Having grown up with a cottage in Kawartha Lakes, my family and I have passed Balsam Lake Provincial Park countless times. From observing and interacting with wildlife, swimming in the freshwater lakes, and pit stops for the occasional fresh strawberries and corn on the cob, my life has been filled with the advantages that our parks provide; advantages that I'm reminded of each day.Read more
Farmers' markets showcase fresh fruit and vegetables along with beautiful displays.
Farmers’ markets not only provide local food, they also bring communities together. As both a foodie attraction and social function, markets attract neighbours, musicians, farmers, and entertainers, encouraging and growing the most fresh and delicious food our province has to offer.Read more
John Holland speaking at the Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary opening. Credit: Conservation Halton/NFinney.
On May 30, 2014, approximately 70 Burlington residents and local politicians gathered to honour John Holland, a local businessman, at the unveiling of a new nature sanctuary in West Burlington.
The Eileen and John Holland Nature Sanctuary, a beautiful and largely untouched 37-acre property, was donated by the Holland family to the City of Burlington. It now becomes a jewel in the crown that is the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, as an area of national significance for plants and animals within the Greenbelt, and as one of the last unspoiled spots left between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment.Read more
Susan and I joined the student artists at Bruce Junior Public School along with artist Katherine Laco, Ranger Aidan, and Helen Mills.
The health of Toronto's urban environment is inextricably connected to its surrounding landscape. About forty significant rivers and streams flow south from their headwaters in the Oak Ridges Moraine, serving as wildlife corridors for plants and animals. I like to think of these river corridors as the arteries of the landscape, providing fresh air and clean water, and pumping life into every corner of the Greenbelt.Read more
One of our own market bucks! Buk buk buk buk...
I always anticipate the arrival of spring since I cannot wait for farmers’ markets to open. I love exploring what farmers’ markets have to offer and then cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Farmers’ markets provide an opportunity to enjoy the bounty of the region and to get to know the people who grow our food. They are also a way to support the local economy and to reduce the carbon footprint of our food by reducing the distance it has to travel. And the best news is that more and more farmers’ markets are cropping up, which makes it easier for us to buy local food even closer to home.Read more
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June 2, 2014
Ontario Farmers’ Markets Celebrate Buying Local with Free Market Bucks
TD and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Support Ontario Markets
With the support of $25,000 from TD Bank Group, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will help connect TD’s loyal customers with their neighbourhood farmers’ market by giving away free Market Bucks to purchase fresh, local food for their family. Each Market Buck is redeemable for $5 worth of merchandise at select local markets.Read more
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.Read more
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
TORONTO, Ont. – Celebrate Ontario’s inaugural Local Food Week at the Brewers Plate on Wednesday, June 4, an indulgent evening featuring unlimited sampling of a menu inspired by partnerships between renowned local food chefs and Ontario Craft Brewers. Now in its seventh year, this charitable event has been established as a memorable toast and thank you to the province’s brewers and farmers.Read more
Recently, the Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network got together to publish a guide on food labelling. The result is an informative print brochure that breaks down all the language that typically floods food talk.Read more
Becky poses with her two sons.
On March 6, 2012 I arrived in Canada with my two boys, who were 10 and 5 years old at the time, from Botswana (which is located in the southern part of Africa). In September 2012, I started taking ESL to keep myself busy when my boys were at school, and, only a few months later, in January 2013, I started the six-month Job Preparation for International Trained Accountant and Bookkeepers program with Skills for Change, an employment services development and training organization. I finished my classes in May 2013 and was soon given a placement with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation for five weeks as an Account Assistant.Read more