition of environmental organizations including Earthroots, Ecospark, Ontario Nature, and STORM, will also engage the public and key stakeholders to assess the Act’s impact and opportunities to strengthen protection, particularly in conserving groundwater resources and curbing the practice of burying of contaminated fill in the Moraine.
A public art exhibition will be staged at the Markham Museum contributes to a growing public dialogue within Markham, the GTA, and Ontario, about how we live in and plan for a planet in transition. Its aim is to create public dialogue about the future of land use. The exhibition ran from September 21 to October 13, 2013.
The project pilots the use of Market Bucks, or "coupons" as an advertising tool to attract new customers to farmers’ markets. Partnerships between farmers' markets and local, community businesses will raise program funds and distribute the Bucks.
The Georgina Harvest Dinner brings the community together to celebrate and support local farmers and businesses. The funding goes towards sourcing and purchasing food from Greenbelt farmers. The event was held on September 21, 2013
A new market exists for Greenbelt farmers to grow ethno-cultural vegetables. Vineland is continuing with its efforts to launch this market by conducting research and training farmers in crop production, completing a market analysis, and developing partnerships with retailers. Activities in year two scale up commercial production, develop opportunities to test crops in the marketplace, and increase education and outreach activities to the larger farm community.
TEA supports local efforts to grow the Greenbelt along Toronto's major urban river valleys, including the Humber and Don Rivers. This will ensure these watershed lands are permanently protected and connect millions of urban residents directly to the Greenbelt. The project further celebrates the Greenbelt's 10th anniversary by engaging the public in activities that support the Greenbelt (buying local food, taking a hike) and sharing their stories with others online.
Sierra Club supports local efforts by Peel Region municipalities to grow the Greenbelt along their urban river valleys. Extending the Greenbelt into the urban reaches of the Credit River and Etobicoke Creek will ensure these watershed lands are permanently protected and connect another million people directly to the Greenbelt.
The Oak Ridges Moraine protects the headwaters of 65 rivers that flow north and south of the Greenbelt and provide clean sources of drinking water and healthy corridors to allow the movement of plants, animals, and fish. A report card will publish scientific information about the health of the Moraine and adjacent Greenbelt watersheds and identify priority actions needed to make improvements.