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Jane’s Walks occur in many cities and towns and are named after urban planner Jane Jacobs who encouraged the development of walkable communities. On May 6, a group including OFT Board Member and Chair of the Land Securement Committee, Larry Rosevear participated in a Jane’s Walk through the Maitland Woods and John Hindmarsh Trail. This...

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The Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) is growing its farmland protection program across Ontario and we are looking for a Farmland Protection Program Assistant to support this work. The Farmland Protection Program Assistant will work closely with OFT’s Manager, Strategic Programs and Policy, Board members, and volunteers. Job duties will include: – assisting in identifying key farmlands...

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Help OFT win $10,000!

June 1, 2016

Every dollar donated on the OFT funding page through Canada Helps in the month of June will enter us in a draw to win $10,000. What would we do with $10,000? We would complete the 13th farmland protection easement we are currently working on, and help protect another 90 acres of Ontario farmland along with endangered...

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In February of 2015 a coordinated review of the four provincial plans began in response to the input and recommendations of the report “Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015-2041.” This report outlined the immense pressure the Greater Golden Horseshoe is under as it is Canada’s fastest growing region. It...

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Join us for our annual members meeting and farm tour on Saturday, June 11th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We are hosting the AGM at the heritage Scotsdale Farm property – 13807 Trafalgar Road North, Ballinafad. Enjoy meeting new OFT members and the board of Directors, sharing refreshments, and exploring the protected farm property. Please let us...

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It is an exciting time for the Ontario Farmland Trust – a time of transition and growth. OFT is pleased to announce two major developments: 1. A significant investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in our Farmland Protection Program, and 2. The search for a new Executive Director. Over the coming months OFT will be transitioning...

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The 12th annual Ontario Farmland Forum was held April 8th, 2016 at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener. Over 140 planners, Councillors, conservationists, farmers and students attended this year’s forum, which focused on how we can work together to strengthen farmland and agricultural planning, policy development, and grassroots, permanent land protection initiatives in Ontario. This year’s theme Farmland...

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OFT was invited to speak at the the recent CFFO Provincial Council meeting in March. Here is a post that CFFO prepared based on that presentation. Land use policy, especially as it relates to farmland, is coming under greater scrutiny as Ontario continues to grow, and our urban areas continue to expand. Two speakers at the...

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2016 Farmland Forum

January 12, 2016

A day of networking, sharing, and learning about the policy innovation & practical actions helping to make Farmland Forever a reality in Ontario.  Join us for presentations & discussion on: – Provincial priorities for farmland protection – Case studies of leading land protection initiatives – Ontario’s cap & trade initiative – Inspiring land protection stories...

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