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Outside City jurisdiction. While improved transit service South-of-Fraser is important, the Greenest City plan focuses on projects within municipal boundaries.
BC Hydro and other energy utilities make rate proposals to the BC Utilities Commission who are the regulator for energy rates. For more info check out: www.bcuc.com
Some elements of a local distribution network are in place with the Farmer’s Markets. The New City Market will increase the scale of this. This idea is included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan.
This idea is included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan. Action to date on this issue include community gardens and green streets on City-owned property. The City has also developed an edible landscaping policy http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/socialplanning/initiatives/foodpolicy/tools/links.htm#Edible
Small orchards are being planted by the Park Board in golf courses and at Sunset. Plans are in the works for more community orchards. This is a strategy in the draft Greenest City Action Plan.
This idea is in the draft Greenest City Action Plan
The draft Greenest City Action Plan includes a review of relevant bylaws that enable or inhibit urban agriculture.
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@S.S, I too was thinking about the orange trees in Spain. I didn't realize that they weren't directly edible; guess that explains why there were so many ripe ones on the trees! I was just in Costa Rica though where we harvested mangos from the side of the road... best I've ever tasted!
@LFWG, great to hear that is already in the works! In regards to harvesting, I came across this organization last summer: http://220.127.116.11/~vanfruit/... projects like this could help with matching up fruit with people who can use it. As well as having signage, or generally making it known, that the produce is up for grabs. I know I often feel like I'm doing something wrong when I harvest blackberries throughout the city, but I'm pretty sure they're fair game. You're right though that berries would definitely create less of a mess than larger fruit - harder to harvest though. Although I'd much rather clean up apple debris from my front yard than the millions of baby oak trees we're constantly inundated with.
In terms of what I'd like to see, we have the ability to grow all manner of trees and bushes here in the lower mainland but I suspect there would be a backlash if tons of non-native plants were introduced. How long does something have to be here to be considered native? Do grapes and figs count, since they've been in my neighborhood for generations?
Raspberries (although they probably require too much maintenance)
Are there other nut trees that grow here?