Farmland is the foundation of Ontario’s agricultural economy, local food, and farming livelihoods. Yet hundreds of thousands of acres of this land is lost every year in the face of sprawling urban areas and intensifying rural development conflicts.
What new tools, partnerships and grassroots approaches can complement or strengthen policies in Ontario that intend to protect farmland in the long-term? Leadership and collaboration among farmers, community members and government is needed to protect our rich agricultural lands in practical ways for the benefit of all Ontarians.
That question was the focus of the 2015 Farmland Forum, and thanks to the participants and engaging presentations from our speakers, OFT’s 11th annual forum was a success!