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Buying and sharing local food

A group making food together

Did you know that the ingredients for a typical family meal travel between 1,500 and 4,000 kilometers?

That means that this same meal uses up to 17 times more petroleum products, and produces 17 times more carbon emissions, than a locally grown meal.

You can help reduce your carbon footprint — and help us reach our Greenest City 2020 targets — by buying more locally grown foods.

Not only will you be helping the planet, you will also be getting fruits and vegetables that are fresher, riper, and more flavourful.

Building community through food

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society is the resident organization at the Norquay Neighbourhood Food Hub in Norquay Park

Healthy Local Food Fieldhouse Residency Program

The Vancouver Park Board offers organizations park fieldhouse spaces for free to engage with Vancouver residents to grow and share food. Find the residencies and their public programs and projects.

West End Farmers Market

Farmers markets

Farmers markets continue to grow in number and popularity in Vancouver. Find a farmers markets, and learn how to start one.

Community food markets improve access to local produce

Community food markets

Community food markets provide fresh, affordable produce to harder-to-reach and vulnerable populations. Get a link to community food network locations and hours.

Working together to prepare a meal builds community.

Community kitchens

Learn about the role community kitchens play in education and community-building, and get a link to community kitchen locations and times.

Buying local foods helps reduce your carbon footprint

Local food producers

Find links to resources to help you locate local food producers in your community.

Enjoy fresh, local food at park and beach concession stands

Concessions sell popsicles made in with local berries

To help reach our sustainability and urban health goals, our concession stands sell fresh, locally sourced berry popsicles, veggies and dip, and more.

Find a concession stand

See how we are helping pollinators

Pollinator Project

Pollinator Project to support bees and butterflies

We are working with local organizations to make Vancouver’s parks and gardens friendlier to bumble bees, honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Discover projects underway in your city.

Go green with food scraps

Does your house, duplex, or multi-unit residential building get City waste collection service?

You can put all of your food scraps into your Green Bin.

Learn what goes in the Green Bin
Healthy Local Food Fieldhouse Residency ProgramFarmers marketsCommunity food marketsCommunity kitchensLocal food producers