This ecological area is the only remaining contiguous area of habitat from Lake Ontario to the Escarpment not broken by a 400-series highway.
The Royal Botanical Gardens’ Land Management Strategy helps to preserve the beauty and wildlife of Cootes Paradise, which has attracted artists such as Robert Bateman, birdwatchers from around the world, and thousands of locals to hike its trails and paddle its waters.
This community-based conservation and land management plan protects 4,000 acres of natural Greenbelt lands from the impacts of nearby urban development. The planning process is led by an advisory group of local stakeholders and the project is overseen by experts in a diverse group of organizations, including conservation authorities, and regional and municipal governments. A final report recommends action items for each partner group who has committed to implementing the plan within five to seven years.
According to the Niagara Culinary Trail’s “Harvest Calendar”, apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, mushrooms, and onions are available locally almost entirely year round.
The Niagara region offers an abundance of local fruits, veggies, and culinary treats year round. The Niagara Culinary Trail project ensures that visitors have all the information necessary to access and enjoy farm-fresh local products, linking agriculture, tourism and food to promote sustainable cuisine in the Niagara Greenbelt region.
As the first agritourism trail of its kind in the Greenbelt, the project focuses on three main activities: increased culinary tourism, an “Eat Healthy, Eat Local” educational campaign, and a business training and marketing development program for local culinary business owners. It engages a vibrant agricultural and food service community in the Niagara specialty crop area of the Greenbelt, fostering a shared vision for local agriculture and encouraging mutual support between the culinary and farming communities.
The planning grant enables the Corporate Knights Foundation to investigate ways the organization and its magazine can contribute to making the Greenbelt a success. For example, the Greenbelt possesses great opportunity for innovation and development of green energy in Ontario, which can offer savings in operating costs for individual farmers.
The sponsorship program supports a diversity of cultural festivals across the Greenbelt.
“Exclusively Ours” is strategically positioning the areas of Caledon, Erin, Orangeville, Shelburne, Mono and Dufferin County as Greenbelt tourist destinations. A promotional campaign positions the natural landscape of the area within the Greenbelt; strengthens the Hills of Headwaters’ brand; increases tourism in the area; and, engages area businesses and the community to collaboratively offer a wider tourism “franchise” that includes marketing seven tourism experiences - trails, heritage, arts, culinary, equestrian and agriculture, golf and corporate meetings in the Headwaters.
The Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association, with 100 members in the Greenbelt, is developing a marketing strategy to increase the number of repeat customers and the frequency of their visits to these on-farm markets. An outreach plan will attract new visitors including members of the GTA’s diverse ethnic communities; create seasonal, low-cost promotional activities for OFFMA; and pursue co-marketing opportunities with other tourism operators in the Greenbelt. The project promotes agriculture and farms in the Greenbelt and Ontario.
The "Economic Impact Study Regarding Viability of Fruit and Vegetable Industry within the Greenbelt" project will assist the long-term goal of establishing policies to maintain the viability of this sector. The study produces an economic impact statement about the value of industry today and the impact of government policies, such as the Greenbelt. It also explores new activities such as developing value-added products, undertaking product research and creating strategic marketing alliances.
The replant strategy converts up to 25% of total acreage from juice grape production to wine grapes, which typically experience higher market demand.
Representing over 600 grape growers in eastern, southern and southwestern Ontario, the Grape Growers of Ontario provides resources and support to maintain a healthy market for grape growers.Farmers in Niagara face an uncertain future after a local company announced an end to manufacturing grape juice. Many of these farmers want to transition to growing new products, including high quality wine grape varieties that would elevate Niagara’s reputation as a world renowned wine region. This project invests in that goal.
Since its launch, the exhibit has circulated to 25 venues across the Golden Horseshoe, and has had exposure to over 450,000 people.
Supporting the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, the Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto works to make Toronto a greener and healthier place to live, and uses a major traveling Greenbelt exhibit to help spread the word.
Thousands of visitors to the GTA’s conservation areas can explore the Greenbelt through an interpretive traveling exhibit that weaves a story celebrating the past and present farming and rural cultures of communities in the Greenbelt, and highlights important natural features.
The Green Living Show, held from April 27-29, showcases environmentally friendly consumer products and services in energy, home and garden, building, recreation, transportation, food, fashion and health. Visitors and participants of The Green Living Show will see first-hand what the Greenbelt has to offer, showcasing healthy foods and beverages, an abundance of recreational opportunities, and the significance of the natural environment that is protected by the Greenbelt.