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Happy World Food Day!

October 14, 2020

World Food Day is Friday, October 16th! On this day, we thought it would be fitting to feature a blog post from one of our newest volunteers, Lanre, about his connection to agriculture and food. Please enjoy Lanre’s story below. Not many people develop an early understanding of where our foods come from. Luckily while...

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With Thanksgiving drawing near, many people will be sitting down to large traditional Thanksgiving meals with family. During this time, it is easy to get caught up in the process of preparing the meal, but it is important to remember where the food you are preparing comes from. From the golden roast turkey, to the...

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We’re Hiring!

October 6, 2020

Internship Opportunity – Website Design and Digital Communications Intern Are you? – Knowledgeable about content management systems – Passionate about supporting not-for-profit organizations – Skilled in website design and development – A team-player with a positive attitude and commitment to working cooperatively with others This internship position with the Ontario Farmland Trust might be for...

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Highway 413

October 1, 2020

OFT recently provided feedback on the proposed Highway 413 project and  the impacts it will have on farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) if completed. The GGH is the most populated and fastest-growing region in Canada, and while OFT acknowledges the transportation needs of this growing population, we would also like to stress the...

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Habitat Diversity on Farms

October 1, 2020

World Habitat Day is October 5th! To help celebrate this day our Farmland Ecology Assistant, Christine, has written about some of the awesome diversity she has seen on this year’s site visits. Her writing clearly shows the diversity of habitat that farms are able to offer, and why it is important to celebrate farms on...

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It’s September, and we are entering a new transition period with not only the colder temperatures and changing leaves of Autumn, but another step forward into the cautious re-opening of our province. Some have returned to work while many (such as the OFT staff) remain working remotely, but we are all waiting to see what...

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Ife’s Story

September 8, 2020

It was few days to Christmas, and as usual, prices of food items had gone up. Many times, people would prefer to shop for groceries weeks before Christmas because of the anticipated increase in prices, while those who could not, ended up paying double for most food items. Luckily for my family, we didn’t have...

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Welcome to part two of our blog series on the farm succession crisis in Ontario. In part one, we talked about the factors causing the farm succession crisis, including the farm income crisis, the rising cost of farmland, and farmers’ lack of access to resources they need to help guide them. These factors combined have...

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Minister’s Zoning Orders

August 17, 2020

OFT recently reviewed the use of Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) in Ontario and provided feedback on the potential impacts their use may have on farmland. MZOs were introduced into provincial legislature to allow for the Minister to make decisions over land that had no official plan, and in specific extenuating circumstances when a provincial issue was...

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Welcome Christine!

August 6, 2020

Hello! My name is Christine Dulal-Whiteway and I am working as the Farmland Ecology Assistant at OFT during the month of August and into October. I will predominantly be working with OFT’s Farmland Ecology Intern to assist with farm site visits but also will be conducting farmland research and contributing to OFT’s social media posts,...

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