Dig a little deeper into gardens, hens, bees, pets and more

June 23, 2016

Dig a little deeper into gardens, hens, bees, pets and more

Over 900 residents have provided their ideas since the County began development of an urban agriculture strategy in April. Now, an updated survey looks to explore which ideas fit best in Strathcona County.

The new survey, updated to reflect community feedback, runs until July 1.
Complete the survey now.

Community feedback has been divided into three broad categories: Grow it, Make it, and Get it.

Grow it

Examples of growing, or production, can include home gardens and community gardens, keeping of livestock for meat, and urban farms. Another example of “grow it” in an urban environment is the care of animals not traditionally kept as pets.

Make it

Many types of processing of vegetables and animal by-products can occur within an urban area. Examples include the care, cultivation and management of animals for by-products such as eggs, honey or wax; preserves and juice; backyard composting.

Get it

Growing in public open spaces is a widely shared idea from residents. Examples of distribution - how cities can get food more efficiently - include food forests, edible landscaping, restaurant- farm partnerships, farmer’s markets, grocery store local food aisles and local delivery service.

Urban agriculture is a “growing” trend across North America’s urban areas. In Strathcona County, residents, businesses and community groups are being asked to share their vision for a made-in-Strathcona County urban agriculture strategy.

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Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.



Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595