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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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The Region of Waterloo is hosting a community forum on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.for individuals and organizations interested in exploring the possibility of establishing a community-based conservation land trust within the region. OFT’s Executive Director, Matt Setzkorn will be speaking about OFT and the importance of protecting farmland. Other speakers...

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The following statement was released by Mark Wales, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture: In 2011, the Harper government committed to creating a national urban park in Ontario – a huge area enveloping the Rouge River Valley in the GTA that happens to include more than 7,600 acres that’s mostly Class 1 farmland. Currently, the area within...

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Ontario Farmland Trust has been invited to participate in a Rehabilitation Information Working Group as part of the next phase of the Aggregate Resources Act review. In March 2012 the Standing Committee on General Government, an all-party committee of the Ontario legislature, was asked to review the Aggregate Resources Act and subsequently tabled its consensus report in...

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Farmland protection is making the news. With the current rate of farmland loss at over 350 acres per day in Ontario, organizations are speaking out on the need to protect this valuable resource before it is gone. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) has stated in a recent commentary that the preservation of Ontario’s...

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