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Food Security – Oak Bay Style

Food Security is an issue that is gaining groundswell – check out these Urban Farmers in Victoria BC…

Editorial: Urban farming’s time has come

Paula Sobie and Martin Scaia started City Harvest in February, advertising on the Internet for people who wanted to use all or part of their property for an urban garden.

In return, the homeowner would receive a portion of the organic vegetables, while the couple would sell the rest at markets, to restaurants and through the Small Potatoes Urban Delivery (SPUD) program.

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But these guys are finding that the law is getting in the way of good business, and are seeking a bylaw amendment for their operations which are reaching commercial proportions…

City Harvest is currently growing vegetables in 17 private yards in Victoria, British Columbia. — City Farmer News

City Harvest is also responsible for a pending bylaw amendment in its home municipality of Oak Bay where agriculture – defined as the production and subsequent sale of produce – has been illegal. The municipality’s council has ratified the amendment which now welcomes urban agriculture, and the bylaw will be changed upon a public hearing on the issue in the near future.

Now can’t be too hard, can it? Check out this pdf from Canadian Organic Grower on the team.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

One thought on “Food Security – Oak Bay Style

  1. That seems like a great program where everyone involved can benefit from organic gardening. It seems like they are serving the greater good, so that is a bummer they have laws in the way from preventing such a good purpose.

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