[getsmart-l] inviting planners and supporters to learn about farmland protection and regional food system development

John O'Gorman jcogorman at sympatico.ca
Fri Jun 4 15:44:21 EDT 2010

York Region

Wednesday June 16, 9:00-11:30am

Location: Thornhill Community Centre, 7755 Bayview Avenue in Thornhill

To reserve your spot email info at ontariofarmlandtrust.ca, or call (519) 824-4120 x 52686.

PDF flyer

The cost for the workshops is $15 which includes a print copy of the guide and refreshments.

Planning Regional Food Systems - Workshops

In partnership with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Ontario Farmland Trust is presenting five workshops across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, inviting planners to learn about farmland protection and regional food system development. The Farmland Trust has developed a guide for municipal planning and development that explores: updating Official Plans and zoning bylaws, coordinating Agricultural Advisory Committees, investing in rural capacity and connecting urban markets with local farms. The workshops will review the guide and food planning issues in Ontario and provide the opportunity to apply specific material to individual contexts in small group settings with expert facilitators. The workshops will allow participants  to share experiences that will drive further education and research.

Who's Invited

Public and private planners from all tiers; municipal, county and provincial are invited. 

Audiences will be limited to 24 people to keep small group sessions intimate and productive.

Local OMAFRA representatives will be invited to join in the discussion.

Desired Outcomes
OFT and OPPI are offering innovative tools to Planners working in, or interested in, the field of Regional Food System Planning. The workshops will be a venue for teaching, applying new knowledge, sharing relevant experience and gathering information for further research.

For more information email info at ontariofarmlandtrust.ca, or call (519) 824-4120 x 52686.

About the Facilitator

Margaret Walton is Partner and Senior Planner with Planscape Consulting. She has 25 years of experience in community and land use planning for municipalities, government agencies and private clients, and is considered to be a leading expert on issues related to agriculture in urbanizing areas. Her practice incorporates private and public sector projects, planning for recreational areas and analysis of agricultural issues and focuses on promoting protection and management of this essential land use in the face of development pressures.
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