Edmonton is home to an active food and agriculture community. As a result, we are well placed to become a Canadian leader in food and urban agriculture initiatives.
The City of Edmonton strategic plans (The Ways) reflect the strong interest in food and urban agriculture, setting the foundation for the exciting work that is underway in Edmonton.
The Way We Grow
The Way We Grow is Edmonton’s Municipal Development Plan. In Section 10 it recognizes the value of a resilient local food system and highlights what the City of Edmonton can do within its municipal scope to create a food and agriculture strategy.
In addition to The Way We Grow, the City of Edmonton has worked hard to align its strategic planning processes to ensure an integrated and holistic approach toward city building over the next 30 years. The other corporate strategic plans that identify food and agriculture priorities include:
Project Consultants and Partners
The City of Edmonton worked with HB Lanarc Consultants Ltd. on a Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy. HB Lanarc was instrumental in helping develop the food and agriculture policy section for The Way We Grow. Their expertise and experience in food and agriculture systems and food policy were well-suited to this project.
The City hired BUKSA Strategic Conference Services to help design and deliver the Food in the City conference (May 25-26, 2012). The team at BUKSA has been involved in many high-profile conferences and events and delivered a high quality experience at Food in the City.
The City worked with the Centre for Public Involvement at the University of Alberta to construct and oversee the Citizen Panels; a unique way for citizens to share their views on food and agriculture policy issues.
Food and Agriculture Advisory Committee
The City of Edmonton created the Food and Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee during the development of fresh to offer guidance and experience in exploring the many complex issues associated with food and urban agriculture policy. The committee included members who have considerable knowledge, experience, expertise and interest in food and agriculture issues in Edmonton. The Advisory Committee was instrumental in ensuring that fresh was a made-in-Edmonton strategy that reflected the context of Edmonton and the Capital Region.
The creation of fresh would not have been possible without the engagement of thousands of citizens. A complete background of the food and urban agriculture must describe the efforts that were taken to develop and deliver a comprehensive public involvement plan. See the page on public involvement for full details.