Did you know?
Enough carrots are grown in the Holland Marsh to provide every man, woman and child in Canada with four pounds every year.
Where is the Greenbelt?
Greenbelt stretches 325 km from Rice Lake in Northumberland County to the Niagara River and is about 80 kilometers wide at its widest point.
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Ontario's Greenbelt is a world-leading law that preserves prime farmland and green spaces around the Greater Golden Horseshoe and is vital to the quality of life of Ontario. The Greenbelt's 1.8 million acres (728,000 hectares) encompasses the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, agricultural land, pristine forests, wetlands and watersheds, and hundreds of rural towns and villages. It gives us clean water and healthy local food. It's bigger than P.E.I. and, in fact, is the largest Greenbelt in the world.
It saves Ontario taxpayers $2.6 billion per year in environmental services like water filtration and waste treatment. And it provides $5.4 billion to Ontario's economy through farming and its food production.
Over 90% of Ontarians believe the Greenbelt is one of the most important contributions to the future of our Province, and 93% strongly support it. If you live in Southern Ontario or anywhere in the Golden Horseshoe from Niagara to Durham and Northumberland to Lake Simcoe, the Greenbelt is close to you - close enough for an easy day trip. You can see road signs and trail markers indicating when you are in the Greenbelt. There are also detailed maps, reports and a wealth of other materials available at www.greenbelt.ca
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. The Foundation was created to help foster our Greenbelt's possibilities by nurturing and supporting activities that preserve its environment and agricultural integrity.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is dedicated to promoting and sustaining the Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature, enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Ontario.
Our vision is a vibrant and healthy Greenbelt with a protected and restored natural environment, a strong and successful rural countryside, a robust agricultural sector and a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.
The Foundation is an influential voice for change in Ontario and is critical to the future success of our Greenbelt - which has been recognized as a model for the world. Together with its grantees the Foundation is successfully building sustainable food systems and economies, improving environmental farm practices, protecting essential services and resources, and encouraging local tourism and healthy outdoor activities for all Ontarians.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, independent from the Province of Ontario.To learn more please visit www.greenbelt.ca.
GreenbeltFresh.ca is funded by and managed by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and is an exciting example of the Foundation's efforts to support and enhance the agricultural sector by opening up new markets and increasing connections between buyers and sellers.