Growing and Raising Food

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​Community gleaning

Community gleaning programs organize volunteers to pick surplus produce from gardens, backyards, orchards or farms, so that it doesn’t go to waste.  The whole community benefits!

Homeowners and farmers get help to harvest their extra vegetables and fruit. People who need it get free fresh local fruits and vegetables. Volunteers get fresh air, exercise, a fun social activity and to take home a share of the produce they picked. Community partners get to share the free produce with their clients.

Community gardens

Community gardens consist of a piece of land for community members to gather and grow vegetables  and fruit,  as well as learn and share gardening skills and socialize with one another.

Getting involved in a community garden is a great way to increase access to fresh, local, and affordable food within your community.

Urban farming

Urban farming consists of growing and producing food in a city setting. It can include several different food production activities such as backyard gardens, Rooftop gardens, container gardens, greenhouses, and more.  Starting a garden in your yard or on your patio is a good way to create a beautiful green space and grow your own food.

Raising backyard chickens

Raising backyard chickens in an urban environment promotes and contributes to the development of a sustainable, local food system. Urban chickens that are well cared for provide a regular, convenient source of eggs that are rich in nutrients and allow families to know how the chickens have been raised, fed and treated. Check with your municipality to find out about bylaws which may support the raising of urban chickens in your community. Interior Health is assisting local governments in their decision to permit backyard chickens.

Local food initiatives


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