At the farmers market selling vegetables and fruit

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

Vancouver Urban Farming Census

The Urban Farming Census provides a unique study of the growing urban farming sector in Vancouver. The in-depth research shows the growth of land in production, employment, and food sales from 2011 to 2016.  

Highlights of the study include: 

  • 13 self-identified urban farm operations
  • 7 acres of urban land under food production
  • $750,000 in food sales in 2016
  • 35 FTE jobs created by urban farms in 2016
  • 15,000 residents involved in farming and food activities on just 4 farms 
  • 0 complaints from Vancouver residents about negative impacts of urban farms

Read the full Urban Farming Census PDF file (3.18 MB)

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.

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