Support food-friendly neighbourhoods
Food-friendly neighbouhoods provide all residents with easy access to fresh, healthy foods, and the means to sustainably dispose of food waste.
Building and maintaining strong food systems across the city will require the facilities and organizational support for:
- Community and collective gardens
- Farmers and community markets
- Food storage facilities
- Community composting facilities
- Healthy corner stores
To ensure food-friendly neighbourhoods are supported throughout Vancouver, we will plan for the unique aspects of each area of the city when implementing the food strategy.
- Explore how to keep community gardens and orchards on City property
- Encourage community garden models that promote working with local schools, neighbourhood houses, and other local organizations as part of their education programming
- Find ways to sell and distribute produce from urban farms in community centres, neighbourhood houses, and schools
- Create baseline models of existing urban farms, monitor changes, and integrate new models
- Determine assets and gaps in mid-scale local and sustainable food infrastructure
- Determine whether a central food hub could work in Vancouver, and if so, how
- Find opportunities to combine food purchasing among neighbourhood houses, smaller community centres, and childcare centres