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Alberta’s Strathcona County releases ‘Urban Agriculture Strategy’

Friday, November 4, 2016 6:34
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County administration provided the preliminary Urban Agriculture Strategy (UAS) to council at the Oct. 18 Priorities Committee meeting.

Draft: Presented to Strathcona County Transportation & Agriculture Services
September 7, 2016

Table of Contents:

1.0 URBAN AGRICULTURE IN STRATHCONA COUNTY 1
2.0 DEFINING URBAN AGRICULTURE IN STRATHCONA COUNTY 1
2.1 WHERE DOES THIS APPLY? 1
3.0 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 1
3.1 ENGAGEMENT PROCESS 1
3.2 ENGAGEMENT OUTCOMES 2
4.0 TAKING ACTION ON URBAN AGRICULTURE 5
4.1 VISION 5
4.2 GOALS 5
4.3 STRATEGY AREAS AND ACTIONS 5
4.3.1 Strategy Area A: Community Gardens 5

A.1 Amend the land use bylaw to include “Community garden” as a defined land use. 6 A.2 A County-led community garden initiative, with the County providing public land access. 7 A.3 County promotion and support for independent community gardens 8
4.3.2 Strategy Area B: Public Agriculture and Edible Landscaping 9
B.1 Amend the land use bylaw to include “Public agriculture” as a defined land use 10 B.2 Include edibles in regional park planning 11
B.3 Develop an Adopt-a-Plot initiative to establish edible and pollinator-supporting public orchards and food forests in public spaces, for shared public harvest. 12
B.4 Mapping of edible trees and shrubs in the public realm 14 B.5 Develop signage identifying edible plants 15
4.3.3 Strategy Area C: Urban Farms 16
C.1 Add urban farming definitions to the land use bylaw 16 C.2 Develop a County-supported youth farming and entrepreneurship program with a place-making urban focus 17 C.3 Develop a campaign to promote and support urban farming in Strathcona County 19
4.3.4 Strategy Area D: School Agriculture Program 20
D.1 Foster growing opportunities at every school in the County 20 D.2 Increase educational opportunities around urban agriculture, technology and entrepreneurship in schools 21
4.3.5 Strategy Area E: Urban Livestock – Chickens, Pets, Bees 22
E.1 Pilot project for urban backyard chickens 23
E.2 Replace current Animal Control Bylaw with new separate bylaws: revised Animal Control (for livestock) and Alternative Pets
24
FOR CLIENT REVIEW
E.3 Bee Healthy Strathcona County: Revise planting guidelines to incorporate pollinator habitat into ornamental landscapes. 26
E.4 Bee Healthy Strathcona County: Beehives installed as demonstration projects in lower-traffic areas 27
E.5 Bee Healthy Strathcona County: Amend Apiculture Bylaw to allow demonstration beehives in additional land use districts 28
4.3.6 Strategy Area F: Home Gardens 29
F.1 Promotion and advocacy around residential gardening opportunities 29 F.2 Share programs and courses on home gardening across the community. 30
4.3.7 Strategy Area G: Education and Coordination 31
G.1 Structured stakeholder conversations on key implementation areas of the Urban Agriculture Strategy. 32
G.2 Education in all actions.
5.0 NEXT STEPS AND REVIEW PROCESS

Complete Report here.

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