Greenbelt has Great Friends in Hamilton and Niagara

HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Eleven of the 25 grants announced today by The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation have special relevance to the Hamilton and Niagara area.

"The Greenbelt is approaching its 5th anniversary stronger than ever. That's in no small part thanks to the creative and determined efforts of our grantees working in Hamilton and Niagara," said Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Foundation. "We're announcing these grants just as harvest season begins to wrap up. But for our grantees the work is just beginning. We look forward to watching their projects bear fruit in the months ahead."

The Hamilton and Niagara-focused grants are:

    Bike Train 2009: Greenbelt Express                           $36,750

    Bike Train will expand on the success of the first season of the Greenbelt
Express, a service for travelers and their bikes between Toronto and the
Niagara area of the Greenbelt, with more trips and enhanced information and
guides on the recreational and tourism opportunities available in the

    Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment                          $25,000

    The Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment will work to protect the
Escarpment's natural heritage through research and education efforts and by
building partnerships with public and private sectors stakeholders,
conservation authorities, and educators.

    George Morris Centre                                         $67,000

    The George Morris Centre will partner with the municipalities of Hamilton
and Niagara to perform a feasibility study on establishing a Greenbelt food
distribution mechanism in these regions.

    Grape Growers of Ontario                                     $20,000

    The Grape Growers of Ontario will continue to host luncheons in 2009 and
2010 to launch the annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, an event attended
by grape growers, wine makers and wine enthusiasts to recognize the
contributions of growers and to celebrate the grapes, soil, and climate that
contribute to Ontario's VQA wines.

    Hamilton Conservation Foundation                             $2,500

    This teaching garden in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, commemorating
former Hamilton Conservation Authority Chief Administrative Officer Bruce
Duncan, will be a place for visitors to observe and feel changes over time in
the natural landscape and the wildlife species native to the valley.

    Environment Hamilton Eat Local                               $50,000

    Environment Hamilton will work with partners to implement local food
procurement systems in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools.

    Lincoln Agricultural Society: Niagara Agri-Education Day     $25,000

    The 150-year old Lincoln County Fair has welcomed a popular new addition
to the festivities with the Niagara Agri-Education Day, an event where school
children can taste, touch, feel and learn about common farming practices in
the Greenbelt.

    Local Food Plus                                              $200,000

    Local Food Plus will work with community partners in Hamilton and St.
Catharines to certify farmers, processors, restaurants and other organizations
as suppliers and consumers of Greenbelt-grown, sustainably-produced food.

    Niagara Escarpment Foundation                                $10,000

    The Niagara Escarpment Foundation lead a process with citizen's groups to
review water issues and the work that is needed Greenbelt-wide to address
these issues.

    Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention                       $5,000

    "Canada's premier horticultural event", the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable
Convention features educational sessions, speakers from around the world, a
trade show, and food and wine events to celebrate all that is great in the

    Ontario Tender Fruit Marketing Board                         $10,000

    The CNE got a whole lot sweeter this year, as the Ontario Tender Fruit
Marketing Board spread awareness of the Greenbelt by handing out
Greenbelt-grown peaches to hungry visitors and recipe cards for people to make
their own delicious treats when they bring home Greenbelt-grown peaches from
their local store or market.

SOURCE Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

For further information: For further information: Jennifer Story at (416) 461-6310 or by cell at (647) 966-6310 or by email at

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