Greenbelt Fund News

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

Applications Open for Funding for Farmers Through Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network

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October 26, 2017

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR FUNDING FOR FARMERS THROUGH GREENBELT FARMERS’ MARKET NETWORK
Partners in Production Cost-Sharing Program Supported by Greenbelt Fund

The Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network (GBFMN) is now accepting applications from farmers in and around Ontario’s Greenbelt for the 2017 Partners in Production Program. The Program provides funding for farmers to invest in equipment to bring new or improved products to market.

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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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Toronto Star Features Farmers and Farming for Ag Week

"The agri-food sector is the backbone of Ontario - both historically and economically. Beyond the variety of food products that are grown, raised and produced in the province, the ag-food sector is creating quality jobs and driving the economy"

- Vawn Himmelsbach writing for the Toronto Star

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Ontario Government Helping Promote VQA Wines in Metro Grocery Stores

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October 6, 2017

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HELPING PROMOTE VQA WINES IN METRO GROCERY STORES
New funding supports Local Food Investment Fund Project

Toronto – To cap off Ontario Agriculture Week celebrations, MPP for Beaches-East York Arthur Potts announced that the Ontario government is providing the Grape Growers of Ontario with $20,000 in funding to implement their “We Grow the Wines You Love” campaign.

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Ontario Government Helping Get More Local Food on Ontarian's Plates in Northumberland

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October 6, 2017

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HELPING GET MORE LOCAL FOOD ON ONTARIAN’S PLATES
New funding supports Local Food Investment Fund project in Northumberland County

Colborne – To cap off Ontario Agriculture Week celebrations, Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland—Quinte West announced that the Ontario government is providing the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) with $32,400 in funding through the Local Food Investment Fund.

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2017 | Huron Business Development Corporation

Local Food in Local Schools, South Huron $10,000

Huron Business Development Corporation will pilot an Ontario student nutrition program in partnership with three to four South Huron schools, sourcing its fruits and vegetables from area farms. Locally-grown produce will be processed at a local community kitchen and aggregated at a local food bank. Student, teacher and project partner surveys will be conducted to assess the efficacy and value of the pilot. The project will generate $6,000 in local food purchases and create one part-time job.


2017 | FoodShare

South to North Good Food Distribution: Northern Food Justice in Motion, Toronto $60,000

FoodShare will reboot its northern food distribution program, which delivers affordable, fresh produce to remote northern communities experiencing food insecurity including Moose Factory, Fort Albany, Moosonee, and Attawapiskat. The project will strengthen consumer relationships between northeastern Ontario communities with southern Ontario growers, and is forecast to increase local food sales by $120,000 in the first year.


2017 | On the Move Organics

Local Food, Ready to Eat, London $20,000

As the only organic online home delivery service and food hub aggregator in London, On the Move Organics will expand its ready-to-eat product line to include 30 new meals. The project is expected to increase local food sales by $320,000 and expand market opportunities for 40 small-sized family farms.


2017 | Ripple Farms

Local Lime and Capacity Building, Toronto $15,000

Ripple Farms will establish a new growing facility on Seneca College’s Newnham campus to grow lime basil for its new “local lime syrup,” which will be processed at Food Starter’s commercial kitchen. Ripple Farms will also train four staff to become certified food handlers to process the lime basil into syrup. Additionally, Ripple Farms will investigate sustainable packaging and labeling of its new syrup. The project is expected to generate $120,000 of local food sales during the project duration and create two full-time and two part-time jobs.


2017 | Bell's Edge Farm

Specialty Butter and Ghee, Harriston $10,000

Bell’s Edge Farm will purchase packaging equipment to optimize the production of local flavoured butter and ghee, while developing new products under their flavoured butter line. Bell’s Edge Farm is currently the only purveyor of ghee and flavoured butter sourced from Canadian ingredients. Bell’s Edge Farm forecasts an increase of $152,625 in local food sales during the project’s duration and will create two full-time and three part-time jobs.