The City is working on a Local Food & Urban Agriculture Study that will provide recommendations on how the organization's municipal tools (e.g. plans, policies, bylaws, grants, facilities, leases, services, and products) can be improved and aligned to support a more robust local food system. The goals of the study include identifying ways to enhance food security, increase capacity for food production, and generate economic benefits that stay within our community. A draft will be available soon... stay tuned!
Financial support for this project is provided by the Canada-Yukon Growing Forward 2 Fund and the Canadian Agriculture Partnership.
Two public surveys and three focus group sessions have occurred to help inform the LFUAS:
- Public Survey #1 closed on September 2, 2016. The survey asked residents about how they participate in the local food system, challenges they've encountered with policies and regulations, and interests for future food pursuits. A total of 159 people responded. Read what people had to say in the summary linked below.
- Public Survey #2 closed on May 15, 2017. Questions covered a mix of topics including local food access and consumption, definitions for 'local', community gardens, and City compost. A total of 296 people responded. Read what people had to say in the summary linked below.
- Sessions 1 and 2: Two sessions were held in the fall of 2017. The first was to meet with hen owners to review and discuss current hen and coop regulations, and explore potential bylaw revisions. The second session was to meet with beekeepers to review existing regulations and discuss potential new allowances for beekeeping.
- Session 3: A third session was held in the fall of 2019 in collaboration with the Commercial & Industrial Land Study to discuss the specific industry needs relating to indoor agriculture and processing.
How is the City connected to local food?
The City has a number of plans, bylaws, grants, and services that support and regulate different aspects of the food system. Below are just a few examples:
- Community Economic Development Strategy: Goal 1, Activity F: Facilitate the development of an agriculture and food production strategy (pg. 11)
- Sustainability Plan: Goal: Resilient, Accessible, Food System (view progress) (pg. 37-38)
- Official Community Plan: Objective 17: Support local food production (pg. 71)
- Zoning Bylaw: Regulates land uses, including soil and non-soil based agriculture, and specifies development requirements and restrictions
- Animal Control Bylaw: Regulates animal keeping and includes development regulations for hen coops
- Environmental Grant: Provides financial support for initiatives that achieve sustainability goals, including food related projects
- Land Leases: Land is accessible to community and gardening associations through low-cost lease agreements
- Compost: Agriculture-grade compost is produced from organic waste and is available for sale at the Waste Management Facility
Valleyview Community Greenhouse.