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Wilderness British Columbia restaurant on the Pacific Ocean has a food garden


Chez Monique restaurant at km 44.5 on the West Coast Trail map near the Carmanah lighthouse. Photo by Dennis Knothe.

“Behind the kitchen was Monique’s ever-expanding organic garden where she grew all her own produce.”

By Jen
Extra Hot, No Water Blog
Sept. 30, 2009

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Monique’s is a motley collection of tarp and wood structures and outlying tents, nestled at the foot of the forest right on the beach amidst the driftwood logs littering the length of the coast. As we walked closer, I realized there was a more permanent wooden structure set behind that turned out to be her house.

Monique is an extraordinary woman. She’s French Canadian and her husband, Peter, is a Ditidaht. She’s been living on the West Coast Trail for 20 years! She and Peter starting out selling snacks and drinks to hikers, hauling their wares each day the few kilometers to get to the coast but over time built their home directly on the WCT, expanding their offerings as they expanded their property.

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City of Vancouver Food Strategy – PowerPoint presentation

Support and enable all forms of urban agriculture (especially community gardens and urban farms)

Update to Council
November 14, 2012
Standing Committee On Council On Planning, Transportation And Environment
Wendy Mendes, Social Planner, Social Policy, presented a status update on the proposed Vancouver Food Strategy.

Excerpts

Notable Advances

450 new garden plots were created from 2010-2012

Land area of urban farms has increased from 2.3 acres to 8.28 acres since 2010

Six farmers markets contribute $15 million/year to the local economy

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November 18, 2012   1 Comment

Edmonton adopts food and urban agriculture strategy


City meets country on the edge of Edmonton in this 2009 file photo. Photograph by Ed Kaiser,Edmonton Journal.

FRESH: Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy

By Gordon Kent
Edmonton Journal
November 14, 2012

EDMONTON – The city is going ahead with a food and urban agriculture strategy after councillors accepted a report Wednesday outlining how it will benefit Edmonton.

A food council is expected to be created to implement nine recommendations, including providing food skill education, expanding urban agriculture, supporting farmers and developing local food infrastructure capacity.

But there was little support among councillors for the controversial idea of saving large amounts of farmland, including a proposal by the Greater Edmonton Alliance to protect up to 600 hectares in the city’s northeast corner.

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