This is an annual luncheon held to raise awareness of Ontario’s grape growers, promoting the grape growing industry through the Niagara Wine Festival. A celebrity speaker is usually part of the luncheon. Most of Ontario’s grape growers are located in the Greenbelt and this event informs visitors about this abundant area of the Greenbelt.
Niagara Culinary Trail Transition Funding secures long term support and investment for the Trail. Niagara’s main culinary regions are located along this trail to include Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines and Jordan, Vineland, Beamsville, Grimsby, Welland, Fonthill and the Effingham Hills, and Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, Ridgeway and Crystal Beach. The Niagara Region is filled with small artisan growers and producers. Local food is available throughout the Niagara Region, where farm fields are protected by Ontario’s Greenbelt.
The “Beyond Imaginings” photo exhibition at Harbourfront Centre continues into 2012. Over the past year, this exhibition has brought a public focus to the importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The show focuses on three areas of importance: natural beauty, working the land, and the people of the Greenbelt, presenting 72 stunning images, created by 8 Ontario photographers. They depict all that the Greenbelt offers—protected and restored natural environment, wildlife, agriculture, and recreation.
This is a sponsorship of the 11th Annual Halton Eco Festival. It is a one-day, environmental fair for sustainable living scheduled for April 9, 2011. Those expected to attend include 70 exhibitors and educational speakers. Exhibitors share information about home and garden, alternative healthcare, solar and geothermal energy and much more.
With over 80% of Hamilton’s land base designated as rural area, Hamilton is well equipped to feed itself locally and sustainably.
Formed in 2005, Hamilton Eat Local utilizes the Hamilton Eat Local Farm Map & Directory and the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project to encourage residents of Hamilton to buy locally grown food.
Expanding on the Hamilton Eat Local project, this undertaking implements Greenbelt-grown food procurement systems in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools and the municipal government, in order to secure the long-term viability of local agriculture and the Greenbelt in the Hamilton area.
The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP), a research not-for-profit organization, is examining whether existing water policies and practices contained in the Greenbelt Plan are adequately protecting water quality and quantity. The project brings together water experts in the region to form the Blue Green Group and identify significant issues of concern and ways to strengthen the Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan to ensure safe and abundant water resources are available to millions of residents and businesses, now and for the future.
As the coordinating organization for the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (a coalition of groups committed to improving Ontarians' quality of life and protecting valuable agricultural and environmental lands), Environmental Defence is working to protect, enhance and grow the Greenbelt.The project aims to continue building and strengthening the voice of the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt and Ontario Greenbelt Alliance to ensure the effective implementation of the Greenbelt Act. Ensuring the permanency of the Greenbelt means securing a healthy environment and a reliable food source for many generations.
The "International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration" is a new event to profile Niagara’s VQA wine and grape industry on the world stage taking place from July 22nd-24th 2011.The International Cool Climate Chardonnay Association is a not-for-profit group dedicated to promoting world class Chardonnay and its members include many top VQA wineries in the Niagara Region.This is a special opportunity to exhibit Ontario’s best VQA wines and source new international markets for our growers and winemakers. A Farmers’ Marché Breakfast, featuring local fruit, cheeses and specialty foods from Ontario’s Greenbelt producers will be held each morning.
The project builds on the vision of the Cootes to Escarpment Park System that the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) and partners developed in 2009.As a first step to achieving that vision, RBG is leading the implementation of a Land Securement Strategy to bring more lands, identified in the Park System Master Plan, into public hands and avoid further fragmentation of the ecologically rich and sensitive lands in the future.This vision has tremendous public support and a strong partnership with community leaders such as the Cities of Hamilton and Burlington, Halton Region, Hamilton and Halton Conservation Authorities, the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, and Hamilton Harbour Remediation Action Plan.
The Stop Community Food Centre has been working to increase access to healthy food for individuals and families in Toronto.A new partnership with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association experiments with growing new world crops in Ontario soils and “taste tests” locally grown varieties with ethno-cultural communities.This project connects Greenbelt farmers with the multi-million dollar world/ethno-cultural crop market in the GTA.