The 17th Annual Organic Advocates Feast of Fields event promotes local farmers, chefs, and value-added food and beverage producers, through an interactive farm tour, a farmers' market and demonstrations. The underlying theme of Feast of Fields is the connection between those who grow our food and those who eat it, and the interdependency of all living things. Participants visit booths throughout the grounds sampling regional cuisine, beer and wine and learn about farmers markets, ecological issues and organics.
The 8th Annual Halton Eco Festival, a free, Earth Day environmental fair held Saturday, April 19 at the Glen Abbey Recreation Centre features 18 educational workshops. This year’s theme is environmental sustainability. The event raises public awareness about the importance of individual action on environmental stewardship. In addition to the workshops, the 2008 Halton Eco Festival features two hockey rinks filled with 100 exhibitors (displaying their many green environmental products, services and campaigns), including nine sponsoring organizations.
AGCare, a coalition of farm organizations committed to communicating about agriculture and the environment, and the Ontario Farm Animal Council, which provides information on animal care, environment and food safety, celebrated their 20th Anniversary with an annual meeting and celebration on April 17th, 2008.
"Nature Walk for Our Environment 2008" takes place on June 15 out of the Parks Canada Discovery centre and follows the Waterfront Trail to Cootes Paradise, including part of the Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail around the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. The walk helps raise funds for local partner organizations working on environmental projects in the Hamilton area and educates participants about the beauty and value of the Greenbelt’s hiking trails.
Covering an area of over 25,000 acres, the Credit River watershed is connected to ten different municipalities, populated by 600,000 people.
The Credit River Watershed is home to diverse species of plants and animals. Facing pressures of drought and flooding, natural hazards, sediment and erosion, loss of habitat, spills, fragmentation and pests among others, the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is heightening the visibility and identity of the watershed area.
Clean and safe drinking water is high on Ontarians’ minds. It is also what the Greenbelt protection provides. The Credit Valley Conservation Authority increases their watershed identity with a road signage program, consisting of fifteen signs which identify the Credit River Valley as a vital Greenbelt watershed, emphasizing clean water and healthy watersheds as one of its crucial, long-term benefits.
During his 18 years with the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Bruce Duncan was a teacher-naturalist, ecologist and manager, leading over 45,000 children throughout his career in various outdoor education programs and nature hikes and sharing his love of nature with the public.
The Dundas Valley Conservation Area, home of the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s outdoor environmental education program, hosts a teaching garden, created in memory of one of HCA’s teachers, Bruce Duncan.The late Bruce Duncan, former General Manager and Chief Administrative Officer of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, worked tirelessly to instill younger generations with a passion for protecting and enhancing the natural environment. This teaching garden in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area is a tribute to his legacy.
The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is publishing a Greenbelt edition of its tabloid, Currents, to 650,000 residents. Eight articles highlight issues affecting the Greenbelt such as agricultural biodiversity, natural areas, providing clean water, and protecting the local watershed
Since 2005, organic farming and production in Ontario have grown by 1.6% and 8% respectively, In fact, Ontario houses 497 certified organic farmers, which is close to 14% of Canada’s organic farmers.
The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) is an organization established in 1979 to promote the advancement and understanding of ecological agricultural methods.
The EFAO, recognizing an opportunity to enhance farmers’ profits while strengthening their commitment to the land through sustainable organic practice, ushers in an era of farmer-to-farmer training and support. This project encourages farmers in the Greenbelt to benefit from market trends, and focuses on current courses, workshops, farm tours, and a structured mentorship program, which allows established farmers to share their knowledge with newly interested organic farmers.
The David Suzuki Foundation will complete an economic assessment of the non-market value of the Greenbelt’s natural capital or “ecological goods and services,” providing an economic rationale for maintaining the Greenbelt in the Ontario landscape permanently. It will be a great contribution not only in support for the protection of the Greenbelt but for its expansion.
The Wine Council of Ontario represents 78 wineries in Ontario’s four major wine regions, including the Greenbelt’s tender fruit specialty crop area of Niagara. The first of its kind in Canada, this comprehensive sustainability program helps wineries and vineyard owners in the Greenbelt and beyond adopt best practices for environmental stewardship. It sets benchmarks for the entire Ontario wine industry around the usage of water, waste management, wastewater treatments, nutrient management, noise level, and air emissions.