Become Part of the Urban Food-Growing Movement!
Imagine downtown Victoria as an urban food oasis: lush, edible green spaces taking over once-vacant rooftops or courtyards; where restaurants get fresh ingredients delivered from right outside their front door; and whereood production is woven into our City's fabric.
This is our vision for the future.
We have begun laying the groundwork for this idea through our latest program called ‘Street to Sky’ by identifying viable locations for urban foodlands throughout our downtown core and surrounding areas. We’re making it easier for landowners, developers, strata corporations and urban farmers to work effectively together to transform unused spaces into flourishing food-growing hubs.
Think you might be interested in starting your own urban farm? Take a look at some of the inspiring initiatives below from Victoria (Lkwungen territory) and throughout North America that are changing the game and find out more about joining our FREE virtual workshop on how to start your own urban agriculture business and become a part of this growing movement!
Medium to Large Scale:
The Mason Street City Farm is a no-till urban farm nestled in the heart of North Park neighbourhood in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. They grow vegetables for their local community & restaurants using regenerative, organic practices that help to heal the land, soil and water that passes through our hand
TOPSOIL turns underutilized spaces, like the undeveloped Dockside Green site in Victoria West, into productive food growing sites. Using award-winning geotextile garden planters, Chris Hildreth and his team provide fresh produce to local restaurants and customers using carbon neutral bike deliveries.
Located in Vancouver, The Sole Food Street Farm is one of North America’s largest urban farming initiatives that has empowered dozens of individuals managing addiction and chronic mental health issues to become urban farmers and food lovers.
The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative & Food Lab converted 3 acres of land in Detroit’s North End into an urban farm and community resource centre. They use agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community.
The Ron Finley Project is one of the best known urban agriculture projects in North America. Ron Finley converts unused urban spaces such as parkways and vacant lots into food gardens and community hubs in South Central, Los Angeles.
La Finca del Sur is a non-profit farming cooperative in South Bronx, New York, that began on a vacant lot. Led by Latina and black women, this cooperative empowers healthy neighbourhoods by advocating for social and political equality, food justice in low-income communities and more.
Palenke Greens distributed 50 burlap sack gardens in the Capital Region District in 2020, working to reduce food insecurity and provide access to fresh, healthy, culturally-relevant foods. The burlap sack technology honour the legacy and symbiotic relationship between their African ancestors and the lessons taught by Arawaks and Taino people in the Caribbean. Now, they provide thousands of pounds of fresh, locally-grown produce through their Palenke Produce Boxes.
Join Our Workshop on Urban Farming!
With all of these incredible organizations in mind, we are hoping to support folks looking to take up the mantle and become urban farmers. If becoming an urban farmer lights you up but you aren’t sure where to start, join us March 15th at 5PM for a free virtual workshop on urban farming where you could learn about the basic skills needed to run a successful urban agriculture business!