The Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization, supports and enhances the viability, integrity, and sustainability of agriculture in Ontario and Ontario’s Greenbelt. To visit the Greenbelt Fund website, click here.
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.
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 farms and processors in order to increase local food choices in grocery stores and restaurants, and public institutions such as hospitals, schools, and cafeterias.
Aims to support work that builds on initiatives to address gaps in the existing work to lead towards a stronger local agriculture system
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 Papers, Local Food Solutions, 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.
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
Burkhard Mausberg, CEO
As CEO of both the Greenbelt Fund and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Burkhard is a leader in making Ontario’s Greenbelt a successful and popular initiative.
His background includes positions as CEO of environmental organizations that he transformed and grew into important forces for change in public policy, including Environmental Defence Canada, Great Lakes United, and the Environment Fund. He studied Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo.
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Kathy Macpherson, Vice President
Kathy brings more than 25 years of management, policy and program development, and evaluation experience in Canada and abroad to her role as Vice President. She worked for 11 years in Southeast Asia, including with the World Bank on poverty reduction and directing a CIDA project to help build evidence-based policy development capacity within the Indonesian government. Prior to that Kathy worked in different Ontario ministries and Ministers’ Offices on a range of policy and program reforms.
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Susan Murray, Vice President Communications and Operations
Susan joined the Fund in September 2009 after almost five years as an Account Director with Manifest Communications, one of Canada's premier social marketing agencies. She brings over 15 years of marketing, communications, and branding experience to her role, and has worked in Toronto, New York and Poland for a broad range of clients including the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, OCAD, Artscape, Goodwill, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Baycrest, Ophea, the Arthritis Society and Doctors Without Borders Canada. Susan holds an M.A. in Political Philosophy with a focus on International Negotiations from the University of Toronto, a B.A.H in Political Science from Queen’s University and a diploma in Conflict Management from Columbia University. She volunteers as a mediator at St. Stephen’s Conflict Resolution Service in Toronto.
Franco Naccarato, Program Manager (Milton Office)
Franco joined the Fund upon its inception in September 2010 after almost three years as the Supervisor of Foodservice with Foodland Ontario at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. He brings more than 20 years experience in the food industry, including work in retail, restaurants, and distribution with start-ups in both government and not-for-profit organizations. Franco is active in his local community, and has participated in supporting many events such as Game On: Ball Hockey Tournament for Charity, Milton Stands Strong Against Bullying fundraiser, and Zumba Fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Megan Hunter, Director Engagement and Digital Strategy
Megan joined the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Fund in 2010. She is excited to be working to develop markets for local food in the Greenbelt and throughout the province. Coming from a honey producing family in rural Saskatchewan, Megan has a long history of interest and involvement in environmental and agricultural issues. Megan is a University of Toronto graduate with an HBA in International Relations and Environmental Policy with more than a decade experience in sales, communications, public relations, and foodservice. A self-proclaimed foodie, she enjoys sharing food and drink with friends as well as theatre and dance.
Erica Woods, Communications Manager
Erica joined the Greenbelt Fund in spring 2016, with over 5 years of communications experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was at Toronto City Hall in the office of Councillor Paula Fletcher working to build a green, inclusive and vibrant city. As our communities become more thoughtful about food systems and living sustainably, Erica believes Ontario has the opportunity to support local farmers, reduce our carbon footprint, and live healthier lives. She's jazzed to join the team at the Fund and work together to support all that Ontario farmers have to offer.
Sagal Dualeh, Grant Program Officer
Sagal joined the Greenbelt Fund in November 2015 with nearly five years of experience in the federal Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She’s worked on food value chain roundtables to capitalize on agri-business opportunities; agricultural trade to improve market access and international capacity-building; and, national food-health initiatives to help Canadian food associations bring innovated foods with added-health benefits to market. Sagal holds a Master's degree in International Economics & Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Statistics.
Sam Cheuk, Grants and Special Projects
Sam joined the Greenbelt team in 2014. He has a BA in English literature from University of Toronto and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Previously he taught English literature and creative writing at a number of post-secondary institutions, but his stomach made a grumbly sound and thus local food became the next passion. He is especially interested in food security issues; everyone can use more porcini mushrooms in their lives.
Violet McCrady, Project Coordinator
Erica Woods, Communications Manager