Greenbelt Fund News

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

Whole Grain Hearth video on how they make their Red Fife Bread

Whole Wheat Hearth, a Greenbelt Fund grantee, has made a video on how they make their red fife bread.


Food Literacy Attitude and Awareness Report

An extension of its Six by Sixteen food literacy project, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture has published a report on food literacy attitude and awareness.

The report focuses on three specific demographics: parents with kids at home, early millennials (age 18-26), and teenagers.

Some thematic findings include:

  • Cost and convenience key factors impacting food consumption
  • Teens are not involved in family meal planning and preparation
  • Teens have limited cooking skills
  • Social media and the internet are perceived as credible sources of information
  • Limited knowledge of Ontario agriculture and local food production

Read Food Literacy Attitude And Awareness Research Report.


Presentations from Local Food Symposium Opening Plenary Panel

Redefining Local Food Systems

The Greenbelt Fund Local Food Symposium opened with a plenary panel featuring Jim Barham, of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service at the USDA, and John Fisk, of the Wallace Center at Winrock International, moderated by Michael von Massow of the University of Guelph. 

Presenting on local food systems including food hub networks, clusters and value chain coordination, John and Jim provided great insights into how Ontario's local food system can grow over the next decade. 

To learn more, download their presentations below:

Value Chain Coordination in Regional Food Economies - John Fisk PhD

Getting to Scale: Food Hub Networks and Innovation Clusters - Jim Barham PhD


Letter to Stakeholders from CEO Edward McDonnell

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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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Procuring Local Food in Schools Tipsheet

Want to start introducing local food into your school but don't know where to start?

Sustain Ontario has published a tipsheet on where and how your school can take the first step in bring local produce & products to your school's cafeteria.

Read Tips For Procuring Local Food In Schools


Toronto Star Features Women in Local Food

Ahead of the Greenbelt Fund Local Food Symposium, the Toronto Star featured the women in the local food and agriculture movement in Ontario. From the National Farmers Union to Roots to Harvest, women are making their mark on the agri-food sector.

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Dan Munshaw Receives Local Food Champion Award from Greenbelt Fund

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November 9, 2017

DAN MUNSHAW RECEIVES LOCAL FOOD CHAMPION AWARD FROM GREENBELT FUND
Local Food Champion Award presented to Dan Munshaw at Local Food Symposium

At the Greenbelt Fund Local Food Symposium on November 8, Dan Munshaw received the Local Food Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in advocating for local food and changing the culture and priorities of the City of Thunder Bay to embrace local in the procurement process. The award was presented by Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal.

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Flanagan Foodservice and Local Line Receive Local Food Champion Award from Greenbelt Fund

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November 9, 2017

FLANAGAN FOODSERVICE AND LOCAL LINE RECEIVE LOCAL FOOD CHAMPION AWARD FROM GREENBELT FUND
Local Food Champion Award presented to Flanagan Foodservice and Local Line at Local Food Symposium

At the Greenbelt Fund Local Food Symposium on November 8, Flanagan Foodservice and Local Line received the Local Food Champion Award in recognition of their partnership to increase local food offerings to Flanagan Foodservice customers using Local Line’s online ordering platform. The award was presented by Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal.

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Mohawk College Receives Local Food Champion Award from Greenbelt Fund

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November 9, 2017

MOHAWK COLLEGE RECEIVES LOCAL FOOD CHAMPION AWARD FROM GREENBELT FUND
Local Food Champion Award presented to Mohawk College at Local Food Symposium

At the Greenbelt Fund Local Food Symposium on November 8, Mohawk College received the Local Food Champion Award in recognition of its outstanding leadership in identifying and addressing systemic barriers to getting more local food into Ontario colleges. The award was presented by Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal.

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Greenbelt Fund Local Food Symposium Convenes Leading Experts at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

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November 8, 2017

GREENBELT FUND LOCAL FOOD SYMPOSIUM CONVENES LEADING EXPERTS AT ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR
Symposium brings stakeholders to the table to talk innovation and local food

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