Revised bylaw will welcome urban farming – Victoria BC 2008
World War 1 poster. 1914-18. Canada Food Board
Artist: Joseph Ernest Sampson 1887-1946
2008 – Revised bylaw will welcome urban farming
By Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist
October 04, 2008
Farming will soon become a legitimate home occupation in Victoria. Victoria councillors have approved changes to the municipality’s zoning bylaw to include urban agriculture as an allowable home occupation for up to two people living in a house.
The change won’t mean dairy cattle or hogs competing for space in your neighbour’s garden shed, though. Under the bylaw, urban agriculture will defined as the growing of fruit or vegetables only.
The change also forbids food sales at gates or commercial greenhouses.
Urban farming is not new in Victoria: Large gardens can be found in virtually every neighbourhood. The changes to the zoning bylaw are intended to recognize the city’s desire to encourage small-scale agriculture within its borders, as well as put in place rules to govern it as it grows in popularity.
Some background from October, 2007
Council approved the following Urban Agriculture Resolution: The City of Victoria supports in principle the concept of urban agriculture as a valuable community resource — and urban gardens and the marketing and sale of food and food related products have significant and growing economic benefit in the community. See link here.