The Greenbeltfresh Online Marketplace, a Foundation-led initiative, is a cornerstone of our efforts to support the local food economy. The tool is being developed to help growers/ producers find new market opportunities. "Greenbelt Fresh Online Marketplace Launch" will launch the Marketplace website in two "beta" launches and a formal launch.
The “Eat Local Map” project is a collaboration between Environment Hamilton and the City of Hamilton to increase urban residents’ access to local food. The map will list farmers, markets and other retail locations. It educates residents about the importance of local food to their health, the environment, and farm families. The majority of farmers in the Hamilton area are in the Greenbelt. This Map tells the story of the Greenbelt, how it preserves farmland and contributes to a local food system, highlighting the Greenbelt as a protected local food source.
The project begins to implement Durham's Food Charter and shape food policy in the Region by developing a work plan for the regional food sub-committee and by advocating for the creation of a Food Policy Council to ensure there is long term capacity to take action on local food. It is part of a broader strategy to address issues of poverty, health, environmental degradation, economic instability and community safety in Durham Region.
"Beyond Imaginings" is a project by Harbourfront Centre to curate a photography exhibit with a Greenbelt theme, with images and other content to be displayed on 40 outdoor structures at Harbourfront Centre from June 2010 to May 2011. The photos depict all that the Greenbelt offers—a protected and restored natural environment, wildlife, agriculture, and recreation areas.
The "Community Harvest Ontario in the Greenbelt" project increases access to fresh fruit and vegetables for families/people that use food banks by engaging the Greenbelt farm community and urban volunteers. An innovative network of farmers and volunteers work together to grow and glean fresh, nutritious produce that is then distributed to vulnerable populations through Ontario food banks. The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OFAB) recognizes the Greenbelt as a near urban source of fresh foods.
The project develops two local food guides, one for the South Asian Community and one for the Chinese community. The guides inform residents where they can purchase locally grown ethnic foods. The guides also serve as stimulus for Greenbelt farmers to take advantage of a new market opportunity.
The Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (FBSC) coordinates a “Greenbelt Night” with the Oshawa Generals, harnessing the hockey spirit in Durham Region to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Greenbelt. In a fun, friendly setting, the event provides an opportunity to educate the public about the benefits of the Greenbelt.
The event is a celebration of rural heritage in the Greenbelt with a traditional barn dance held in the Holland Marsh area on the evening of January 28, 2010, as part of the celebration of the Greenbelt’s 5th anniversary. The Holland Marsh Growers’ Association (HMGA) will host an authentic “hoe-down” barn dance, complete with a caller, live band, decorations, and Greenbelt-grown food.
The Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA) hosts the 2009 Summit, an event bringing together growers, chefs and proprietors, producers, community leaders, government, and other stakeholders from local food networks across the province, to share best practices in culinary tourism; to learn from each other; and, to plan and prioritize activities for the coming year. The Summit promotes business-to-business connections, creating and promoting culinary tourism in Ontario.
In search of a distribution system, the study incorporates a random phone survey to about 275 Hamilton and Niagara food producers and processors, to assess the need and demand for such a centre.
As a Canadian not-for-profit independent think tank, the George Morris Centre fosters excellence in the agri-products sector by provoking informed dialogue and providing industry decision makers with analyses of critical issues affecting this sector.
In order to thrive, vibrant local food systems and their small and medium producers require infrastructure facilities to store, process, pack, and ship their fare. In line with their mission to foster excellence in the agri-products sector, The George Morris Centre partners with the municipalities of Hamilton and Niagara and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to perform a feasibility study on establishing a local food distribution mechanism in these regions.