Greenbelt Fund News

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

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Ontario Foods Tracking and Point of Sale Survey Project

The Regional Food Grant Program (Broader Public Sector Grant Stream) has awarded over $5 million in grants to fund local food projects across the broader public sector (BPS) value chain. The Education and Outreach Program facilitates the sharing of best practices, provides training and resources, assists in tracking and reporting local food purchasing, and aids in promoting Ontario foods in BPS/OPS institutions. The Education and Outreach strategic plan includes an assessment of 100 BPS foodservice operations and their ability to track and promote Ontario foods.

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June: A Whole Week of Loving Ontario Food

Everyone loves a party, especially one that celebrates fresh and delicious things. In June, we celebrated our first ever Local Food Week. We asked our Local Food Challengers to join us, and our participants across the province put on one heck of a party.

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Talkin’ Local Food with UHN

University Health Network (UHN) is moving full steam ahead with their latest project supported by the Greenbelt Fund. They've started using crowdsourcing to identify creative solutions to help them overcome the main challenges in providing local Ontario food to UHN patients.

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Sowing the Seeds of Health: Stories from the 2014 Local Food Challenge

According to Simon French of Cookstown Greens, there’s a real opportunity to change people’s lives through food.

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A Visit to Y U Ranch

Story by Chloe Brown, Ontariofresh​.ca Program Coordinator

“We’re not a value chain, we’re partners. We share the bounty.” – Bryan Gilvesy, Y U Ranch

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May: Local, Ontario Beef – For Best Results, Enjoy… Raw?

When we think of local food, our thoughts most often default to produce. Of course we love fresh Ontario fruits and vegetables. This is especially true this time of year, when the markets are bursting with rhubarb, asparagus, fresh peas, and fiddleheads. However, there’s more to love than just these seasonal delights – May’s Challenge puts the spotlight on beef! This month, Challengers were asked to come up with a recipe using local beef, a product widely available in Ontario. In fact Ontario produces 20 per cent of all the beef in Canada.

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Collaboration on Local Food in Sudbury

My Sustainable Canada and the Greenbelt Fund present a FREE day-long workshop exploring Collaboration on Local Food in Sudbury.

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Greenbelt Increases Support for Ontario Hops Growers

The Greenbelt Fund is pleased to announce additional support in the amount of $12,500 toBighead Hops in Meaford, Ontario. The announcement was made Wednesday night at Brewers Plate Toronto, a celebration of local food and Ontario Craft Brewers.

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A Trip to the Elmira Produce Auction

What do you get when you combine the quaintness of a country auction with the dynamics of purchasing food for a large institution? Another way to bring more local food into school cafeterias and kitchens!

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April: Ruby-Red Rhubarb Takes the Stage

One of the first signs of the beginning of the growing season in Ontario is the arrival of fresh, ruby-red rhubarb. For the April Challenge, our participants were invited to create a spectacular dish with this vegetable that is most commonly used as a fruit.

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