Greenbelt

Getting local food into our public institutions

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund are spearheading the grants and two other initiatives in an effort to connect Ontario’s farmers with public institutions like daycares, schools, hospitals, universities and long term care facilities. Ontariofresh.ca, a new business to business website is being launched this fall to link buyers and sellers […]

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Thermal blanket helps lower greenhouse energy costs

Farmers are looking at many different solutions for dealing with rising energy costs. For one greenhouse grower, the answer lies with a new technology, a thermal blanket installation, which is expected to lower his energy costs by about one-third. Gerard Schouwenaar of Orchard Park Growers, a St. Catharines-area flower producer, retrofitted a 30,000 sq ft […]

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Ontario’s Salad Bowl – at a Cineplex near you!

My husband and I went to the movies on Friday night – and during the ever longer pre-movie showcase of commercials and ads, I was quite pleasantly surprised to see one featuring the Holland Marsh and Ontario farmer Jason Verkaik. Verkaik owns Carron Farms near Bradford, where he grows a wide variety of vegetables, although […]

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Trail signs highlight “green” farming

A series of hiking trail signs highlighting environmental accomplishments by farmers are being unveiled today in the Greenbelt. The signs have been installed along popular hiking trails in the Greenbelt – an area of permanently protected farmland, forests, wetlands and greenspace in southern Ontario – as a way of showcasing the many environmental advancements made […]

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