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Urban agriculture guidelines

Urban garden

To help developers plan projects that include opportunities for urban agriculture, staff have developed a set of urban agriculture design guidelines.

These guidelines apply to shared garden plots and edible landscaping.

About urban agriculture

Urban agriculture refers to growing food within a town or city - and includes community gardens, farmers markets, hobby beekeeping, shared garden plots, and edible landscapes.

Council encourages urban agriculture on private lands, because it helps:

  • Enhance the city's food security and reduce our ecological footprint by encouraging more locally grown foods
  • Encourage increased social interaction in high density developments
  • Support and encourage environmentally and socially sustainable activities

Goals of the urban agriculture guidelines

These urban agriculture guidelines provide guidance with:

  • Shared garden plots
  • Location and access
  • Co-locating with other amenities
  • Number and size of garden plots
  • Design of garden plots
  • Support facilities
  • Edible landscaping
  • Stewardship

It also includes a chart of recommended edible plants commonly used for landscaping purposes.

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