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Ontario’s farmland is an essential resource in Canada. Farmland helps shape our identity and provides Canadians with a sense of place. The unfortunate reality is that Ontario currently loses 175 acres of farmland a day (Statistics Canada, 2016). This rate of farmland loss is unsustainable and increased efforts are necessary to establish an equitable balance...

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The Coordinated Land Use Planning Review has wrapped up and the four provincial plans have been updated and released. These updated plans contain policies on the Agricultural System, a region-wide system that supports the consistent protection of farmland and the agri-food sector’s viability. In July, the Province opened up three Agricultural System products for consultation....

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Find Fresh Local Food

October 10, 2017

Did you know that Ontario’s Greenbelt works to protect our environmental, social, and economic interests in farmland and other features? The Greenbelt currently protects 856,000 acres of prime agricultural farmland from urban development and gives a sense of security to farmers in their long-term investment in the land. The protection and preservation of this farmland...

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Hello, my name is Chopper, and I am a common snapping turtle living on a farm in Oxford County. I have been here for a long time and I would like to share my story with you. I live in a forest and wetland area on the farm in shallow waters where I can stay...

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Cow Appreciation Day!

July 10, 2017

Did you know that Ontario Farmland Trust protects 4 farms that raise beef or dairy cattle? We ‘herd’ you would be interested in some ‘a-moo-sing’ facts on cattle farming in Ontario so you can see how important the beef and dairy industries are to our agricultural sector and to the provincial economy. Currently, the beef...

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2017 AGM a Success

July 10, 2017

The 2017 Annual General Meeting was a success, all thanks to Ontario Farmland Trust’s supporters, staff, and dedicated board members, along with the hospitality of the rare Charitable Research Reserve. The event began with our formal Annual General Meeting which was lead by several board members. Our Chair, Norman Ragetlie, celebrated his last meeting with Ontario Farmland Trust....

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This family farm is a beautiful 175-acre farm located in Simcoe County. It is home to Dolly the llama who would like to share her story with you: Hello, My name is Dolly Llama, and I live on a 175-acre farm near Collingwood, ON. I live on this farm with my extended family of humans, animals, plants,...

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OFT is pleased to welcome its newest Farmland Program Assistant to the team for a work placement during the months of July and into August. Andrew is excited to contribute to the promotion and advancement of OFT’s mission. He will be a representative of OFT at community events. He will also be working on fundraising...

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We are bringing back this important video from Hellman’s Eat Real, Eat Local Campaign. This message continues to be as important today as when the video was first released. We continue to lose important farmland in Ontario every day. Without local farmland there will not be any local food. Help us protect local farmland for...

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Join us for our annual members meeting on Wednesday, June 21st from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We are hosting the AGM at the rare Charitable Research Reserve – 768 Blair Road, Cambridge Attend our AGM, and enjoy lunch while meeting OFT members and the Board of Directors. To finish the day, explore rare’s diverse landscape with...

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