Protect Urban Farming by changing the laws that get used to shut it down
Five years ago I moved to Vancouver and started turning the house I rented with friends into an urban farm. But a neighbour (one, out of dozens) thinks food gardens belong in the back yard and used the city's vague and undemocratic "Untidy Premises Bylaw" to have us ordered to remove it.
If Vancouver really wants to be green, it should start by looking around at the amazing things that ordinary people are already doing to make it that way and stop putting up barriers to their work. This bylaw needs a specific exemption for food gardens, or it needs to be completely scrapped.
Check out the saga here: http://farmhouseblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/bye-bye-farmhouse-farm/
The draft Greenest City Action Plan includes a review of relevant bylaws that enable or inhibit urban agriculture.