What we do
The Ontario Farmland Trust works to protect and preserve farmland and associated agricultural, natural and cultural features of Ontario's countryside by:
- Acquiring farmland or interests in farmland.
- Providing research and education about the value, management, use and protection of farmland.
- Receiving, managing and disbursing funds, donations and bequests that will help protect Ontario farmland.
- Fostering cooperation with other individuals and groups who are interested in farmland protection.
Working alongside farmers, rural landowners, community groups and municipalities to permanently protect land for agriculture by accepting donations of land and establishing farmland conservation easement agreements on public and private lands.
Improving provincial policy to further the protection of farmland and the business of farming
Bringing awareness to the urgent need for action to protect Ontario's best farmlands. This includes research, reports, newsletters, presentations and campaigns.
Feature Campaigns & Initiatives
Matching new farmers who are looking for land or mentorship, with farm owners who have land available or expertise to share. This online 'match-maker' tool was developed in collaboration with FarmStart and the Kawartha Heritage Conservancy.
Reaching out to municipalities, planners and the broader public through workshops and new resources, with a unique look at the protection of farmland within regaional agricutlural and food system development.
Improving tax incentives that will better enable farmers to protect their for agriculture through farmland conservation easement agreements and land donations to land trusts.