Planning for Agriculture Workshop
Join us for a pilot of our new workshop, Agriculture and Planning for Agriculture: A Near-Urban Perspective.

As part of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s ongoing work to support the long-term viability of farming in the Greenbelt, we are piloting a professional development workshop for planners. OPPI members undertaking Continuous Professional Learning may claim learning units according to the CPL Program Guide for this workshop. The goals of the training are to: increase planners’ knowledge and understanding of agriculture, trends and issues, specifically in near-urban areas; and, increase planners’ capacity to develop and interpret planning policies and regulations that are supportive of agriculture.

The workshop will consist of four modules:

  1. Agriculture 101 will discuss the basics of agriculture, providing an overview of the types of agriculture happening in the Greenbelt and Golden Horseshoe, as well as addressing some common myths and misperceptions.
  2. Near-urban Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities will provide greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities specific to farming in near-urban areas, and consider how planning can help overcome these challenges.
  3. Planning for Agriculture: 10 Ways to Enable Better Outcomes will provide suggestions on how to create opportunities for a more viable agricultural system through the use of various planning tools, ranging from more meaningful engagement with farm communities, to more effective use of non-regulatory tools. 
  4. Eight Suggestions for Communicating with Farmers, Politicians, and the Public will provide suggestions for communicating effectively with these groups, based on their different perspectives and relationships to agriculture.

Agenda:

9:30am    Welcome
9:45am Module 1 – Agriculture 101
11:15am  Module 2 – Near-urban Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities
12:45pm  Lunch
1:30pm  Module 3 – Planning For Agriculture: 10 Ways to Enable Better Outcomes
3:00pm Module 4 – Eight Suggestions for Communicating with Farmers, Politicians, and the Public
4:00pm Evaluation and Feedback        

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any colleagues that may be interested. The workshop is full at this time, click here to be placed on the waiting list. We will contact you as soon as space opens up. Get in touch with Allie at alockhart@greenbelt.ca if you have any questions. There is no cost to attend.

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WHEN
February 19, 2016 at 9:30am - 4pm
WHERE
Country Heritage Park
8560 Tremaine Rd
Niagara Room
Milton, ON L9T 2X3
Canada
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CONTACT
Allie Lockhart · · (416) 960-0001 ext. 337

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