Sustainable Agriculture in the Greenbelt

Sustainable Agriculture in the Greenbelt

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing


Farms in the Greenbelt are a symbol of Canada’s rural traditions, and they provide an example of how to practise viable and diverse agriculture in a near-urban setting. The Greenbelt also ensures that there is a space in Ottawa where farming can supply part of local food needs.

Sustainable agriculture in the Greenbelt integrates environmental stewardship, economic profitability and social responsibility. The Greenbelt farming sector includes 5,400 hectares of good quality farmland. The land quality and the favourable climate mean that a wide variety of crops can be produced by Greenbelt farmers.

Close to 1.5 million residents live in Canada’s Capital Region. This provides an opportunity to develop a vibrant, dynamic farming sector where small and medium-sized farms can respond to local consumers’ demands. The popularity of the local food movement and the resulting demand create a sustainable future for Greenbelt farms.

Many of the farmers in the Greenbelt are already adopting sustainable agriculture practices, including:
•Precision agriculture: Many of our farmers use satellite and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to increase sustainability of field crops by minimizing required inputs and maximizing productivity
•Organic farming: We strongly encourage organic agriculture in the Greenbelt. Currently, five farms in the Greenbelt have organic certification. Many of the Greenbelt farmers who are not organic producers are minimizing the use of pesticides.


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Project entered on: May 26, 2019 at 5:11 pm

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