fresh: Edmonton’s Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy

Jurisdiction Name: Edmonton
State/Province: AB
Country: Canada
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 812,201
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: PDF
Policy type: plan
Year: 2012
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food production, community food security
Keywords: advisory group, agriculture, animal permit, animals, backyard animals, backyard chickens, chickens, community garden, development, economic development, farm to institution, farmers market, farmland preservation, food access, food distribution, food infrastructure, food policy council, food processing, food procurement, food production, food purchasing, food retail, food security, food system, food system metrics, healthy food, honeybees, land use, local economy, local farm products, local food, local food access, local food economy, local food procurement, local food production, local food purchasing, locally grown food, sustainability, urban agriculture, vacant property, zoning
Adopting Government Department(s):

Edmonton City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): City of Edmonton
Support Entity(s):

Edmonton Food Council, Northlands, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton School Boards, Edmonton's Food Bank, Sustainable Food Edmonton, Urban Development Institute

Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: City of Edmonton, Northlands, University of Alberta, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Policy Outcome(s):

Establishment of the Edmonton Food Council; Amendment to the Zoning Bylaw to integrate and enable more urban agriculture throughout the city; Amendment to the Animal Control and Licensing Bylaw to allow urban hens and bees; Receipt of a McConnell Foundation grant to increase local food purchasing by large distributors and institutions, in partnership with Northlands; In partnership with the University of Alberta, establishment of a multi-million dollar international research project on resilient urban food systems; improvement to City of Edmonton processes to streamline and enable more community gardens; improvement to the City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Purchasing Policy to increase procurement of more local foods.

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