Urban agriculture refers to growing food within an urban area, where no agricultural land formally exists. It includes community gardens, farmers markets, hobby beekeeping, keeping urban chickens, shared garden plots, growing fruit, berries and vegetables in your back yard and edible landscapes.
The City of North Vancouver encourages urban agriculture because it supports the following goals:
Enhances the City's food security and reduces our ecological footprint by encouraging more locally grown foods
Encourages increased social interaction in high density developments
Supports and encourages environmentally and socially sustainable activities
The Importance of Growing Local Food
Eating locally grown food connects you with nature and your community, reduces your ecological footprint, decreases waste from packaging and the food miles your food travels, and eases concerns about food safety. Our mild, West Coast climate allows us to grow a wide variety of food throughout the year.
Local food is also fresher, more nutritious, and better tasting. And growing it yourself is more rewarding then simply purchasing it.
The City supports local food through farmers markets, community gardens, urban farms, community organizations (such as the Edible Garden Project) and other initiatives that connect consumers and growers.
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