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