Ontario Farmland Trust presentation April 10/19

Apr 5, 2019

Concerned Citizens of King Township welcomes farmers, land-owners, and all those interested in preserving farmland to an informative meeting on Wednesday, April 10th, 7 – 9 p.m., at the Schomberg Community Hall (lower level), 325 Main Street, Schomberg.

Why do we need to protect Ontario’s farmland?  Ontario has some of the best farmland in Canada.  It produces the greatest diversity of crops in the country.  However, only 5% of the land in Ontario can support farming, and our most productive farmlands are under threat from urban development. 

The 2016 Census of Agriculture shows that every day 175 acres of farmland is converted to other uses or is no longer being farmed.  That’s the equivalent of one average-size Ontario farm disappearing every 48 hours.  Once farmland is developed or converted to some other use, it is gone forever.  Loss of farmland in Ontario is an unsustainable trend with serious environmental, social and economic implications.

The mission of the Ontario Farmland Trust is to protect and preserve Ontario farmlands and associated agricultural, natural and cultural features of the countryside through direct land securement, stewardship, policy research and education for the benefit of Ontarians today and future generatiions.  Our first guest speaker on April 10th is Heather Reid, Policy & Land Program Assistant, Ontario Farmland Trust.

FarmLINK is a national land listing and linking tool designed to connect those looking for land to rent, lease or buy, on farm employment, business partnerships in agriculture, or farm succession arrangements with landowners and retiring farmers who have farmland or other on-farm opportunities.  Our second guest speaker is Anahita Belanger, Marketing Lead, FarmLINK.


https://ontariofarmlandtrust.ca/why-protect-farmland/  

and
https://farmlink.net/whatsfarmlink/

Details:

Schomberg Community Hall
April 10, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
325 Main Street (lower level), Schomberg, ON

Free Event
All are welcome
Light refreshments provided