The Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization, supports and enhances the viability, integrity, and sustainability of agriculture in Ontario and Ontario’s Greenbelt.
The Fund delivers support to farmers and local food leaders to ensure more of the good things that grow in Ontario are being served and distributed through our public institutions, retail, and foodservice markets. 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.
The Fund is supported by public and private sources. For more information about the program and grants visit Ontariofresh.ca. For more information on local food visit foodlandontario.ca. For a copy of our annual report, click here.
The Fund focuses on four areas of engagement:
Regional Food Grant Program:
The Regional Food Grant Program has two streams providing financial support to farmers and local food leaders all with the common goal to increase the amount of local food consumed in Ontario.
Broader Public Sector Grant Stream
Focuses on increasing the amount of Ontario food purchased by public institutions such as hospitals, universities, municipal daycares and long-term care facilities, and more.
Market Access Grant Stream
Focuses on increasing market access for small-to-medium sized farmers and processors in order to increase local food choices in grocery stores and restaurants, and public institutions such as hospitals, schools, and cafeterias.
Local Food Education and Outreach:
The Greenbelt Fund increases awareness and understanding of local food issues from farm-to-fork. The Fund provides training tools and resource materials to assist public institutions in identifying, tracking, purchasing, and promoting local food. By sharing success stories and best practices, the Fund provides encouragement to a broad spectrum of food organizations, and ensures local food purchasing continues to expand in the public sector and beyond.
Local Food Policy:
The Greenbelt Fund undertakes analysis of policies and regulations that affect the amount of local Ontario food consumed in the province. The Fund also publishes a series of Green Papers, which address key barriers associated with large-scale local food sourcing.
Local Food Networks:
Creating connections between farmers and local food leaders is the key to moving more local Ontario food throughout the province. The Fund creates these links through a variety of projects including Ontariofresh.ca, the only province-wide online marketing service where wholesale buyers can source a diverse range and volume of Ontario products.
The Fund’s Regional Food Hub Pilot Project will demonstrate how to link a mainstream distributor with a regional aggregator to source and supply local products to customers in their region, providing small and medium sized farmers with access to markets.
To view the Greenbelt Fund's financial statements, click here.
Hours M-F 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
661 Yonge Street
Main Office: 416-960-0001
Hours M-T, Th-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8560 Tremaine Road
Main Office: 905-875-2077
Franco Naccarato - Milton Office
Communications and Program Manager
Kelly Hughes - Milton Office
Education and Outreach Specialist
Brendan Wylie-Toal - Milton Office
Grant Program Specialist
Ontariofresh.ca is an online network and marketing service designed to help Ontario businesses buy and sell more local food.
We aim to connect the food value chain and get more local food on Ontario plates.