Greenbelt Fund News

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

Sip, Savour and Support Local Food and Drink this Holiday Season


The holiday season is upon us! No matter how you celebrate, one common theme resonates with us all: food.

Whether you have taken on the brave task of hosting a large meal or you plan to contribute to an office potluck or a dinner party, finding and preparing the right food, drink and gifts can be an arduous journey. Skip the guesswork! Giving the gift of local always tastes as good as it feels, and the Greenbelt Fund is here to help.

Discover the bounty of Ontario food and drink while exploring some of the best local farmers, producers and retailers below as you plan your holiday ‘feast’ivities!

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Increasing Local Food in the Broader Public Sector

On Tuesday, November 27th, the Greenbelt Fund hosted an interactive workshop to support Municipalities, School Boards and Post-secondary Institutions in their local food procurement goals and actions.

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Ontario's Local Food Revolution Gets Boost with New OntarioFresh Platform


November 29, 2018


Greenbelt Fund launches new and improved with technology partner Local Line

Ontario’s largest local food network connecting buyers, sellers and processors has undergone a major upgrade. The Greenbelt Fund has launched the upgraded platform with improved functionality and design – and the platform continues to be free, as always.

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Local Food Procurement Course

Mohawk College has developed an online course in Local Food Procurement designed for professionals working in a foodservice setting at public institutions to grow their local food and sustainable procurement knowledge, and learn strategies for identifying, procuring and promoting local foods. Learn more about the course and register online at:

Breaking Down Local Food Barriers: Food Forward Contracts in Thunder Bay

As far back as 2008, the City of Thunder Bay has been working to strengthen and connect their local food system to their municipally-run facilities. The City has emerged as a leader in food systems planning in the province, having adopted the Thunder Bay Food Charter, the Community Environmental Action Plan, a Community Garden Policy and supported the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy.

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Local Food Solutions Vol. 18

People: Food Hubs and Aggregators

It can require too much additional effort for distributors and foodservice companies to work with multiple, smaller suppliers to source local food.

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Grocery Innovations Canada

Grocery Innovations Canada

On October 23 and 24, the Greenbelt Fund and exhibited at Grocery Innovations Canada—a two-day speciality B2B show in Toronto with over 5,600 attendees networking, and finding new business and new products within the grocery trade.

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A 'Royal' Rendezvous


From November 2-11, 2018, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair celebrated 96 years of getting ‘agri-cultured’, showcasing the best in agriculture, local food and equestrian competitions from across the country.

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Webinar: Commercial Kitchens, Incubators and Accelerators

The Greenbelt Fund has partnered with the U.S. National Good Food Network on a series of local food and value chain coordination webinars.

The third in the series explores how food incubators, commercial or community kitchens, and accelerators provide spaces for ‘food-preneurs’ to incubate, grow and prosperous.

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Local Food Solutions Vol. 17

Access: Rebates 101

Rebates can create supplier lock-in by providing deep discounts to customers. 

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