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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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OFT received some great news to kick-off 2016: the Ontario Trillium Foundation will be investing $374,000 in OFT program development over the next three years. This “Grow” grant will boost our human resources and allow us to expand our current farmland easement pilot initiatives into a more sustainable province-wide Farmland Protection Program that empowers farmers and...

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The much anticipated report “Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041”, summarizing the review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan has just been released. The coordinated review was led by an Advisory Panel chaired by the...

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Give the Gift of Farmland!

December 15, 2015

This holiday, give the gift of farmland to your friends and loved ones, and support the Farmland Trust’s efforts to protect Ontario Farmland Forever. This year, with your support, we reached a major milestone of protecting ten farms and 1000 acres. Together we can protect more Ontario farmland in 2016. Your year-end gift of $50,...

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