Fast Mobilization of farmers and allies
National Farmers Union - Ontario
$25,000 (10 months)
The National Farmers Union (NFU-O) will engage farm members and allies in Provincial consultations to grow the Greenbelt to protect important water systems. The NFU-O has a membership of 1,500 farm families, 500 in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The organization will engage its Local member organizations and encourage participation in the consultations through their AGMs, the upcoming provincial convention and individual support. The NFU-O will also work with community groups in Brant County to expand on the province’s study area in that location.
Farmland Protecting through Greenbelt Expansion
Ontario Farmland Trust
$8,050 (3 months)
The project enables Ontario Farmland Trust (OTF) to develop a technical submission for the Greenbelt expansion consultations that links water systems to the long-term health and viability of agriculture in the Outer Ring. A clearer picture of this relationship, along with potential stressors, will be used to engage farmers in discussions on Greenbelt expansion and enable OTF to work with experts to develop policy recommendations for their submission, including the addition of lands beyond the study areas. Funding will also provide OTF with the capacity to actively support Greenbelt expansion by attending and speaking at community meetings, directly engaging farmers and farm associations, attending the provincial Open Houses, and meeting with the government.
Engaging stakeholders in the ecological/organic agriculture sector in Greenbelt Expansion Consultations
Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
$8,080 (three months)
The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), in partnership with the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO), will engage the ecological/organic farming community in the provincial consultations to expand the Greenbelt and protect water systems. Together the organizations have a combined membership of 1,280 farmers across Ontario and 500 in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The partners will support and facilitate understanding of the issues among farmers and facilitate their attendance at Open Houses; and, individual submissions.
Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network 2017
$30,000 (1 year)
This project continues to support the Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network to expand, innovate, and provide professional development to market managers.
2017 Celebrity Luncheon
Grape Growers of Ontario
$15,000 (1 year)
The 2017 Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon features Colonel Chris Hadfield, and showcases locally produced food and wine.
Protecting Farmland in Brant County
$2,000 (1 year)
This project supports local efforts to protect farmland in Brant County and raise awareness about the Greenbelt.
Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network 2016
$73,082 (1 year)
The Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network will continue to make it easier for Ontarians to buy locally grown food, by supporting innovation among market vendors and increasing sales and attendance through loyalty programs and other measures.
Farming in Ontario's Greeneblt
$2,500 (1 year)
Sustainable Cobourg will host an event to educate residents and stakeholders about farming in the Greenbelt.
Georgina Harvest Dinner 2016
Town of Georgina
$2,000 (1 year)
The Georgina Harvest Dinner is an annual celebration of Greenbelt-grown produce, and the farmers that provide us with our food.
Study on Land Use Planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and its Impact on the Future of Agriculture
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
$25,000 (1 year)
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture will partner with Environmental Defence to produce a study on farmland protection outside the Greenbelt, and identify policy tools to improve preservation.