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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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Through common ground, unconventional collaborative efforts are leading the way for farmland protection, as well as highlighting the importance of the ecosystems farmers work in and therefore, depend upon. A collaborative joint report by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and the Environmental Defence entitled, “Farmland at Risk: Why land-use planning needs improvements for a...

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Soil is the key backbone to Ontario’s farming and agricultural industry. Without productive, healthy soil, there is no viable farmland to grow crops. As soils take ages to form, soil is a limited, yet extremely valuable resource. To honour the significant role and historical importance of soil in the advancement of Ontario’s agri-food industry, the...

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OFT Newsletter

October 30, 2015

News covering OFT’s 1,000 acre milestone, latest farmland protection project, 2015 Forum,  policy submission and ecological restoration at Hindmarsh Farm....

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A recent map posted on the Environmental Defence website here shows the negative impact sprawl is having on valuable farmland. As the map illustrates, from 2002-2014, an overwhelming 75 percent of the land developed was on Class 1  and 2 farmland with the majority (71 percent) being Class 1. As Class 1 and 2 soils are...

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On Saturday, July 11th at the Pickering Recreation Complex, the federal government  announced its plans to expand its contribution of farmland to Rouge National Urban Park, if re-elected. The plan would see the government transfer 21 square kilometres (5,200 acres) of farmland and natural habitat from Transport Canada to Parks Canada. This means that, of the...

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2014 marked an important year for the ecological restoration of Hindmarsh Farm. Protected by an OFT conservation easement in 2009, the site was identified as having significant ecological, agricultural, and recreational features. Ecological restoration efforts were undertaken to improve water flow and protection on site as well as to create and enhance wetland features and...

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On Saturday, June 27th Ontario Farmland Trust Board of Directors, staff, members and supporters gathered  for a farm tour as well as OFT’s 2015 Annual General Meeting. The event was held at a nearby farm between Guelph and Erin that OFT is working to protect. Despite the rain and forceful winds, a strong showing of supporters turned...

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Ignatius Celebration

June 27, 2015

On June 25, 2015th the  Ontario Farmland Trust staff, board members and supporters gathered at Ignatius Farm for an easement celebration to commemorate the permanent protection of 92 acres of land at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre through an easement agreement. This easement will help to limit urban sprawl and provide a buffer for Wellington County farmlands and...

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Join us on Saturday, June 27th for a farm tour and our annual general meeting. • Take a tour of the farm we are working together to protect and learn about the site’s ecology and farming activities • Enjoy afternoon tea and fresh strawberries • Meet the Ontario Farmland Trust Board of Directors, other members...

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