Greenbelt Fund News

The latest about the Greenbelt Fund, our initiatives and local food community.

Letter to Stakeholders from CEO Edward McDonnell



Edward McDonnell joined the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund as CEO in October 2017, bringing more than 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, public sector executive and senior advisor to a broad range of public sector organizations.

Read his letter introducing himself to our stakeholders below:

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Enhancing Innovation & Accelerating Collaboration | Annual Report

The Greenbelt Fund is changing the way we eat food in Ontario. Our innovative investments get more local food onto the plates of Ontarians. We work with businesses, institutions and NGOs to make Ontario’s farmers the first choice for consumers. 
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The 2017 Brewery Discovery Routes Have Arrived!

Your favourite Brewery Discovery Routes have a 2017 update! Explore nine unique, self-guided craft beer, cider and culinary experiences in the beauty of Ontario and it's protected Greenbelt. This year, four of the routes will take you through some of the Greenbelt's most beautiful spots, from the clear waters of south Georgian Bay to Hamilton's waterfalls and Durham's rolling countryside. Head over to this interactive map to plan your trip!

Plus, the 2017 Brewery Discovery Routes are featured in the May 27th edition of the Toronto Star. Click here to learn about how the craft beverage industry is helping to invigorate local economies. 


24 New Projects Announced with Greenbelt Fund Investment

The Ontario Government is investing over $830,000 in 24 innovative projects bringing more local food to Ontario plates across the Province. Since 2015, the Greenbelt Fund has invested $3.8 million to support 77 projects across Ontario. 

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Funding Opportunity Q&A with Franco Naccarato

Are you thinking about applying for funding to the Local Food Investment Fund? If so, you may want to read this Q&A with Greenbelt Fund Program Manager Franco Naccarato on what makes an application stand out, tips and tricks on improving an application, and more! 

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Q&A with Ontario Federation of Agriculture's Tyler Brooks on their 6x16 Survey

Based on the 6x16 local food literacy initiative that aims to teach teenagers how to plan and prepare 6 nutritious meals by the age of 16, Ontario Federation of Agriculture has created a survey to gauge the knowledge, attitude and awareness of local food of the teenagers and households with children demographic.

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Building the Industry: Paths to Commercialization

On March 2, 2017 - Greenbelt Fund, Agri-Food Management Institute and Food Starter, hosted a half-day session to discuss collaboration on good food and farm businesses, including organizations that support food and farm start-ups, food incubators and accelerators. 
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Grantee Spotlight: FoodShare

With the support of an $80,000 investment from the Greenbelt Fund, FoodShare is engaging with young cooks and inspiring youth to get passionate about local food. We invited FoodShare to submit a guest blog about The Royal High School Chef Competition:

Q & A With Restaurants Canada CEO Shanna Munro

Just in time for the annual Restaurants Canada Show happening at the end of February, we sat down with CEO Shanna Munro to get her take on local food, the foodservice industry, and a sneak peek at the upcoming 2017 Canada Unleashed Show

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Upcoming Workshop - "Building the Industry: Paths to Commercialization"

Click here to view speaker presentations from the January 10, 2017 Greenbelt Fund workshop: Facilitation Connections Along the Local Food Value Chain. 

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