By: South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC), Toronto
On September 15, members of the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC) travelled to Farintosh Farms in the Greenbelt, providing women with the opportunity to pick vegetables at the farm for a low cost. It was an adventurous day for SAWC’s group of newcomers. Close to forty eager participants of all ages joined us on the trip. Bizhan Roshan and Brenna Owen of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation tagged along.
Bizhan Roshan with members of the SAWC
In 2015, the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network (GBFMN) collaborated with Informa Market Research, visiting 30 network markets and interviewing 82 farmers, as well as 26 other market vendors. Results were compared with GBFMN’s 2009 survey to learn about growth and change in the sector. This study is intended to assist farmers’ market vendors and organizers, and inspire the interest and support of market shoppers and funders.Read more
Supporting Niagara’s Local Food Culture
$6,100 (1 year)
Greening Niagara will hold a series of Greenbelt-themed walks to engage local residents in the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review and build support for local food and farmland preservation.
Farmland At Risk (4 MB)
Farming in the Greater Golden Horseshoe has important economic and ecological benefits. Farmland at Risk, co-produced by Environmental Defence and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, calls for improved land-use planning that views farmland as essential to the region – not as development land-in-waiting. The report outlines that Ontario needs to do a better job protecting farmland and helping farmers thrive.Read more
Guest speakers alongside former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. L-R: Foundation Chair and Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Partner Rod Northey; Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith; Former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty; Foundation CEO Burkhard Mausberg; and Former Mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCallion.
Regardless of where you live in Ontario, you will likely have a strong opinion about Dalton McGuinty's time as Premier. His departure from politics wasn’t entirely smooth. But headlines notwithstanding, Mr. McGuinty has been called "Canada’s greenest premier ever." This is no small part due to his study of biology as an undergraduate student, and with that his understanding of ecosystems and commitment to environmental protection.Read more
Given that this year was the Greenbelt’s 10th anniversary, this was an especially important Annual Report for us, because we had the opportunity to focus on what we've accomplished over the last decade. We also recognized what the Greenbelt Fund has achieved over the last five years in seeking to create sustained and systemic change to the food system.
Pilot Project announcement on October 14 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. From left, Phil Tregunno, chair of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines, Wayne Gates MPP Niagara Falls, Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of Friends of the Greenbelt, Lord Mayor Pat Dart, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Last week the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced a $400,000 investment in the Niagara tender fruit industry.
Not only is it the largest investment we've made in the last five years into the province’s agricultural sector, it will also result in 13,000 new tender fruit trees in Niagara, and is projected to provide an injection of roughly $4 million into Ontario’s economy.
All that to say - we're pretty excited.Read more
What makes a Greenbelt farm successful?
In truth, a lot of different factors. Our newest report, Greenbelt Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Success, identifies some of the most important by profiling a cross-section of nine successful Greenbelt farms.
An in-depth look at nine farming operations revealed that, despite difference in size, type, and operation style, successful Greenbelt farms have some key qualities in common; each farm we profiled revealed farmers that love what they do, are dedicated and persistent, and take an innovative and personal approach to growing their business.
The end of the summer is upon us, which also foreshadows the end of the gardening season. Not to tout my own horn, but I’ve learned a few things about community gardening through overseeing the 2015 growing season of the Greenbelt Foundation's New Canadian Go Greenbelt grant. One of the grant's main purposes was to supply Chinese and South Asian crop seedlings to 14 low-income community gardens found throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
The Greenbelt Route is now a reality — I've ridden it from end to end in both directions, and have found hundreds of ideas for how to explore this stunning near-urban landscape from the seat of my bicycle. There is so much on offer in Ontario’s Greenbelt at this time of year, and the cooler weather in spring and autumn make these shoulder seasons some of the most comfortable times of year to ride a bike. With the bulk of farm crops now coming off the fields, what better time of year for a bicycle farm market tour?Read more