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Happy Endangered Species Day! Today is a day to raise awareness about species that are endangered, and to promote their conservation for the future. To celebrate this day, here is a quick overview of the endangered species that have been observed on OFT protected properties. Butternut The Butternut is a medium sized, deciduous tree that...

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Murray’s Story

April 20, 2020

Dear Friends of Farmland, Please enjoy the story below, about one of our easement donor’s heritage in agriculture and the journey that led him to the decision to protect his farmland, forever. Although I grew up on a farm just outside of Lucknow, and enjoyed my childhood days working on the farm, I never thought...

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Soil Sealing

April 14, 2020

Soil, and especially agricultural soil, is one of our most valuable non-renewable resources. We depend on it for food, for fibre that helps produce clothing, and even for fuel. Even so, we continue to lose farmland and soil to non-agricultural uses like urban sprawl. One of the biggest impacts of urban sprawl is soil sealing....

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A Farm in Springtime

April 9, 2020

There’s nothing quite like a farm in springtime. When the sun begins to warm up the ground, and the days gradually lengthen. The pace on the farm speeds up and all around there are signs that one of the busiest times of the year is upon us. There is rain, there is sunshine, there is...

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Dear Friends of Farmland, I hope you, your friends, and families are well during these extraordinary times. Many questions are surfacing around the future and what that is going to look like after the effects of a pandemic situation like this. We are asking many of the same questions. What does this mean for our...

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A Message from OFT

March 17, 2020

Dear Friends of Farmland, We want to reach out during these uncertain times with an update regarding OFT activities. Many of you may have already heard that we made the decision last week to cancel our 2020 Farmland Forum. This was the best decision for the safety of our attendees, presenters, volunteers, staff, and the...

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A Family Farm Forever

March 9, 2020

Nestled in a corner of Prince Edward County, Ontario is a picturesque, 210-acre family farm in its sixth generation. The organic farm grows hay and heritage grains like rye, red fife wheat, and buckwheat. The grains are sold to a bakery in Toronto that uses them to bake fresh bread. This helps to support a...

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Land-use planning and policies help to protect farmland throughout Ontario, however we are still losing farmland at an alarming rate. When farmland is lost, it fragments the agricultural land base, prevents farmers from being able to access other properties, or even farm necessities such as processors for their products. The Agricultural System was designed to...

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OFT is Hiring Summer Students

February 21, 2020

OFT is hiring two students for the summer. Are you passionate about local food and farming and want to make a difference in communities across Ontario? Then, this might be the position for you! Job Description – Farmland Program Assistant: The Summer Students will work with OFT’s Executive Director, staff, and volunteers. A large portion...

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Ontario’s land-use planning policies help to protect the province’s farmland and ensure the viability of Ontario’s agricultural industry. Even so, farmland is still being lost at an alarming rate. Throughout the entire province farmland faces pressure from urban development and sprawl, however different areas experience higher levels of development pressure than others. For example, as...

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