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Canada: Strathcona County – Urban Agriculture Strategy

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:12
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Urban agriculture is easily accessed and seen in Strathcona County; it contributes to creating a healthy, livable community by helping to grow food, relationships, and economy in our community.

Community Food Lab
Intelligent Futures
Autumn 2016


Urban conditions such as typically smaller available land area and diverse neighboring land uses mean that urban farms lean towards higher per square foot productivity, less mechanization, more focus on produce and less on livestock. Of course, creativity and innovation are the norm in urban farming, and typical scales of operation range from the individual farmer on a very small plot to capital-intensive commercial enterprises that can incorporate technologically- advanced growing methods.

This variety of methods and reliance on creativity are important, as urban farms can be located in all kinds of challenging spaces: on relatively small urban lots, on rooftops, in transportation rights- of-way, in greenhouses or even indoors and in shipping containers.

Some urban farms are built exclusively for education, training or re-entry programs. Many are built to improve food access in a speci c community or to continue traditional culinary cultures. Many are for-pro t ventures, relying on innovative business models and farming methods to make urban farming nancially viable. For others, food justice is the reason to develop urban farms in their communities, which means improving access to fresh food for economically disadvantaged communities.

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