Planting the Seeds for Farm Innovation: A Guide to Achieving Flexible Land Use Policy in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe

In September 2009, Sustain Ontario, under the directorship of Lauren Baker, engaged a group of graduate students studying at Ryerson University to explore how land use policies in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) affect the abilities of farmers in the area to innovate on their farms. The project was intended to further Sustain Ontario’s efforts towards helping to create a sustainable food system — one that is equitable, ecologically responsible,and financially viable. The project expands knowledge about the effects of land use planning policy on the economic, social, and environmental aspects of farming, with special attention paid to the barriers that land use policy presents for farm innovation.

The final report can be viewed here: Planting the Seeds for Farm Innovation: A Guide to Achieving Flexible Land Use Policy in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe.

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Students: Chris Dickson, Anna Henriques, Jennifer Laforest, Nisha Shirali, Jill Sonego, Evan Weinberg