The day-long event features top chefs, a farmers' market, workshops, exhibits, and cultural performances, all celebrating Greenbelt foods.
This grass-roots organization creates a food festival and media event with the participation of over 50 Scarborough restaurants. Catering chefs, culinary students and volunteers create the “World’s Largest Multicultural Salad” made from local produce to serve 15,000 people at the Taste of Scarborough Festival on July 7, 2007 and to share with the Second Harvest Food Bank. The 200 foot-long salad incorporates seven distinct cuisines from regions around the world, reflecting Scarborough’s status as Toronto’s most multicultural community.
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.
The My Market project is expected to strengthen the role of farmers’ markets in the Golden Horseshoe’s local urban food system by creating a new model of farmers’ markets that feature 100% real farmers selling what they grow and opening four new certified farmers’ markets (with farmer-only vendors) in City of Toronto locations. A promotional strategy advertises My Markets and the Greenbelt, while recruiting Greenbelt farmers to participate at these markets.
Promotion of fruit wine at farmers’ markets
The project promotes the sale of fruit wines at farmers markets, which requires changes to current provincial legislation.
According to the Niagara Culinary Trail’s “Harvest Calendar”, apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, mushrooms, and onions are available locally almost entirely year round.
The Niagara region offers an abundance of local fruits, veggies, and culinary treats year round. The Niagara Culinary Trail project ensures that visitors have all the information necessary to access and enjoy farm-fresh local products, linking agriculture, tourism and food to promote sustainable cuisine in the Niagara Greenbelt region.
As the first agritourism trail of its kind in the Greenbelt, the project focuses on three main activities: increased culinary tourism, an “Eat Healthy, Eat Local” educational campaign, and a business training and marketing development program for local culinary business owners. It engages a vibrant agricultural and food service community in the Niagara specialty crop area of the Greenbelt, fostering a shared vision for local agriculture and encouraging mutual support between the culinary and farming communities.
Only 11% of Canada’s land can support agricultural production, and Ontario boasts 52% of all of Canada’s class 1 farmland.
The Ontario Farmland Trust is an organization devoted to protecting and promoting Ontario farmland by working directly with farmers, rural communities and other interested parties.
Keeping Greenbelt Farmland in Farming involves a major campaign to encourage the donation of agricultural easements throughout the Greenbelt, aiming to establish three easements in year one, seven in year two and ten in year three. The Ontario Farmland Trust aims to impact the policy and planning process, communicating the importance of retaining active farming, local food and enjoying the countryside.
The OFVGA is comprised of 28 member organizations representing more than 7,500 farmers throughout the province.
This economic impact study is the ﬁrst of its kind, looking at the Greenbelt as an agricultural region within Ontario through an in-depth picture of the fruit and vegetable industry in this near-urban agricultural area. The study examines the economic viability of the industry and the impacts of recent changes in land use legislation. It also looks to future opportunities, in particular the economic signiﬁcance of having eight million consumers within driving distance and how farmers might beneﬁt from this rural-urban relationship.
The sponsorship program supports a diversity of cultural festivals across the Greenbelt.
The 17th Annual Niagara Peach Festival showcases the peach industry for one day in August. The Festival is extra special this year, with an expansion of the ‘Peach of an Evening’ event held on the Thursday evening prior to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Peach Festival. The event promotes tourism in Niagara-on-the-Lake and builds awareness of the peach industry. The goals are to develop the demand for local produce, solidify strong relationships with growers, increase business involvement and visitors' length of stay. The Festival draws thousands of visitors each year.