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 "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 Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network’s (GFMN) successful first year by continuing to provide support for market managers. The Network supports regional collaboration, knowledge sharing and professional development among market organizers with the goal of increasing the success of markets. The Network also conducts research on increasing markets’ customer base, and coordinates promotions for markets.
The successful Niagara Wine Festival has witnessed a record number of guests in recent years, attracted by the festival’s celebrity hosts which have included Don Cherry and Peter Mansbridge.
The Grape Growers of Ontario works towards sustainable growth of Ontario’s grape industry, and hosts an annual wine festival to celebrate their fruits of labour.
Each September, the Grape Growers of Ontario furthers viticultural awareness through the Niagara Wine Festival, combining local food and wines to celebrate the Niagara Peninsula’s 100,000 protected acres of tender fruit and grape crops and the people that tend them. The Grape Growers of Ontario produces the Festival Kick-Off Luncheon and distributes educational materials, including 2,000 brochures, to inform visitors about this abundant area of the Greenbelt.
$20,000 June 8, 2009 & 2010
The Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee (GTA AAC) and its partners, the Region of Niagara and City of Hamilton are developing a ten year action plan for agriculture in the Golden Horseshoe and Holland Marsh regions of Ontario. The study reviews demographics, economic impact, and trends in production, interviews key agri-businesses, and explores a number of emerging opportunities for this near urban agricultural area. The co-existence of agriculture and urbanization to the mutual benefit of both is a key emerging issue in the City and Greater Toronto Area.
The workshop discusses opportunities for local food distribution in the Niagara-Hamilton region, based on the results of an earlier feasibility study. This research assessed whether sufficient industry support exists to establish a regional food and agri-product distribution initiative in the Niagara and Hamilton areas and capture the growing interest among consumers for locally grown food.
The “2010 Greenbelt Express” project promotes the Greenbelt as an attractive destination for cycling tourism, with a sustainable transportation option for travel between Toronto and Niagara by train. Bike Train integrates GO Transit services in addition to VIA Rail, broadens the network of Greenbelt cycle tourism ambassadors and completes a strategy for long-term financial sustainability of the program, while investing in market research to help measure the economic and tourism impacts in Niagara.
The Greenbeltfresh Online Marketplace, a Foundation-led initiative, is a cornerstone of our efforts to support the local food economy. The tool is being developed to help growers/ producers find new market opportunities. "Greenbelt Fresh Online Marketplace Launch" will launch the Marketplace website in two "beta" launches and a formal launch.
"Promoting the Value of Ontario's Greenbelt Natural Capital" builds on the David Suzuki Foundation's (DSF) 2008 report that valued the Greenbelt’s ecological goods and services, or natural capital, at $2.6 billion in annual services such as climate mitigation, flood control, and water and air filtration.DSF is reaching out to governments and industry leaders to foster political and private sector support for enhancing the value of ecological services in the Greenbelt and better protecting its natural resources.
The event is a celebration of rural heritage in the Greenbelt with a traditional barn dance held in the Holland Marsh area on the evening of January 28, 2010, as part of the celebration of the Greenbelt’s 5th anniversary. The Holland Marsh Growers’ Association (HMGA) will host an authentic “hoe-down” barn dance, complete with a caller, live band, decorations, and Greenbelt-grown food.