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.
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May 14, 2013
ONTARIO GROUPS THANK GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FOR SUPPORTING LOCAL FOOD
Consumers will once again be able to seek out and enjoy local foods, thanks to actions taken today by the Government of Canada.
This announcement from Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Hon. Gerry Ritz addresses the concerns put forward by Ontario groups, regarding restrictive definitions of “local” food enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).Read more
This project supports a 2013 World Crop Learning Garden at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Vegetables grown in the demonstration and teaching gardens showcase new varieties that Greenbelt farmers are testing in their fields and using to build a commercial market.
MORE FRESH, LOCAL ONTARIO FOOD COMING TO A CAFETERIA NEAR YOU
Greenbelt Fund Leads the Way for Local Food, Continues Grant ProgramRead more
The Beamsville Bench Winery Association will develop and launch a low-impact trail for residents and visitors to access seven (7) working vineyards in the heart of Niagara’s Greenbelt and reinforce the importance of viticulture and the value of the Greenbelt.Read more
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February 6, 2013
Pilot Program Reduces Costs for Farmers, Increases Environmental Benefits
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation have partnered to promote innovative, economic farming practices that support the environment.Read more
The grant will support the annual Celebrity Luncheon as part of the kick-off to the 2013 Niagara Wine Festival. This event is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food, and 100% Ontario wine.
The project involves a cost-share program to support Greenbelt farmers in adopting energy efficiency Best Management Practices. The program is an evolution of the Environmental Farm Plan, utilizing a cost-benefit analysis that rewards projects that achieve the greatest energy efficiency targets for the best price. Approximately 30 farm businesses will benefit directly from the program. Farmers will be recognized for their achievements and participation in this new program through an award ceremony.
A few weeks ago I travelled through the countryside to Harriston, Ontario to visit my friend Jenny Cooke’s organic farm, which really, is a farm within a farm. Knuckle Down Organics has about an acre on her friend Caitlin Hall’s 70 acre farm, Reroot Organic. This is Jenny’s first year with a CSA and so far, so good. Jenny told me that it has been a lot of work but, very rewarding and her CSA has been quite successful.
Small Change Making a Big Difference: One-of-a-kind Program Brings New Products to a Farmers’ Market Near You
This harvest season there’s even more to celebrate with new products available at farmers’ markets in and around Ontario’s Greenbelt.
With support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, more than $44,000 in small-scale or ‘microgrants’ are being provided to 68 farmers, helping them meet customers’ demands to bring more local food to their plates.Read more