The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
After a successful nine month pilot program, Gretchen Bauta, daughter of Garfield Weston, in partnership with USC Canada and Seeds of Diversity Canada, is pleased to announce the launch of the Bauta Seed Initiative. Five regional hubs are set up across the country to participate in establishing a more secure food system for Canadians. Local farmers, researchers, industry partners, government officials, and civil society organizations are working with this program to produce a wide variety of seeds that flourish in the Canadian climate.
“Seed security in Canada, in particular the links between heritage grains, nutrition, and climate adaptation, has been a concern of mine for over 20 years. I am pleased to be able to work with USC Canada and their partners to support farmers, innovate in the area of climate change and agriculture, and create sustainable, nutritious food sources for Canadians.” – Gretchen Bauta
In addition to its major commitments in education, land conservation and science in Canada’s North, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation makes a number of grants annually which the Trustees seek out themselves.
Due to the focused and individualized nature of this grant-making, the Foundation does not accept applications for Trustee Initiated Grants.
Trustee Initiated Grants span a variety of interests and needs in urban and rural Canada. These include medical and nutritional research, programs in the arts and culture, community and heritage projects, education and the environment.
The Trustees’ approach to these grants reflect the overall values and perspectives of the Foundation. Innovation, excellence, leadership and a sense of community are at the core of Trustees’ giving in this area.
For example, the refurbishment of the Military Communications and Electronics Museum in Kingston, Ontario is a Trustee supported initiative that enabled the museum to enhance the experience for visitors and students of the museum's education programme.
Displays of authentic uniforms, helmets and an interactive kiosk provide information about Canada's involvement in the First World War. Also included is an area celebrating the contributions of Sapper Garfield Weston - Founder of this Foundation.
Special Trustee Initiated Grants
In 2009, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation responded to the needs of many communities and small charities whose resources were strained by the economic downturn.
With over $1.8M donated to vital organizations across Canada, assistance was given to those in need by providing the essentials of life including food, clothing and shelter. The Foundation acknowledges that it alone cannot solve the current problems however, it is our sincere hope that these donations may indeed assist in easing some immediate difficulties.
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