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On June 9th, Ontario Farmland Trust ventured to the Town of Mono to talk about our mission and how we use Farmland Easement Agreements to permanently protect farmland. We were joined by other land trusts, council members, and a group of enthusiastic residents from Mono, Mulmur, Melancthon, and Caledon who were keen to learn more...

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Join the Ontario Farmland Trust at our Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, June 20th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the University of Guelph Arboretum. Following the formal members’ meeting, we will hear from Mary Delaney of Land Over Landings about the highlights of the recently released report, “A Future for the Lands: Economic Impact of Remaining Pickering...

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OFT is pleased to announce and welcome three new people to our team.  Sarah and Danielle are joining the organization as Farmland Program Assistants for the summer while Heather is the new Policy and Land Program Assistant. Sarah, Danielle, and Heather will be working alongside OFT’s Executive Director, staff, and volunteers to promote our mission....

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Are you interested in supporting the protection of farmland in Ontario? Do you have fundraising, financial, communications, agriculture, land use planning, real estate, or other business experience? Why not consider joining the volunteer team of Board Members at the Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT). The OFT is a registered charity and active member of the Ontario...

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103 planners, Councillors, farmers, and supporters gathered in Prince Edward County for the 14th Annual Farmland Forum. It was an engaging day as we explored planning tools for protecting farmland and supporting farm viability. Highlights include hearing about how BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve has protected over 4.6 million hectares of land for agricultural purposes in...

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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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