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Park Board Local Food Action Plan integrates local food into Vancouver’s parks and recreation system

July 10 2013

“The Local Food Action Plan includes many exciting new projects, such as pollinator gardens and community gardens in parks,” said Park Board Commissioner Aaron Jasper.

Local Food Assets Task Force members

The Vancouver Park Board unveiled its creative and ambitious Local Food Action Plan today highlighting priority areas and actions to increase local food assets in Vancouver parks and recreation facilities. The plan was revealed at the Lumbermen’s Arch Concession in Stanley Park, which will begin offering locally sourced food starting on July 17.

Fifty-five actions covering all aspects of the local food cycle, from growing to composting

The Local Food Action Plan includes 55 focused and strategic actions to be completed over the next five years. Actions are based on four priority areas which aim to include all aspects of the local food cycle, from growing to composting:

  • Increasing food assets; for example, planting fruit trees and community gardens in parks.
  • Sustainable and local food economies; for example, collaboration with the City of Vancouver on local food sourcing to guide procurement contracts.
  • Engaged and capacity rich food networks; for example, enhancing food programs available in Community Centres.
  • Soil generation; for example, coordination with the City of Vancouver to implement waste management systems to handle food waste and compostables from Community Centres and concessions.

“The Local Food Action Plan includes many exciting new projects, such as pollinator gardens and community gardens in parks,” said Park Board Commissioner Aaron Jasper. “Quick start actions like the local food pilot will offer locally sourced food at five of the Park Board’s busiest concessions staring next week.” 

Developed by the 11-member Local Food Task Force working with community partners and key stakeholders

The Plan was developed by an 11-member Local Food Task Force established by the Vancouver Park Board in May 2012 to make policy recommendations and find opportunities to increase and integrate food assets in parks and facilities.

The Task Force worked with community partners and key stakeholders in Vancouver’s local food community to develop the Action Plan, which seeks to strengthen local food systems and builds upon priorities outlined in the Vancouver Food Charter (2007), Greenest City Action Plan (2011), Park Board Strategic Plan (2012), and Vancouver Food Strategy (2013).

Implementation based on consultation and collaboration

The implementation of the plan will be based on consultation, collaboration and partnerships with community organizations and individuals committed to enhancing local food systems and building strong connections between healthy, active living and food.

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