Urban Agriculture Strategy
Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating food in an urban area. It can be growing fruits, herbs and vegetables, or raising animals. It's a growing trend in North America as communities look for ways to increase food security. It supports local, alternate choices to the traditional food system, and allows communities to grow niche foods.
Keeping livestock in urban areas
The Urban Agriculture Strategy includes recommendations on the Animal Control Bylaw and keeping livestock in urban areas, and a proposed alternative pet bylaw. Research and considerations on a proposed new Alternative Pets Bylaw will be presented to Council.
Urban agriculture strategy focus areas
Community gardens - Active program
Community gardening is the practice of growing and raising food in a shared garden space. Visit our community gardens webpage to learn more.
Public agriculture and edible landscaping - Active program
Public agriculture refers to food grown in public spaces of a town or city, managed by various groups. The food is grown for everyone. Visit our edible plants webpage to learn more.
School agriculture program - Active program
School agriculture programs take many forms: classroom garden, growing demonstrations, community gardens, horticultural training gardens or greenhouses, vertical growing hydroponic and aquaponic systems, among others. Visit our school garden program webpage to learn more.
Education and coordination - Active program
Education and coordination of action will be critical to build momentum, maintain direction, and realizing a full return on invested public and private resources.
Urban livestock - Active program
Urban livestock includes raising of chickens, bees, rabbits and animals such as small breed livestock.
The Urban Agriculture Strategy includes recommendations on the Animal Control Bylaw and keeping livestock in urban areas, and a proposed alternative pet bylaw.
Home gardens - Estimated start date: 2019
A home garden is a small area of land or raised bed used for growing food on or around a house or apartment complex.
Urban farms - Estimated start date: 2020
Urban farming is the commercial practice of growing and raising food within urban boundaries. Urban farms can take on different shapes and sizes such as sea cans and high rise buildings.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Urban Agriculture Strategy vision? Permanent link to What is the Urban Agriculture Strategy vision?
Urban agriculture is easily accessed and seen in Strathcona County; it contributes to creating a livable community by helping to grow food, relationships, and economy in our community.
2. How was the implementation schedule determined? Permanent link to How was the implementation schedule determined?
The implementation schedule is based on resident feedback. For example, the community gardens project is the first priority, as it has the greatest resident interest, and we want to ensure a policy is in place for the 2017 growing season. The schedule is also based on the amount of research required for developing other recommendations.