On February 28, 2005, the Ontario Government established a provincial greenbelt, adding one million acres of farmland and environmentally sensitive areas to the already protected Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine. Now a world-class model for preservation, Ontario’s Greenbelt is the largest of its kind, spanning more than 1.8 million acres of protected forest, farmlands, and wetlands, and continues to grow.
Shortly after the Greenbelt’s creation, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation was established. A non-profit organization, the Foundation operates independently from the government to coordinate and fund activities that bolster the richness of life in the Greenbelt. From supporting Niagara’s world-renowned viticulture, to promoting stewardship in agriculture, and restoring 4,700 acres of the most biologically rich wetlands in the country, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has funded and leveraged more than $43 million in innovative projects since 2006. Together with our grantees, we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all Ontarians for today and tomorrow.
In 2010, the Greenbelt Fund was created to support the Foundation’s mission of enhancing and supporting agriculture in the Greenbelt and throughout Ontario. The Fund delivers support to farmers and local food leaders to ensure more Ontario food is served and distributed through our public institutions, retail, and foodservice markets including hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities. Helping to overcome challenges and support economic growth, the Fund’s goal is to create systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food consumed in the province through grants, education, policy, and networking initiatives.
Get involved with the OFAH Green Youth Program today or DONATE to The Greenbelt Foundation directly here.