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While much of our food is imported and/or transported great distances, Metro Vancouver is fortunate that the nearby delta, fertile valleys and a growing urban farming movement comprise our local food-shed. Supporting the urban and peri-urban farmers who grow our food helps to:
There are currently 15 farms in Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley that are participating in this project. From small, urban food producers to farmers located on the peri-urban edge, this project acknowledges that one of the most valuable assets a grower can have is a network of resources to draw on that is rooted in knowledge of local conditions. However, given there are no dedicated extension services, there is a clear need for mechanisms for growers in Metro Vancouver to access and share knowledge, especially around topics of climate change adaptation.The aim of the project is to explore strategies and approaches to farming that address issues, which improve growers' ability to weather changes and challenges brought on by a changing climate among other things. Emerging threats associated with climate change include, but are not limited to:
Often, these growers are expected to deal with environmental challenges on their own and at their own cost. This project serves to support these growers in finding much needed solutions and best practices that are site specific, current, adaptable to changing conditions and, most importantly, shareable. In this way, farmers can access better information without huge costs and augment the collective knowledge base of farmers in their area.
Funding and Project Support:
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6th Annual Urban Farming Forum: Sustainable Futures: Sowing Knowledge, Skills & Connection, on Nov 26, 2016
SPEC will participate in two afternoon sessions:
SESSION E - Building Networks, Resources, and Support for Small-Scale Farmers
Small-scale farmers are asking for resources specific to their growing systems. We continue to explore a multi-stakeholder, collaborative model that will provide extension services to support the needs of small-scale, urban and non-urban farmers, now and into the future.
Sara Dent, Young Agrarians
Hannah Wittman, Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems UBC
Orlando Schmidt, Regional Manager, Coast, BC Ministry of Agriculture
Kiara Jack, ES Cropconsult
Moderated by Art Bomke, Professor Emeritus UBC Land & Food Systems and SPEC
SESSION C - Children & Youth and the Urban Farming Movement
Rosalind Sadowski, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
Amanda Adams, Growing Chefs!
Nikoo Boroumond, SPEC School Gardens Program
Moderated by Samantha Gambling, Farm to School Vancouver Area Regional Hub
More information on the Forum and sessions can be found here