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Provincial Policy Update

February 20, 2019

Schedule 10 Removed From Bill 66! As a result of the collective action of agricultural and environmental groups, their many supporters, and municipal leaders, Schedule 10 has been removed from Bill 66. Schedule 10’s removal is a huge win for everyone who advocates for farmland protection but we know that our work is far from over. Proposed Growth...

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Farmland Program Assistant (2 positions available) Job Duties: The Summer Student will work with OFT’s Executive Director, staff, and volunteers. We are currently focusing on increasing our membership base; a large portion of the student’s responsibilities will include attending events and promoting our mission through outreach. Job duties will include: Community Outreach & Engagement (70%) –...

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Throughout February and March, the Ontario Farmland Trust is partnering with organizations around the Greater Golden Horseshoe to host info sessions/Q&As about farmland protection tools and strategies. The Ontario Farmland Trust will be discussing topics that include: – How provincial policies (i.e. the Greenbelt and Growth Plan) protect farmland – How farmland protection benefits farmers...

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New Greenbelt Factsheet

December 3, 2018

One of the main objectives of Ontario’s Greenbelt is to permanently protect some of the best farmland in Canada. This protection provides a number of benefits to farmers, the agricultural sector, and Ontario’s food security now and into the future. From the Greenbelt Plan (2017): “The Greenbelt Plan, together with the ORMCP [Oak Ridges Moraine...

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Until recently, I owned a 90-acre organic farm just outside of Guelph. This farm has special value for agriculture because it has some of the best soil in Ontario (Guelph loam), it has abundant water, and it’s close to large urban food markets in nearby Toronto and Guelph. I loved, and still do love, this...

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I ♥ Farmland: Pam’s Story

November 20, 2018

Living on Lake Simcoe in an area so rich and diverse in terms of agricultural land has led me to pursue my interest in learning more about farmland. This led me to the Ontario Farmland Trust as I strongly believe in the core value of protecting farmland and its ecological value. My career involved working...

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Despite a late introduction to agriculture, I’m well and truly hooked. Over the past decade, I have been fortunate enough to work on a farm, be on both sides of the stall at farmers markets in Ontario and Newfoundland, and complete university research with farming communities. As Ontario Farmland Trust’s Policy & Land Program Assistant,...

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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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