Agriculture in the Greenbelt

Photo of cows grazing in a pasture with red barn in the background
A farm in the Greenbelt

The Greenbelt is a symbol of Canada’s rural traditions and shows viable and diverse agriculture in a near-urban setting. The Greenbelt ensures that there is a space in Ottawa where farming can supply part of local food needs.

Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture in the Greenbelt demonstrates sustainable agriculture in Canada’s Capital. Sustainable agriculture 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 creates a sustainable future for Greenbelt farms.

Local Food

Visitors to Ottawa’s Greenbelt can purchase a variety fruits, vegetables and herbs from farm stands. The locally grown food can also be purchased at several farmers' markets within the city. Field crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and hay are grown widely in the Greenbelt. Several farms produce milk and meat. Find out more in the Ottawa Buy Local Food Guide.

Farm Rentals

Greenbelt farms are owned by the NCC and rented to farmers. The model of stable public ownership provides unique opportunities for new farmers to establish farms on quality farmland without needing large capital investments. If you are interested in renting a farm in the Greenbelt, visit our NCC Properties for Rent section.