This report profiles nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. The collection of case studies, Greenbelt Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Success, recognizes several ways local farm operations are providing economic prosperity to their families, communities, and Ontario’s $34 billion agri-food sector.
Many farmers by their very nature are entrepreneurial and are seeking new opportunities, innovating, and adapting to the changing environment. By highlighting examples of success and best practices, this report provides a better understanding of the approaches, management and tools used by farm operations, and can be helpful to the agriculture and agri-food sectors, as well as planners and policy makers. Home to 5,500 farms, farmland makes up 43 per cent of the Greenbelt. Farmers in the Greenbelt grow higher value crops than most Ontario farms—with gross farm receipts per acre in the Golden Horseshoe nearly doubling the Ontario average ($1,756 compared to $939).
A close look at 9 local farm operations that are innovating and adapting their businesses to ensure economic prosperity to their families, communities, and Ontario’s $34 billion agri-food sector.
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