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Join us on Wednesday, June 19th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the University of Guelph Arboretum for our Annual General Meeting. Meet the OFT Board, receive updates on projects from the past year, and enjoy a presentation from Wellington Water Watchers on Bill 71, Paris Galt Moraine. Light lunch and refreshments will be served. Please...

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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 and the agri-food sector...

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The Ontario Farmland Trust is proud to support healthy habitats, biodiversity, and species at risk by permanently protecting farmland and associated natural features, including woodlots, wetlands, grasslands, and rivers. Our properties provide habitat for more than 17 species at risk. We work hard to protect individual properties using Farmland Easement Agreements, but Ontario also needs...

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The Ontario Farmland Trust has an opening for a farmland ecology intern. Job Duties The Farmland Ecology Intern will work closely with OFT’s Executive Director, staff, and volunteers. Job duties will include: Rural Land Stewardship (50%) – Conducting ecological assessments, detailing property geography, ecology, and land uses – Identifying various flora, fauna, and species-at-risk –...

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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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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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