- Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013 02:48
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Celebrate Food & Water First!
Sunday Aug. 18th in Honeywood ON
August 14th 2013
Toronto, ON – After more than four years of struggle, the fight against the proposed Mega Quarry north of Orangeville ended abruptly last month. Farmland trust investment firm Bonnefield Financial bought the land from the Highland Companies—the U.S. hedge fund-backed firm that wanted to excavate a 2,300-acre quarry on Class 1 farmland, sparking a massive grassroots movement to protect farmland and water in Ontario.
The Class 1 farmland in Melancthon Township is safe—for the time being—so it’s time to Celebrate Food & Water First!
Remember Foodstock? Soupstock? This is the next installment in a string of successful events to celebrate and protect farmland and water resources. Celebrate the bounty and talent of North Dufferin County, and support the Food & Water First campaign to preserve Ontario’s vital agricultural land and source water regions. The event is being held in Honeywood, the same community that hosted Foodstock and was at the heart of the fight to stop the proposed mega quarry.
· 11am to 3pm, Sunday August 18th
· Honeywood Arena, Honeywood ON
· $5 admission, children 5 and under free
· Bring a plate, fork and cup
· Dale Goldhawk of Goldhawk Fights Back
· The Armstrong family: 4 living generations of a local farm family, here since the 1850s!
· ‘Father Goose’ Bill Lishman, flying his ultralight from the Pickering Lands to Honeywood
· Carl Cosack, Chair of the North Dufferin Agricultural & Community Taskforce
· Live music including the band Harlan Pepper
· 40 vendors: local chefs, fresh produce, milk, meat, honey & treats!
· Art exhibit
· Wagon rides to a beautiful vista of the prime farmland saved from the mega quarry—see Artists
Against the Mega Quarry at their easels!
Kids’ activities and face-painting
Note: bring a fork, plate and cup. This is a bottled water-free event. Quench Buggy on site!
Food & Water First: Changing land use laws in Ontario
Food & Water First is the legacy of the Stop the Mega Quarry movement. While the Melancthon fields are now back in the hands of farmers, Ontario’s prime farmland and source water regions are still vulnerable to non-farming development of all kinds.
Food & Water First is a grassroots movement campaigning for changes to the Aggregate Resources Act and other land-use planning policies. We believe Ontario’s rare agricultural land and water resources should be protected in perpetuity, not squandered in perpetuity.
Food & Water First partners include the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, David Suzuki Foundation Ontario Farmland Trust, Ontario Rivers’ Alliance, Toronto Food Policy Council as well as several municipalities. For more information, visit http://foodandwa
· Bill Lishman 20 years ago, Bill led geese on a migration route to the U-S using his ultralight plane and that adventure inspired the movie "Fly Away Home." He will speak in the Honeywood arena at noon and then conduct a flypast over the Hills of Headwaters to show his support for Food & Water First, and to symbolically link the Class 1 farmland in Dufferin County to the Class 1 farmland in Pickering that's slated for a new airport.
"The most precious thing we have is the land that sustains us," says Bill. "To permanently destroy prime growing land, for whatever cause, is tantamount to theft from our offspring."
· The Armstrong Family Members of the Armstrong family have been stewards of their land in Melancthon for the past 160 years. They understand its true value, and so when the Highland Companies tried to purchase their farm, Ralph and Mary Lynne Armstrong refused and helped lead the battle to stop the proposed Mega Quarry. "Seven generations of Armstrongs have farmed this beautiful soil and cherished its life-giving properties," says daughter Kate, who will be selling Armstrong beef, pork and lamb at Celebrate Food & Water First inside the Honeywood arena.
Dale Goldhawk is a journalist, author and broadcaster with more than 45 years of experience in newspapers, radio, and television. He has been a tremendous supporter of the No Mega Quarry fight over the years. Currently, Goldhawk hosts Goldhawk LIVE, a public affairs show on Rogers TV in Toronto. He is also the host of Goldhawk Fights Back For You, a daily citizen advocacy show on Zoomer radio.
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- Published on Monday, 15 April 2013 21:49
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On April 10, 2013, Amaranth Township passed a motion to support Melancthon Township's resolution dated Mar. 7, 2013 to resume the ARA (Aggregate Resources Act) Review.
Click here, to see documents.
- Published on Friday, 22 March 2013 15:49
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Remember Matteo Zamaria, the Orangeville District Secondary School (ODSS) student, who had created a petition opposing the proposed quarry in Melancthon?
Read more about his petition.
Gail Campbell and Matteo Zamaria with the Youth Award. Photo by C. Zamaria
His efforts were noted and recognized by the Credit Valley Conservation Authority.
Yesterday, March 21, 2013, Matteo received the Young Conservationist Award
in recognition of his leadership in raising youth environmental awareness and increasing community involvement in environmental initiatives.
Click here and scroll down to see photo of all award recipients.
Read more about the CVC Awards.
- Published on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 08:16
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Melancthon Landscape is Posted on TVO Agenda website
What is rural Ontario? Is it a Statistics Canada definition? Is it a culture? Is it farmland that is gradually being swallowed by suburban sprawl? When we talk about rural Ontario are we sure that we're all referring to the same place? We’d like to know what you think rural Ontario is.
J.D. Black's potato field, Melancthon
Photos by Natalia Shields
I entered the Melancthon Potato Field Tree into the prestigious annual SNAP photography competition and fundraiser for ACT and it was accepted for the Silent Auction.... I was surprised by the emotional response that viewers had to the photo. An old maple tree standing guard over a humble potato field... Perhaps the recent anti mega quarry battle served to remind us that Ontario farmland is important and we came very close to losing a huge tract of that precious land. --Natalia from Toronto
The anti megaquarry fight in Melancthon Township over the past 2 years inspired me to join the group Artists VS the Megaquarry... As a photographer and a farmer's daughter, I felt it was my cause as well... the bottom line is all farmers in Ontario are engaged in the same endeavour...to produce food for Ontarians. That endeavour creates connections not only between all the farm communities but also with their urban neighbours who enjoy the food they produce. --Natalia from Toronto
TVO The Agenda website https://pinterest.com/TheAgenda/your-rural-ontario/
- Published on Monday, 25 February 2013 15:45
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The Orangeville Banner reports on the ‘Taters Not Craters’ dance that took place last week to celebrate the defeat of the Melancthon quarry. Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara spoke at the February 16 event in Honeywood, Ontario.
Performers at the dance included members of Our Lady Peace. According to the news story, drummer Jeremy Taggart grew up in nearby Mansfield and became involved in the fight against the mega-quarry when told about it by a childhood friend. Musician Tom Barlow also performed at the dance with a special song about the community’s fight to save its farmland. Hobo Wally, Danny Beaton, Ed Roman, Grand Canyon, the Hamilton-based alternative country rock band Harlan Pepper, and the square-dance group Heaslip & Band were also there.
The newspaper notes, “The dance celebrates The Highland Companies withdrawal of its application for a licence to mine 2,316 acres of land for limestone in Melancthon, as well as the North Dufferin Agricultural Task Force’s second mission for an overhaul of the provincial Aggregate Resources Act.”
By Brent Patterson, Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Posted on the "Council of Canadians" website