A new report, Ontario’s Good Fortune: Appreciating the Greenbelt’s Natural Capital from Green Analytics and Sustainable Prosperity finds that in addition to storing over $11.17B of carbon, the Greenbelt provides $3.2B annually in ecosystem services to the region. The report, commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, assessed the value of final services provided by the Greenbelt that Ontario residents benefit from.Read more
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has released its final Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas. These guidelines clarify and expand on the province’s policies regarding permitted uses on-farm. The Guidelines were developed to assist municipalities in interpreting the provincial policy statement (PPS) on land use planning. They strike the balance between supporting a thriving agriculture industry and rural economy, and maintaining prime farmland for long term use in agriculture. Thanks to OMAFRA for taking the time to widely consult, and to the farm community, municipalities and others who provided feedback!
On October 18, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation co-hosted an Edge Planning workshop with the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance in Niagara Region. Held at the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, the workshop was attended by over 40 engaged stakeholders, including representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), private planning firms, the Ontario Landowners Association, universities and local farms.
By: Dallington Pollinators, Toronto
In late September, the Dallington Pollinators arranged a farm trip for 20 new Canadians with funding from Into the Greenbelt. Guy Farintosh, owner of Farintosh Farms, gave our group a tour of his farm and shared lots of useful information, including tips and tricks about vegetable growing.
By: South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC), Toronto
On September 15, members of the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC) travelled to Farintosh Farms in the Greenbelt, providing women with the opportunity to pick vegetables at the farm for a low cost. It was an adventurous day for SAWC’s group of newcomers. Close to forty eager participants of all ages joined us on the trip. Bizhan Roshan and Brenna Owen of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation tagged along.
Bizhan Roshan with members of the SAWC
In 2015, the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network (GBFMN) collaborated with Informa Market Research, visiting 30 network markets and interviewing 82 farmers, as well as 26 other market vendors. Results were compared with GBFMN’s 2009 survey to learn about growth and change in the sector. This study is intended to assist farmers’ market vendors and organizers, and inspire the interest and support of market shoppers and funders.Read more
Farmland At Risk (4 MB)
Farming in the Greater Golden Horseshoe has important economic and ecological benefits. Farmland at Risk, co-produced by Environmental Defence and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, calls for improved land-use planning that views farmland as essential to the region – not as development land-in-waiting. The report outlines that Ontario needs to do a better job protecting farmland and helping farmers thrive.Read more