Urban agriculture allowed

Cathryn Sprague and her business partner, Ryan Mason, operate at 15 urban sites, mainly in the Whyte Avenue area.

Cathryn Sprague and her business partner, Ryan Mason, operate at 15 urban sites, mainly in the Whyte Avenue area.

Vinesh Pratap, Global News

Edmonton city council gives green thumbs up to more urban agriculture

Gardeners rejoice! The City of Edmonton has made changes allowing more urban agriculture and local food production within city limits.

City Council approved changes to establish three new land use classifications within the City’s Zoning Bylaw:  urban outdoor farms, urban indoor farms, and urban gardens.

The new classes will create a place for urban agriculture and distinguish it from related activities like conventional farming, greenhouses, nurseries and garden centres. The changes go into effect in February 2016.

READ MORE: Urban farming a growing trend in Edmonton

The city said removing barriers will help make Edmonton a more environmentally sustainable and resilient city.

“The changes mean residents can expect to see beautification of vacant and underutilized lots, more community gardens, and an increase in local food businesses in commercial areas and temporary spaces,” said Colton Kirsop, senior planner for the City’s Zoning Bylaw Implementation Team.

Read the full article: Global News

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.