Upcoming Farmland Protection Presentations

The Ontario Farmland Trust is partnering with organizations around the Greater Golden Horseshoe to host info sessions/Q&As about farmland protection tools and strategies.

The Ontario Farmland Trust will be discussing topics that include:

  • How provincial policies (i.e. the Greenbelt and Growth Plan) protect farmland
  • How farmland protection benefits farmers and the agri-food sector
  • Farmland Easement Agreements

**Check back for additional dates and locations**

Presentation Dates & Location

May 27th – Baxter Creek Golf Club, 1702 Cedar Valley Road, Fraserville, ON  K0L 1V0 (near Peterborough)
dessert and coffee at 6:30pm, presentations start at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

OFT is partnering with Farms At Work to talk about the value of protecting farmland. The evening will feature a presentation by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture about the cost of providing municipal services for farmland vs. residential land using a case study from Ontario and a presentation by OFT about the tools and strategies available to protect farmland, including provincial policies and Farmland Easement Agreements.

This is a FREE event – please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-value-of-protecting-farmland-tickets-61272745431?fbclid=IwAR2YF0BHp2dPsEgp4b_tNrbcHceCyQSHc4OkjAwyHSpmJyyZAccnISui6a8

June 4th – Midhurst United Church, 90 Doran Road, Midhurst, ON  L0L 1X0 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

OFT is partnering with the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition to talk about the importance of farmland protection, some of the threats farmland is facing, and how provincial policies and Farmland Easement Agreements are used to protect farmland.

This is a free event. All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP at our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/347102309275917/

June 8th – Pine Grove United Church, 4200 Concession Road 7, Uxbridge, ON  L9P  1R4 – 10:00am – 11:30am

OFT will be speaking at the Green Durham Association’s Annual General Meeting.
All are welcome to attend the AGM and OFT’s presentation will begin at roughly 11am with time for questions afterwards.

Past Presentations:

April 4th – Langford Schoolhouse, 1694 Colborne St. E., Brantford – 6:30 – 9:00pm 

OFT is joined by the Langford Conservancy to host an info session discussing the Greenbelt and Growth Plan policies and the use of Farmland Easement Agreements to protect farmland. FarmLINK will also be attending to give a presentation about farmer/land linking and their work. The evening will wrap up with a new farmer/landowner mixer.

To RSVP, contact Ella Haley at: info@betterbrant.ca OR 226-802-2801. For more information, see our poster:

April 10th – Schomberg Community Hall (lower level), 325 Main St., Schomberg – 7:00 – 9:00pm

OFT is joined by the Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT) to talk about local farmland concerns and the tools available to protect farmland, including: the Greenbelt, Growth Plan, and Farmland Easement Agreements. FarmLINK will also present about farmer/land linking and their work.

For more information, see our poster:

February 13th – Langford Schoolhouse, 1694 Colborne St. E., Brantford – 6:30 – 9:00pm

OFT is joined by Better Brant to host an info session discussing the Greenbelt and Growth Plan policies and the use of Farmland Easement Agreements to protect farmland. The evening will wrap up with a new farmer/landowner mixer led by Better Brant.

For more information and to RSVP, visit: https://betterbrant.ca/2019/02/07/whats-happening-in-your-backyard/

February 21st – Puslinch Community Centre, Alf Hales Room, 23 Brock Rd. S., Puslinch – 6:30 – 8:30pm

OFT is joined by the Wellington Water Watchers to discuss threats to farmland and water resources in Wellington County and tools/strategies available for protection.

For more information and to RSVP, visit: https://wellingtonwaterwatchers.nationbuilder.com/protecting_farmland_and_water

February 25th – St. Paul’s United Church Auditorium, 48 Broadway St. W., Paris – 6:30 – 9:00pm

OFT is joined by Better Brant, retired planner Victor Doyle, and Ayla Fenton of Young Agrarians, for an evening panel and presentations on provincial policies and land access for new farmers. The evening will wrap up with a new farmer/landowner mix led by Better Brant.

For more information and to RSVP, visit: https://betterbrant.ca/2019/02/07/whats-happening-in-your-backyard/

February 27th – Cookstown Public Library Community Room, 20 Church St., Cookstown – 6:30 – 8:00pm

OFT is joined by NFU-O Local 347 president Ian Payne to discuss local threats to farmland and the strategies/tools available to protect it. All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, see our poster:

February 28th – March 1st  – Central Ontario Agricultural Conference, Georgian College, Barrie

OFT will be exhibiting at the Central Ontario Agricultural Conference (COAC). Be sure to drop by, say hello, and bring any questions you may have about farmland protection, the Greenbelt, and Farmland Easement Agreements.

More information on the COAC is available at: https://www.centralontarioagconference.ca/

March 7th – Winterberry Heights Church, Fellowship Room, 300 Winterberry Dr., Stoney Creek – 6:30 – 8:30pm

OFT is partnering with Environment Hamilton to discuss local whitebelt lands and the role of provincial policies, Farmland Easement Agreements, and other tools in protecting farmland.

For more information, see our poster:

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