The goal of the Brampton Farmers’ Market project is to increase the visibility of the market and market booth by building a Market Information tent, a community use/entertainment tent, and installing better visual signage to direct customers to these areas. The Market is also building awareness of Ontario’s Greenbelt by incorporating joint branding by purchasing tents and a 20-foot tall telescopic sky flags with logos of the Foundation and the Market. Improvements to the appearance of the market will help increase the food literacy and education amongst consumers.
VO Kids draws in almost 4 million viewers every week, with the TVO Greenbelt Adventure television program reaching an average of 715,000 viewers per week.
Our children will play a key role in shaping the future of the Greenbelt and maintaining it for generations to come, so TVO Kids is playing a vital role in its preservation by recruiting thousands of children to jump in to the Amazing Greenbelt Adventure.
Children and their parents around Ontario are experiencing the Greenbelt through an awareness and education project aimed at children aged 5-11. The project includes multimedia programming on the popular and educational TVOKids show and website, short video vignettes introduce Greenbelt treasures, and special events. The aim is for children and their families to become inspired to protect the Greenbelt and maintain it for a bright and healthy future.
"I hadn’t realized the disconnection between us and the efforts of farmers to grow our food. And even a wider gap of what it takes to grow organically and sustainably. Cooking professionally never taught me this, ten minutes on a farm did." - Edmund Rek, Chefs' Market Manager
Sitting in the center of downtown Toronto, the historic Don Valley Brickworks is undergoing a transformation from abandoned industrial site into a lively environmental centre and a burgeoning source for local foods.
Chefs have long been interested in sourcing local ingredients for their menus because of the unparalleled taste and freshness. The Greenbelt Depot at the Don Valley Brick Works fills an infrastructure gap in the local food system by establishing a weekly wholesale market where Greenbelt farmers and Toronto chefs can do business. The Depot also hosts public education activities and events on food and farming, and serves as a hub for farmers and chefs to meet and discuss current food trends, strengthening the bond between producers and chefs.
Everdale farms’ “train the trainer” workshops provide insight to farmers on how to transform their farms into living classrooms.
Reaching out to over 100,000 children and adults a month, FoodShare Toronto is a community food security organization which subsidizes fresh produce distribution, workshops and nutrition programs. FoodShare Toronto works in conjunction with Everdale, an organic farm and environmental learning center, to build a local food culture for kids.
Connecting kids with food is a natural and interactive way to introduce them to the splendor of their local landscape. In order to show young people about all aspects of their food system, the Greenbelt and eating local foods, students visit Everdale Farm, where farmers and schools in the Greenbelt work together to enhance foods skills and cultivate a food ethic. They explore and interact in the FoodShare Toronto kitchen, tasting the bounty of local products and creating meals with them.
The 17th Annual Organic Advocates Feast of Fields event promotes local farmers, chefs, and value-added food and beverage producers, through an interactive farm tour, a farmers' market and demonstrations. The underlying theme of Feast of Fields is the connection between those who grow our food and those who eat it, and the interdependency of all living things. Participants visit booths throughout the grounds sampling regional cuisine, beer and wine and learn about farmers markets, ecological issues and organics.
The project promotes long-term tenancy agreements between landowners and farmers looking for land to farm that will lead to environmental and economic investments into the land. Materials will educate landowners about tenancy farming and the tax benefits for landowners with productive farmland. Other materials will educate landowners about farm stewardship programs, land easements, and tenancy contracts.
A “Taste of Ontario's Greenbelt” area at the Green Living Show features different culinary regions in the Greenbelt and a cooking stage offers visitors the chance to learn different seasonal cooking recipes from well-known chefs. Local celebrity chefs, such as Jamie Kennedy, prepare dishes with Greenbelt-grown and produced ingredients.
"Slow Food Maple Syrup Tasting Event" is the first in a taste education series. The maple syrup tasting takes place at Hart House farm in the Greenbelt, followed by a pancake brunch prepared by JK Wine Bar chef Tobey Nemeth and a tour of the sugar bush and production facilities.
AGCare, a coalition of farm organizations committed to communicating about agriculture and the environment, and the Ontario Farm Animal Council, which provides information on animal care, environment and food safety, celebrated their 20th Anniversary with an annual meeting and celebration on April 17th, 2008.
EcoSource’s Go Ontario! Granola Bars feature no additives, preservatives or trans-fats, and 100% Ontario-grown cranberries, apples, cherries, oats and honey.
Simple changes in daily habits can add up to large reductions in our environmental impact. EcoSource, a youth and family-oriented organization devoted to promoting environmentally friendly lifestyle choices, brings LFP-certified food and education programs to the Peel District School Board.
The Peel District School Board may become the first in Ontario to offer Greenbelt and other locally grown food to all of the students and staff in its 232 elementary, secondary and culinary arts schools, creating a substantial and sustainable market for Greenbelt farmers interested in supplying produce to the local area. This program provides an important forum for education with classroom visits and farm activities, forging a connection between a whole new generation and the farmers and land that feed them.