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Greenbelt foundation seeks nominations


November 19, 2009
By Marg Land


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November
19, 2009, Toronto, Ont. – The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will be
giving its next annual Friend of the Greenbelt Award to up to five
growers/producers who demonstrate leadership, innovation and impact in their
field.



November
19, 2009, Toronto, Ont. – The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will be
giving its next annual Friend of the Greenbelt Award to up to five
growers/producers who demonstrate leadership, innovation and impact in their
field.

The
award is being given to farmers in recognition of the fact that many
growers/producers today are attempting to take agriculture in new and exciting
directions. With more than 55 per cent of the Greenbelt comprised of
agricultural land, that’s a trend worth cheering about.

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“This
year we want the award to celebrate the good things growing in Ontario’s
Greenbelt – not just the food, but the great ideas,” said Burkhard Mausberg,
president of the foundation. “We’re seeing a renaissance in local food and
farming. Many growers and producers are rising to the challenge and
capitalizing on the opportunities in the changing marketplace. We want to
applaud that effort and celebrate their successes.”

Nominations
are now open and continue to Monday January 18, 2010. Forms are available
online at  www.greenbelt.ca. The winners will be
honoured at a ceremony to be held in March of 2010 to mark the fifth
anniversary of the Greenbelt.

Past
recipients of the award include former Premier Bill Davis, musician and
activist Sarah Harmer, Metrolinx chair Rob McIsaac and Martha Shuttleworth,
president and founder of the Neptis Foundation.

The
Greenbelt Foundation has contributed $7.5 million to local food and farming
initiatives in and around the Greenbelt.


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