Funding is provided to the Greenbelt Fund to establish a regional food hub pilot for the Greater Toronto Area in order to meet consumer demand for local food. The hub will open the door for small and mid-scale farmers, and those with differentiated products, to gain access to the marketplace where the majority of food spending occurs. This project confirms partnerships and develops an implementation plan to carry out the pilot.
Partnering with Transportation Options, this planning grant will support the initial stages of developing a 600km cycling route that traverses six Greenbelt regions from Northumberland to Niagara. The Greenbelt Cycling Route will allow Ontarians to connect and explore the Greenbelt in a new way – by touring and exploring by bike.Read more
This project will increase the production of ethno-cultural vegetables on Greenbelt farms and connect growers to markets. Vineland will provide training and support for rural and peri-urban farmers in the Greenbelt to increase the production of Oriental and Indian eggplant, okra, Thai chili peppers and others.Read more
This funding supports the Rouge Park Alliance in hosting the 2012 Tour de Greenbelt - a fresh air festival on wheels. This annual family-friendly cycling event takes place in Ontario’s Greenbelt and for the first time, this year’s program will include hiking and running courses. Activities supported by this grant include managing participant registration, route development, partnership and sponsorship development, and coordinating event logistics.
Farmers' markets are well-known as community local food hubs; but with an abundance of fresh, homemade and sustainable products on display, they are also a great place to learn about nutrition. This project investigates the link between market attendance, knowledge of local foods, and healthy eating. The results will help markets promote healthy options and benefits of eating local to families across the Greenbelt.
The Network will also continue to offer professional development to market managers, and support best practices and knowledge sharing, all in an effort to help markets and their farm vendors economically thrive.
The Greater Golden Horseshoe's food and farming industry contributes $35 billion to the provincial economy through jobs and economic activity. This project supports the implementation of key activities outlined in a newly developed Action Plan to recognize and grow this important economic driver.
The GTA-AAC, along with their partners, the regions of Hamilton and Niagara, are receiving funds to get started on implementation of the Action Plan. The grant also supports a working group of regional and municipal economic development staff to attract new business that will lead to better integration of Greenbelt goods into the distribution chain, new processing infrastructure, and new markets.
Farmers’ Markets build healthy communities, support healthy eating habits, and encourage local agriculture. The Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network continues to build and strengthen farmers’ markets by providing support to more than 80 farmers’ markets in and around the Greenbelt. Now in its third year of operation, the Network advocates on behalf of all its markets, offers professional development to market managers, and supports best practices.
This grant helps the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network increase farming viability for farm vendors who sell at farmers’ markets in and around the Greenbelt. Through their New Product Program, the Network will provide small grants to farmers to help them purchase equipment to support environmentally friendly ways to extend the growing season, develop new products for sale, and strengthen the overall economic success of farmers’ markets.
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.