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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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Help Protect This Farm

May 12, 2015

The Ontario Farmland Trust has just begun work to protect this 12th farm in Ontario. This 90 acre property falls between Guelph and Erin, and has diverse agricultural and natural features, including Class 1 farmland, forest, natural springs and provincially-significant wetlands. The farm is a mix of hay fields, pasture and market gardening, with several new...

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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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