Why is farmland protection so important? What innovative solutions for farmland protection are being implemented across Ontario? How can we get involved? Whether you are a farmer, a municipal councillor, land use planner, or a community member, the Ontario Farmland Trust hopes these winter webinars will deepen your understanding of farmland loss and offer ideas to bring to your local communities.

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Upcoming Webinars

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December 12th, 2024, 12pm – 1pm: Species at Risk on Farms: What you Might See and How to Find Them

Farms can be incredible habitat for many species, including species at risk. Join the Ontario Farmland Trust for an exploration of the main species at risk you might see on a farm in Ontario. We’ll review what habitat to find them in, how to identify them and more.

January 16th, 2025, 12pm – 1pm: Farming with Conservation in Mind

Join the Ontario Farmland Trust to learn about some best management practices for supporting conservation and biodiversity on your farms. 

Past Webinars

Land Access Programs: Supporting the Next Generation of Farmers (Jan 2024)

Hear Brett Sykes, Senior Project Manager and Assistant Director for Maine Farmland Trust’s Farmland Protection programs, and Krisztian Varsa, Georgia Farms Fund Program Manager for the Conservation Fund share about their organizations’ unique approaches to land access for farmers. 

Innovative Approaches to Conservation: Opportunities for Municipalities, Land Trusts and Private Landowners (Dec 2023)

Municipal planners and land trusts often work independently and use different systems towards their conservation goals. Both systems have their strengths and challenges and yet the two groups rarely collaborate to effect significant, long-term protection. In this webinar, Ian Attridge, Denise Van Amersfoort and Paul Peterson explored innovative ways that public policy and conservation easements can work in concert. How can private landowners, land trusts, and municipalities can take collaborative and strategic approaches towards farmland protection and conservation?

Farmland Forever: An Introduction to Farmland Protection Options (Nov 2023)

Many farmers are concerned about the future of their land once they pass. Will it stay in agriculture and continue providing food, fuel, and fiber to the community? Will the forests and wetlands continue to provide habitat for local and migrating wildlife? This session introduced participants to their options for protecting farmland with OFT. Working with a land trust offers a number of options to ensure the land you have carefully stewarded stays in agriculture for generations to come.

Balancing Farmland Protection & Housing Supply Concerns (Oct 2023)

The increasing demand for housing supply and affordability in Ontario is leading to pressure on municipalities to develop their shrinking agricultural land base. At the same time, the need to preserve these food-producing landscapes is becoming increasingly critical in the face of climate change.  This session explored the challenges and opportunities faced in balancing the need for housing with farmland protection while contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for municipalities. 

Lunch & Learn – Impacts of the New Proposed Provincial Planning Statement: Lot Creation Policies (May 2023)

On May 17th, OFT held for a lunch and learn with Dr. Wayne Caldwell, Professor in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph, and Dr. Pam Duesling, General Manager of Development Services in the County of Brant. Hosted by Margaret Walton, Ontario Farmland Trust Board Member and a Senior Associate in the planning firm, Planscape. We discussed the changes proposed in the new Ontario Provincial Planning Statement, particularly around proposals to change the severance policy, the potential impacts of these changes to Ontario’s agricultural sector and rural communities.