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Growing food in Vancouver communities help support a greener city

Growing food

Eating locally grown food reduces your ecological footprint, decreases waste from packaging, and eases concerns about food safety. Local food is also fresher, more nutritious, and better tasting. 

We support and promote local food through farmers markets, community gardens, and other initiatives that connect consumers and growers.  

With your participation, we can all enjoy a greener environment, stronger communities, and healthier families.

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Growing your own food

Personal use gardens

Learn how to grow local vegetables, fruits, and flowers without harmful pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

Join a community garden

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 farming

Urban farming and growing food to sell

Urban farms may be operated on a for-profit, non-profit, and/or a social enterprise model. Learn the regulations for growing food to sell.

Resources for urban agriculture

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.

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.

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.

Beautifying your boulevard and street

The City runs programs that allow residents to volunteer to tend to street gardens in traffic calming spaces, and provides guidelines for boulevard gardening.

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