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Support food-friendly neighbourhoods

Trout Lake farmers market

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. 

Priority actions

  • 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

Current programs that are helping the City reach this goal

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.

Chicken

Backyard chickens

As part of the City's ongoing effort to help residents get involved in food production, you are now allowed to keep hens in your back yard. Read the rules, and register your hens.

Community Gardens in Vancouver are available for you to use

Community gardens

Joining a community garden is a great way to enjoy locally grown food, connect with nature, meet your neighbours, and be healthy. Find a current or proposed garden near you, and plan a new garden in your neighbourhood.

Urban garden

Urban agriculture guidelines

To help developers plan common outdoor amenity spaces for their projects that include opportunities for growing food, staff have developed a set of urban agriculture design guidelines.

Beekeeper and bees

Beekeeping

Urban beekeeping is an excellent way to improve pollination for plants in backyard, community, and public gardens, which leads to better vegetable production. Learn the rules for keeping bees in your yard.

Food strategy targets

By 2020, the City aims to increase the number of:

  • Community garden plots from 3,640 to 5,000
  • Urban farms from 17 to 35
  • Farmers markets from nine to 22
  • Community food markets from 4 to 15

What feeds us: Vancouver Food Strategy

Read the Vancouver Food Strategy, and learn how Vancouver is building a healthy, accessible, sustainable food system.

Download the pamphlet

Download the strategy