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Urban farming and growing food to sell

Urban farms may be operated on a for-profit, non-profit, and/or a social enterprise model.

Urban farming supports many of our green initiatives including improved biodiversity, making use of under-utilized spaces, reducing food import impacts, and enhancing Vancouver's green enconomy.

Next steps for your urban farm

If you are interested in urban farming, you should review the following guides and complete the necessary documentation.

  1. Determine your farm's classification category
  2. Review the guidelines adopted by City council
  3. Complete an urban farm checklist
  4. Read our guide to reducing health risks

Find your farm classification

There are two classes of urban farms, Class A and Class B. Regulations for your farm will depend on the class.

Documents and background

Access guides, council documents, checklists, and  find background information about urban farming regulations. 

More resources for urban farming

Vancouver Urban Farming Society

The Vancouver Urban Farming Society is an organization that supports the shared interests of urban farmers. Check out their website for more resources, events, workshops, and updates.

Water restrictions

Watering restrictions begin May 1. Find out when you can water your lawn, how to get an exemption, and why they are in place.

Vancouver Urban Farming Society