Georgina Harvest Dinner 2015
Georgina Harvest Dinner
$2,000 (1 year)
The Georgina Harvest Dinner brings the community together to celebrate abundance in the Greenbelt by sharing locally grown meals. Guests will discover what regional farmers are growing in our own backyard, while supporting local farmers and businesses. Our funding goes towards sourcing and purchasing food from Greenbelt farmers.
Cultivating New Opportunities for Farm Access to Public Greenbelt Lands via New Models of Land Trust Collaboration
Ontario Farmland Trust
$20,000 (1 year)
The project supports local agriculture within the Greenbelt by improving access to publicly-held farmland for new farmers. Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) will work with land trust partners, Ontario Heritage Trust and Bruce Trail Conservancy, to conduct a pilot study in the Greenbelt researching the feasibility and financial sustainability of different models to improve access to publicly-held farmland.
Free Market Bucks Returning to Farmers’ Markets and TD Branches this Summer
Market Bucks are back!
With the support of $25,000 from TD Bank Group, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is connecting farmers’ markets with TD’s loyal customers in several Greenbelt communities by giving away free Market Bucks to purchase fresh and delicious local food.
Each Market Buck is redeemable for $5 worth of merchandise at select local markets. Spending Market Bucks and investing in local markets helps reduce food miles, and supports the region's farmers and Ontario's Greenbelt, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.Read more
$20,000 (Two years)
The Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon is the official kickoff event to the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, and is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food and VQA Ontario wines. This event enables growers, industry partners and consumers to connect the land to the table, with VQA wines and a Greenbelt-grown menu.
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 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.
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.