FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2018
DOZENS OF FARMERS AND STAKEHOLDERS PARTICIPATE IN SMALL PLOT AGRICULTURE WORKSHOP AND FARM TOUR HOSTED BY GREENBELT FOUNDATION IN NIAGARA REGION
In partnership with the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and Niagara Region, workshop explores aspects of operating a small farm
Niagara-on-the-Lake – The Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and Niagara Region to host a day-long workshop and farm tour focusing on small plot agriculture. Over 50 farmers and stakeholders are participating in the event to hear from a range of experts on the opportunities for small scale farms.
The workshop explores new opportunities for Ontario agriculture, with experts sharing information about on-farm permitted uses, new crops and alternative financing options for small farms. In addition, participants heard from the Black Farmers’ Collaborative, Fresh City Farms and Neob Lavender Farm about making a living and life on a small plot farm.
“This workshop is part of the Greenbelt Foundation’s ongoing work to support farmers in Niagara and across the Greenbelt,” said Edward McDonnell, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation. “Farming in the Greenbelt generates over $1.4 billion in economic activity each year, and supports vibrant rural communities across the region, which is made possible by the Greenbelt’s unique protected status.”
The average farm in the Greenbelt is smaller on average than farms in the rest of Ontario, but generate more revenue per acre.
“It’s important to look at different farm models and how to make a living from smaller acreage farms,” said Janet Horner, Executive Director of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance. “Small scale farming is an important agricultural model to understand and support in Niagara, and across the Golden Horseshoe.”
Following the workshop, the participants will tour a number of small farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake, including Linc Farm and Grimo Nut Nursery.
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 Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.
The Greenbelt Foundation
416-960-0001 ext. 306