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I know it seems like a slow journey to protect this valuable resource, preserving one farm at a time, and promoting sound and beneficial farmland policy. But, by working together, we are making good progress in farmland protection for our children, and forever. I have been volunteering with Ontario land trusts for many years, and...

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Stop by our Booth

October 17, 2018

OFT will be at a number of AGMs and conferences this fall. We invite you to stop by our booth – we would love to talk with you about your thoughts on farmland protection in Ontario and the Greenbelt Plan. November 18th and 19th – OFA AGM, Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, Ontario December 5th and...

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On Saturday, July 28th, OFT celebrated the permanent protection of the Dean Farm in Wellington County.  There was a wonderful turnout, with over 90 friends, family, and supporters in attendance. The Farm was protected using a Farmland Easement Agreement.  These voluntary Agreements allow OFT to work with landowners to permanently protect farmland by legally restricting...

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OFT recently reviewed and provided recommendations for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs’ Draft Agricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) Guidance Document. These recommendations work to improve the document’s impact and the process’ transparency, benefit, and consistency, which ultimately improves its protection of farmland and the agri-food sector. Overview of the draft document: The Agricultural...

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OFT recently reviewed and provided several recommendations to strengthen the guidance within the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ Draft Guidance on the Municipal Comprehensive Review Process document and their Draft Technical Guidance on the Application of the Intensification and Density Targets document. What the draft documents were about: The Intensification and Density Targets document is a supplementary...

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On Wednesday, June 20th, the Ontario Farmland Trust held their Annual Members’ Meeting at the University of Guelph Arboretum. The morning started with a warm welcome from Guelph MPP-elect Mike Schreiner. He spoke passionately about the importance of preserving Ontario’s farmland, promoting a thriving agri-food sector, and the critical role that land trusts perform. Next,...

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On June 9th, Ontario Farmland Trust ventured to the Town of Mono to talk about our mission and how we use Farmland Easement Agreements to permanently protect farmland. We were joined by other land trusts, council members, and a group of enthusiastic residents from Mono, Mulmur, Melancthon, and Caledon who were keen to learn more...

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Join the Ontario Farmland Trust at our Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, June 20th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the University of Guelph Arboretum. Following the formal members’ meeting, we will hear from Mary Delaney of Land Over Landings about the highlights of the recently released report, “A Future for the Lands: Economic Impact of Remaining Pickering...

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OFT is pleased to announce and welcome three new people to our team.  Sarah and Danielle are joining the organization as Farmland Program Assistants for the summer while Heather is the new Policy and Land Program Assistant. Sarah, Danielle, and Heather will be working alongside OFT’s Executive Director, staff, and volunteers to promote our mission....

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Are you interested in supporting the protection of farmland in Ontario? Do you have fundraising, financial, communications, agriculture, land use planning, real estate, or other business experience? Why not consider joining the volunteer team of Board Members at the Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT). The OFT is a registered charity and active member of the Ontario...

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