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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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OFT recently reviewed and provided recommendations for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs’ Draft Agricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) Guidance Document. These recommendations work to improve the document’s impact and the process’ transparency, benefit, and consistency, which ultimately improves its protection of farmland and the agri-food sector. Overview of the draft document: The Agricultural...

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OFT recently reviewed and provided several recommendations to strengthen the guidance within the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ Draft Guidance on the Municipal Comprehensive Review Process document and their Draft Technical Guidance on the Application of the Intensification and Density Targets document. What the draft documents were about: The Intensification and Density Targets document is a supplementary...

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On Wednesday, June 20th, the Ontario Farmland Trust held their Annual Members’ Meeting at the University of Guelph Arboretum. The morning started with a warm welcome from Guelph MPP-elect Mike Schreiner. He spoke passionately about the importance of preserving Ontario’s farmland, promoting a thriving agri-food sector, and the critical role that land trusts perform. Next,...

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