I know lots of people wear sunscreen to work each day, but I usually don’t. However on July 15th I clearly should have as I traveled to Markham to speak as a part of a panel of organizers and funders and be a part of celebrating a Community Harvest Launch Event – where something special was in the air.
A good conference results in the depletion of vitamin D, the sunlight vitamin. A fantastic conference causes you to toss your dream of attending a Detroit Tigers game. And that's what is happening to me at the US Farm To School Conference. Everyone is here from all facets of the food system in US schools and everyone has a story. After 10 years here is what we can aspire to in a short period of time: - there is a program in every State, and the Farm To School network supports 10,000 projects at the local, regional, and national level:Read more
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation today celebrates the launch Greenbeltfresh.ca, an online database of Greenbelt farm products designed to help meet consumer demand for local food and help Greenbelt farmers find new market opportunities.
Free and easy to use, this online tool supports the building of regional food networks in the densely populated Greater Golden Horseshoe and beyond. Commercial buyers can source their requirements by tapping into listings for over 600 farms, while individual consumers can use the Marketplace to find fresh food from local farmers’ markets, on-farm markets, pick-your-owns and more.
The site also features delicious local and seasonal recipes by some of Ontario’s greatest chefs, including Jason Parsons from Peller Estates and Jeff Crump, author of the recently published cookbook Earth to Table.Read more
Councillors Erin Shapero and Valerie Burke are leading the charge in Markham to preserve quality agricultural land from being paved over.Read more
Locavore News — Ontario
Plumbline by Elbert van Donkersgoed
Perspectives on good food and farming
March 31, 2010
The Holland Marsh is one of the best Greenbelt success stories: a community of growers working together to move from an export focus to one centred on the growing interest in eating locally.
There is no better place to celebrate the Greenbelt’s upcoming Fifth Anniversary than with the Holland Marsh Growers. Please join us this Thursday January 28, 2010 from 6-9pm at WaterStone Estate and Farms 17900 Dufferin Street, Newmarket. There will be great local food and drink and even some square dancing.Read more
The Christian Farmers considers the preservation of prime farmland in Ontario to be essential to the long-term success of farmers in this province, both for this and future generations. The Greenbelt that was put in place in 2005 is in many ways the prototype for what could be a successful land-use policy for agriculture throughout the entire province. However, it must be demonstrated that the Greenbelt Plan has had a positive impact not just for agriculture land, but also for the farmers that are working the land.When we consider the Greenbelt Plan, its primary functions are the following:Read more
This is the Buy Local Presentation by Art Smith, CEO of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. I would like to thank you for the invitation to speak at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair about an issue that is strongly being pushed by the organization I represent, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association – a provincial lobby organization composed of 28 individual fruit and vegetable grower groups and marketing boards, with a total farmer membership of more than 7,500, and an economic value estimated in the billions of dollars.
The question of sustainability crosses many jurisdictions: economic, environmental, health, food safety, food security, rural life, and alternative land use.Read more
The Greenbelt Plan recognizes the importance of trails to the quality of life of Ontarians. This report looks at the Ontario Trails Strategy, the economic opportunities, challenges and acquisition options. This report also explores several case studies. [The fourth installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.] "Greenbelt Walks: An Overview of the Opportunities and Challenges of Major Trails in the Greenbelt" by Jessica Bartram, Susan Lloyd Swail and Burkhard Mausberg.Read more
Town & Country would like to introduce you to Ontario's bountiful agricultural communities in the Greenbelt. From the farmers that feed us to the markets where we shake hands over delicious local produce, discover the wonders growing in our backyard.
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