Edge Planning Workshop 

Join us on 18th October 2016 for our Edge Planning Workshop in Niagara Region.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance (GHFFA) are presenting a workshop to discuss the issues at the intersection of agriculture and development, as part of our ongoing efforts to support the long-term viability of farming in the region.

This workshop will help planners and other municipal staff to gain a better understanding of normal farm practices and the impacts of development on agriculture, and to identify good practices in avoiding or mitigating these impacts. The workshop includes a presentation highlighting some of the common challenges faced by farmers, and a panel discussion on the role of planning including lessons from the experience in British Columbia. There will be an opportunity to break into groups to discuss the issues and share ideas.

The day will include a boxed lunch and an afternoon bus tour to see on-the-ground examples.


9:00 Registration

Welcome and Introduction – Kathy Macpherson

9:35 Presentation: Common Issues Faced by Farmers – Andrew Jamieson, Normal Farm Practices Board
10:15 Break
10:30 Panel Discussion: How Planning Can Help Address These Issues
  Mark Head – The Changing Planning Environment
  Brooke Marshall – Agriculture and Buffer Protection in the British Columbia
  Jim Dyment – Where Do We Go From Here? Edge Planning In Ontario
  Discussant: Michele Doncaster, OMAFRA
11:45 Break-out Group Discussion and Report Back – Janet Horner
12:30 Wrap-up – Janet Horner
12:35 Break - Lunch Box
1:00 Bus Tour
  Schenck Farm
  Whitty Farm
3:00  Return to Ball’s Falls

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any colleagues that may be interested. All are welcome. RSVP by October 5th 2016 to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend.

Attendance is limited to 40 participants, so RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Get in touch with Tamlyn at tstuurman@greenbelt.ca if you have any questions. 

October 18, 2016 at 9am - 3pm
Ball's Falls Conservation Area
3292 Sixth Ave
Jordan, ON L0R 1S0
Google map and directions
Tamlyn Stuurman · · (416) 960-0030 ext. 309
Alexander Petric Danielle Collins Joanna Salsberg Khulsan Khan Julie Welch Henry Swierenga Heather Finlay Kiersten Allore Austin Kirkby Dennis Dick Andrea Dawber ted mckechnie Adam Moote Megan Grant Ruth Rendon Don Campbell Aaron Butler Amanda Knutson Margaret Josipovic Sara Epp Eldon Darbyson Hugh Fraser Patrick Wong Steven Rivers Christopher Jones

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