FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 17, 2017
Guelph Celebration of the Greenbelt Book Showcases the Success of the World's Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt
Food and farming experts join Friends of the Greenbelt CEO and author Burkhard Mausberg at The Bookshelf to celebrate the Greenbelt Book
GUELPH – Local residents and environmental enthusiasts gathered at The Bookshelf to celebrate the launch of a new book from Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg about the history and success of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a compelling coffeetable book filled with beautiful photography and rich stories from the Greenbelt, published by Barlow Books.
A panel of food and farming experts joined author Burkhard Mausberg for a discussion about agriculture and the Greenbelt. The panel featured Executive Director of Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Andy Graham, former Deputy Minister for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Associate Vice-President Research and Professor at the University of Guelph Wayne Caldwell.
"The Greenbelt is an important part of Ontario's planning framework, providing rural communities with the permanent protection of farmland and the agricultural system,” said Wayne Caldwell, Associate Vice-President Research and Professor at the University of Guelph Wayne Caldwell. I am thrilled to participate in this important conversation about the future for the Greenbelt and for our region in the face of unprecedented growth."
The book contains candid interviews with key policymakers who contributed to the creation of the Greenbelt, including former premiers Bill Davis, Mike Harris, and Dalton McGuinty. The Greenbelt also tells the stories of the farmers, activists, and entrepreneurs who made the Greenbelt a success, including Ontario wine pioneer Don Ziraldo, singer Sarah Harmer, and chef Jamie Kennedy.
“In my 12 years of leading the Greenbelt Foundation, I have met so many engaged, dynamic people who live and work in the Greenbelt. This book is the opportunity to share their stories and celebrate what makes the Greenbelt a success,” said Burkhard Mausberg, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO and author of The Greenbelt. “It isn’t my book, but belongs to all of the people who have tirelessly led, battled, prevailed, and succeeded in creating our Greenbelt.”
Everyone that appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails – and wants to protect these spaces for future generations – will find this book an essential read.
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Office: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306