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The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing is seeking feedback on the Greenbelt Plan, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan – the “4-Plan Review.” Comments are due by May 28th. Click here for details. New performance indicator documents the Greenbelt and Growth Plan have been...

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The Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT) is pleased to announce protection of our 10th farm and 1,000th acre! Through a precedent-setting partnership with the Jesuits of Upper Canada, 92 acres of their Ignatius Jesuit Centre has been permanently protected with an OFT easement agreement. Located just north of the City of Guelph, and adjacent to Guelph...

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The 11th annual  Ontario Farmland Forum “Pursuing Diverse & Collaborative Approaches to Farmland Protection”  was ranked as one of our best – connecting with local farmland preservation concerns and opportunities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, discussing provincial policy development, and learning from the Pennsylvania and California approaches to farmland protection. Forum presentations are now on the Ontario Farmland...

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The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has posted on its website Draft Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Areas for review and input. The Guidelines are intended to help interpret the policies in the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement on the range of uses permitted in prime agricultural areas and...

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March 27th will mark the 11th year the Ontario Farmland Trust has hosted a Farmland Forum to discuss emerging farmland protection concerns. And, the 2015 Ontario Farmland Forum, Pursuing Diverse & Collaborative Approaches to Farmland Protection, is going to be the best yet! The 2015 Forum will feature two innovative models of farmland protection from the...

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OFT is pleased to embark on a new research and education initiative in 2015 that will support innovative, farmer-led approaches to farmland protection, and uncover creative new ways to integrate farmland protection into farm business and farm succession planning. Thanks to support from a Growing Forward 2 grant, the Farmland Easement Innovation Project will allow...

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Building a Food Strategy

January 27, 2015

OFT is participating in the first of a series of events focusing on a Food Strategy for Wellington County and Guelph. “Building a Food Strategy” is hosted by The Guelph-Wellington Food Round Table (GWFRT) and Ontario Public Interest Research Group-Guelph (OPIRG). Matt Setzkorn, OFTs Executive Director will talk about the need for farmland protection as he lends ideas...

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On November 20th, friends of farmland from across Ontario gathered at Country Heritage Park in Milton to celebrate OFT’s 10th Anniversary. It was a great   evening, complete with a local food feast, music by Norman Liota, and a humorous talk by playwright Dan Needles, on “land, community, and lost sheep”!     Proceeds from the...

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Read about OFT’s progress protecting Ontario agriculture over the past decade Download and read the newsletter here.  ...

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Momentum is building for improved farmland protection in Ontario, and friends of farmland will soon be gathering to celebrate a decade of progress as part of the Ontario Farmland Trust’s (OFT) 10th Anniversary event in November. “This is an event for farmers and the agricultural community, conservationists, local food advocates, municipal representatives, volunteers and rural...

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