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I am a soil particle.  I am the backbone of a farmer’s field. Together with my mineral, fungi, bacteria and soil microorganism friends we help provide nutrients for plant growth, absorb and hold rainwater for use during dryer periods, filter and buffer potential pollutants from leaving our fields, and serve as a firm foundation for...

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What do you think is in store for farming and farmland protection in Ontario? At this year’s Farmland Forum, in Orillia Ontario, over 120 planners, councillors, students, and academics presented and discussed this very question. Our morning Keynote Speaker, Dan Longboat of Trent University, spoke to visitors about an Indigenous perspective of farming and farmland...

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Toronto, ON – The Neptis Foundation, an independent planning think tank released a new report today that looks at disturbing trends in land use planning in rural towns and villages across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Region. The report shows that rural communities, including those in places such as Simcoe County, are being targeted for...

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The Ontario Greenbelt Plan has been in the news a lot lately, with the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review set to wrap up this spring. This review process has worked hard to update the Province’s four region-wide land use plans that coordinate urban growth, while also protecting agriculture and environmental features in the Greater Golden...

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Summer students will work closely with Ontario Farmland Trust’s Executive Director, staff, and volunteers to increase our membership base, attend events and promote our mission. Click here for more information. Help us protect farmland forever and apply today!          ...

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Participate in our photo contest and tell us why you love farmland. Here’s how: Post a photo on your social media showing us why you love farmland. Use the hashtag #OFTFarmlandLove Post your photo by Feb 28th to be entered to win a ticket to our 2017 Farmland Forum. Photos shared with the OFT may...

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OFT is pleased to announce that together with your support, we have permanently protected our 12th Ontario farm. The 90.2 acre farm, located within Guelph-Eramosa Township, contains many important agricultural and ecological features that are now preserved forever. An easement agreement was placed on the property by the Ontario Farmland Trust in late November. The farm produces a...

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November has been a historic moment for farmland protection in Ontario. For the first time, all of the province’s major farm organizations, representing some 52,000 farms and 78,000 farmers, have come together to call on the provincial government to freeze urban boundaries to prevent urban sprawl and protect farmland within the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH)....

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Every year, the “country takes on the city” for just over a week long event in Toronto.  If the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is something you’ve never been to before, make sure to add it to the to-do list for next Fall!  We’re sure many people have already started a countdown started for next year. ...

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Have you been driving through the countryside in the past couple of months? With spectacular fall views of trees changing colour, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and farmers harvesting their crops it’s easy to see how farmland brings a sense of identity to Ontarians. However, the agriculture and agri-food industry does a lot more than just...

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