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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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The Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) recommendations to government on the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review are now available. The provincial policy review process has been ongoing since February 2015, and includes: (1) the Greenbelt Plan, (2) the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, (3) the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and (4) the Niagara...

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On October 19th – 21st, the Ontario Farmland Trust attended the Ontario Land Trust Alliance’s (OLTA) annual 3 day gathering in Orillia, Ontario. OLTA is a charity that supports and builds on the land trust movement by guiding Ontario’s land trusts as they work to protect land. This year, OLTA’s annual event titled ‘Inspiring Conservation...

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OFT is excited to announce new funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support the development of a partnership model for managing protected farmlands. This funding is part of the Seed grant stream and will help provide OFT with the ‘seed’ capacity needed to explore partnership models with two other land trust organizations: the Bruce...

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A new report called ‘Growing the Green, Protecting the Blue’, created by a number of local community groups proposes expanding the Greenbelt Plan to protect the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s (GGH) water resources. The Greenbelt Plan, a regional land use plan, works to permanently protect significant agricultural, ecological, and hydrological lands within the province. It is...

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A new University research project sets out to measure and document the conversion of prime farmland in Ontario. Prime agricultural land in Ontario is continuously under threat from non-farm development despite provincial policies and municipal policy objectives of protecting farmland resources in the long term. Farmland loss is a growing concern, given the necessary and...

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OFT is pleased to announce and welcome our new Executive Director, Kathryn Enders. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Brock University, and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo.  She recently completed a certificate in Management and Leadership at Laurier University. She spent eight years working for...

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Jane’s Walks occur in many cities and towns and are named after urban planner Jane Jacobs who encouraged the development of walkable communities. On May 6, a group including OFT Board Member and Chair of the Land Securement Committee, Larry Rosevear participated in a Jane’s Walk through the Maitland Woods and John Hindmarsh Trail. This...

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The Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) is growing its farmland protection program across Ontario and we are looking for a Farmland Protection Program Assistant to support this work. The Farmland Protection Program Assistant will work closely with OFT’s Manager, Strategic Programs and Policy, Board members, and volunteers. Job duties will include: – assisting in identifying key farmlands...

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