When it comes to protecting prime, productive agricultural land from urban development, Ontario's Greenbelt is the solution. Packing an economic punch of more than $9 billion dollars annually for the province's economy, the Greenbelt is home to more than 5,500 farms, producing healthy local food from peaches and pears to beef, pork and poultry.Read more
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, September Seventh Entertainment, CBCMusic.ca, and the Hamilton Spectator Present: Feist, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois with Brian Blade, Gord Downie and the Sadies, Sarah Harmer, Mix Master Mike, Jesse Cook, Brady L. Blade, Sr. and the Hallelujah Train, & more! Live at the 2012 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!Read more
Last week I had the opportunity to be a judge at the first, and hopefully annual “Great ENGO (Environmental Non-Governmental Organization) Holiday Bake-Off”. Let me begin by saying that these groups – including Environmental Defence, David Suzuki Foundation, and Ecojustice – approach baking with the same determination, integrity, and enthusiasm as they do towards their respective causes. These groups were going face-to-face with the title of “Bake-Off Champ” at stake, it was intense. You can imagine the pressure of judging the work – in this case the baked goods – of these organizations. Thankfully I didn’t have to go it alone, as Pheonix Plessas and Meredith Hayes were my co-judges.Read more
The most exciting thing for me about the annual Food and Wine Expo is the FOOD. The problem is, I recently started a no-dairy diet. That’s right. I have cut out all of things that go best with wine. No cheese. No chocolate. I had a fewCharlie Brown moments, but I was determined to go anyway and try not to cheat (maybe just one bite of cheese wouldn’t be so bad!)Read more
To reach out to a broader range of communities and invite more people to understand the Greenbelt, we are working with some cultural newspapers to spread the Greenbelt stories in different languages. Attached is an article on Ontario's Local Food Champions, published in the Correo Canadiense.Read more
As the 2012 Ontario Local Food Champions nomination deadline approaches on October 31st, lets review some of last years Champions.
Increasingly, Ontarians are discovering the benefits of fresh, local food for our health, economy and environment. Ontario’s once grassroots local food movement is becoming a bigger world reality in settings like hospitals, long term care homes, schools, universities and child care centres.Read more
Increasingly, Ontarians are discovering the benefits of fresh, local food for our health, economy and environment. Ontario’s once grassroots local food movement is becoming a bigger world reality in settings like hospitals, long term care homes, schools, universities and child care centres.
Champions are making tasty local breakfasts a realityRead more
As you may know, the Friends of the Greeneblt Foundation hosted the Global Greenbelts Conference in Toronto, Canada from March 22nd to 24th 2011. The conference brought together a dynamic mix of people from around the world and had successul exchange of information through preseation sessions and discussion regarding to greenbelt issues.Read more
This year marks the fifth annual Tour de Greenbelt. Tour de Greenbelt, is a cycling event for riders to experience the beauty and offerings of Ontario’s Greenbelt. This year, the Tour was held at Rouge Park, conveniently located close to downtown Toronto. With 12k, 25k, 50k, 75k, and 100k routes and stops at Bob Hunter Memorial Park, Reesor Family Home, and Whittamore’s Farm riders were set for a fun-filled day.Read more