Why is farmland protection so important? What innovative solutions for farmland protection are being implemented across Ontario? How can we get involved? Whether you are a farmer, a decision maker, or a community member, the Ontario Farmland Trust hopes these winter webinars will deepen your understanding of farmland loss and offer ideas to bring to your local communities.
Stay tuned for more dates and topics coming soon!
Zoom webinar links and call in information will be distributed the week prior to the webinars. The webinar will be recorded and distributed afterwards to all registrants. Any questions or comments, please reach out to Tamara at email@example.com.
All webinars are free! A donation upon registration is welcome so that we can continue to offer sessions like these but not required.
October 31st: Balancing Farmland Protection & Housing Supply
The increasing demand for housing supply and affordability in Ontario is leading to pressure on municipalities to develop their shrinking agricultural land base. At the same time, the need to preserve these food-producing landscapes is becoming increasingly critical in the face of climate change. This session explored the challenges and opportunities faced in balancing the need for housing with farmland protection while contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for municipalities.
November 14th: Farmland Forever: An Introduction to Farmland Protection Options
Many farmers are concerned about the future of their land once they pass. Will it stay in agriculture and continue providing food, fuel, and fiber to the community? Will the forests and wetlands continue to provide habitat for local and migrating wildlife? This session introduced participants to their options for protecting farmland with OFT. Working with a land trust offers a number of options to ensure the land you have carefully stewarded stays in agriculture for generations to come.
December 14th: Innovative Approaches to Conservation
Municipal planners and land trusts often work independently and use different systems towards their conservation goals. Both systems have their strengths and challenges and yet the two groups rarely collaborate to effect significant, long-term protection. In this webinar, Ian Attridge, Denise Van Amersfoort and Paul Peterson will explore innovative ways that public policy and conservation easements can work in concert. They will explore examples of how private landowners, land trusts, and municipalities can take collaborative and strategic approaches towards farmland protection and conservation, such as creating eco-corridors, agricultural land preserves, or holding municipal urban boundary lines.
Thursday December 14th, 12 pm – 1 pm, online
This webinar has been supported by the Ken & Debbie Rubin Public Interest Advocacy Fund – Ottawa Community Foundation. Thank you for your commitment to innovative conservation approaches!
January 16th: Land Access Programs: Supporting the Next Generation of Farmers
Join Stacy Brenner, Senior Policy Advisor for Maine Farmland Trust’s land access programs, and Krisztian Varsa, Georgia Farms Fund Program Manager for the Conservation Fund to learn about their organizations’ unique approaches to land access for farmers.
Tuesday January 16th, 12 pm – 1 pm, online
This webinar has been supported by the Ken & Debbie Rubin Public Interest Advocacy Fund – Ottawa Community Foundation. Thank you for your commitment to supporting the next generation of farmers!
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