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.
Some of the Greenbelt Fund team at the Ontariofresh.ca booth in the Ontario Pavilion. From left to right: Franco Naccarato, Chloe Brown, Megan Hunter, and Andreea Nicoara.
On the first weekend of March, the nation’s largest tradeshow for restaurants and foodservice took place in Toronto. Hundreds of exhibitors gathered at the city’s Direct Energy Centre for the annual Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) Show, to offer their goods and services: stoves & fridges, wines & beers, uniforms & food, delivery services & cleaning products—you name it, it was there.Read more
Think about Ottawa for a second. As a Canadian, what probably comes to mind are the iconic images of Parliament Hill, skating on the Rideau Canal, and the ubiquitous Grade 8 class trip.
What about agriculture? Did you know that the City of Ottawa is comprised of over 90 per cent of rural lands, and according to Statistics Canada, home to 1128 farms! This was just some of what we learned about Ottawa’s vibrant network of growers and producers when I visited Carleton University and joined their chefs and students for a tour of the farms and fields of Ottawa.Read more
When you think of a farmers’ market you might picture a mix of tents and tables in the centre of town, with farmers busy setting up their stalls in the predawn hours of a Saturday morning. Or perhaps you might envision a big historical building like Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market, filled with vendors who have been there for years.
But what if you could buy fresh, local Ontario food at the hospital?Read more
Next time you go to Milton, check out Country Heritage Park. It’s just a couple of kilometers west of the Highway 25 exit along the 401.
The Country Heritage Park, formerly the Ontario Agricultural Museum, is home to many important historical artifacts that represent Ontario’s rural history including the country’s largest collection of tractors. Each year, they host the Antique Tractor and Toy show; this past show included a 1930s David Brown tractor, which was a hit for tractor enthusiasts!Read more
For the past 4 years, the U of T food services has commandeered Willcocks Commons and showcased the best of fresh Ontario food at its Field to Fork Festival. This year was extra special, because the event also celebrated the launch of the UeaT Take the Local Food Challenge initiative, whereby students sign up and pledge to buy, eat, and request local food on campus, and off.Read more
Last week, on July 10th 2013, our usual Wednesday Greenbelt staff lunch turned into a recipe testing and tasting when I whipped up a few of the fabulous recipes developed by the City of Toronto for their city-run daycare centresand served them up to our staff. With support from the Greenbelt Fund, the City of Toronto created 14 healthy, veggie-infused recipes, loaded with lots of fresh, local Ontario-sourced food. After being taste-tested by four hundred kids who gave them thumbs-up for taste, we thought we would give them a try. Would our staff be as gung-ho as the kids were?Read more
MORE FRESH, LOCAL ONTARIO FOOD COMING TO A CAFETERIA NEAR YOU
Greenbelt Fund Leads the Way for Local Food, Continues Grant ProgramRead more
Job ID #130401 - Grant Specialist
The Greenbelt Fund and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation are non-profit organizations created to support Ontario’s Greenbelt. The organizations fund projects that strengthen the viability and sustainability of agriculture and create a richer, greener and more robust Greenbelt. To do this, they work in partnership with government, industry and NGOs.
Job ID #130403 Education and Outreach Specialist
The Greenbelt Fund is a non-profit organization created to support and enhance the viability, integrity and sustainability of agriculture in Ontario’s Greenbelt and beyond. The Fund works in partnership with government, industry, and NGOs to provide grants and promote local food to the broader public sector.Read more