How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

GC 2020

How can we reach our 2020 Greenest City targets?

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  1. Encourage urban food production

    Urban vegetable gardens and container planting can go a long way towards reducing our food miles and our dependence on imports.

    Successful projects in Mexico and Cuba show us that we can produce a lot of food in the city proper, so why don't we?

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      23 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Indoor farmer's markets and community garden spaces for winter months.

      Create indoor farmer's markets and community garden spaces for winter months in order to support healthy eco-living and eating.

      94 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • street end community gardens

        The short streets on the end of a typical block are 66 feet wide just like the streets along the front of most residential properties.
        What if we made them 33 feet wide which is wide enough for a laneway a sidewalk and some trees. The remaining 33 feet could be used for community gardens, pocket parks or leased for a standard residential lot. The lot would provide additional housing without changing the character of a neighbourhood.

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        • Develop a Vancouver Food Action Plan

          An Action Plan would provide an overall strategy to guide the City’s response to urban agriculture and food system issues.

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            6 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • create an urban farm network

            Create an urban farm network, a hub that links farms, farmers, local food distribution and storage in the city and provides resources to everyone (including organized farms, non-profits, individuals, schools, community groups, city, etc) and provide business advice, links to funding, assistance in creating and sustaining local jobs, training farmers, and develop partnerships and connection to other urban farm resources throughout the city

            121 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Incubator kitchens

              Have certified kitchens available for rent for individuals that would like to create a food business- provide business and marketing support.

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                0 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Urban Orchards

                Create urban orchards in every neighbourhood ( cherry, apple, fig, berries, plums, apricots and peaches). Employ staff to maintain these and to teach people how to preserve and use the harvest. Graft producing branches to existing cherry, plum, apple root stock.

                48 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Increase the number of facilities available for community kitchens/ food processing

                  Are people still interested in joining community kitchens? These were popular a couple of years ago but excitment seems to have died off due to a lack of available facilities.
                  Have community kitchen with themes- such as urban singles, local food etc...
                  Have these spaces double as urban food processing centres- have commercial kitchens set up to allow groups to come in and process large amounts of local food at harvest time so that it will be available for later us. Host workshops on various low energy food preservation techniques, nutrition, cooking, low energy cooking etc...
                  Install large size community…

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                    1 comment  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Buying of Local Foods

                    Encourage the buying of local foods so products can be bought and sold without harmful chemicals, and are sold and grown with natural products

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                      0 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Develop a city-supported urban farming program

                      Community gardens and farmers markets are on the rise in Vancouver, but there remains a need for more productive farms (market gardens) to produce significant amounts of local food.

                      There are more and more people interested in getting into farming as a livelihood, but barriers such as high land values and low profit margins in traditional farming make entry difficult.

                      The City could develop a municipally-supported urban farming program where city-owned land would be affodably leased to prospective farmers for a season to gain experience, earn an income, and produce food for local residents. This could be coupled with a…

                      240 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Create more community gardens

                        Provide more opportunities for the creation of community gardens. Existing community gardens should be preserved and enhanced. Encourage community gardens on school grounds for educational and aesthetic purposes.

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                          8 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          City has already moved beyond the 2,010 (garden plots) by 2010 challenge. Three new gardens were created in the summer of 2010 and others are currently in the planning stage. This is an idea included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan.

                        • Redistribute food that is still edible

                          A large amount of fine produce is thrown out or composted, especially from "gourmet" grocers who only sell produce of highest quality.

                          Restaurants often throw out food, because they are unable to sell it the following day.

                          There are many people in this city who cannot afford, or who do not have the skills to prepare good food.

                          Divert this waste from the food industry towards feeding people who could use the food.

                          32 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • A Call to Town Hall - Plant Veggies, not Flowers

                            A Call to Town Hall - Plant Veggies, not Flowers
                            Poverty Reduction, Environment Protection and Community Building

                            Goal
                            Reduce poverty, involve community, promote healthy lifestyles, reduce personal and city spending, create a well connected and safer community, add natural nutrients back to top soil, and educate about healthy living and healthy food.

                            Most cities and towns have multiple flower gardens that are taken care of by city workers. Call your local city hall, ask them to plant hardy vegetables in garden spots instead of the usual flowers. Vegetable plants produce very beautiful flowers that turn into edible veggies like Squash,…

                            41 votes
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                            • Develop incentives to restore the bee populations

                              [Submitted via email by Patrice Allen]

                              Develop incentives to restore the bee populations, not only for their products but for cross-pollination in ALL green spaces.

                              18 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create local food distribution system

                                We have a back/front yard garden that grows primarily produce. Some years, like this one, the yield is pretty meager. But other years, like last summer, we have WAY more produce than we can possibly use, even with constant canning.

                                I typically start giving away the extra to unsuspecting friends and neighbours, but I would love to have a way to sell it.

                                Most back-yard gardeners don't produce enough produce to go to the trouble of selling it, but if there was an easy way to sell the excess into a system that could then combine it with the produce…

                                24 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide a one-stop clearing house for information relating to local food in Vancouver.

                                  A local food directory could support residents in participating in the local food economy, advising them of all the various initiatives that are going on relating to food production, processing and retail in Vancouver.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • More street food more places

                                    The City's recent allocation of 17 new street-food licenses is a good start. Let's take it to the next level with street food hubs on city-owned parking lots or under-utilized alleyways. These centres could be modelled after those in Portland and feature a wide variety of local, healthy options. A bonus idea: a plate refund system like at the Folk Fest -- so that packaging and wrap can be minimized or done away with!

                                    16 votes
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                                    • Bring community gardeners together with those who have extra yard space

                                      Create a program for homeowners & community gardeners to work together. For example, elderly people who want to stay in their homes but can no longer maintain their yards, would have their yards maintained by gardeners, in exchange for garden space in the home owner's yard to grow food.

                                      69 votes
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                                      • Reduce residential encroachment on agricultural land

                                        In order for us to have more local food in our supply chain we need to protect the agricultural land we have in the Lower Mainland including the Fraser Valley. Right now residential and commercial land zoning is encroaching too much on our prime agricultural land. Soil is a resource that must be protected!

                                        71 votes
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