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City of Côte Saint-Luc to become an urban agriculture leader in Quebec

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Unveils urban agriculture food charter and action plan

On April 18, 2013, the City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled its food charter and action plan to transform the mostly residential suburb into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec. Urban agriculture is the practice of growing food in or around a city. The Côte Saint-Luc Grown urban agriculture action plan announced at a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, new community gardens, a farmers’ market, and the distribution of food boxes.

Excerpt from the Mayor’s message:

Côte Saint-Luc is a city in constant evolution. Every year, we bring new initiatives to our residents to improve their quality of life. We watch global trends and try to incorporate them into the way we do business. We value innovation and look to the long term, not just for today’s residents, but tomorrow’s. Starting this spring, Côte Saint-Luc will join the ranks of Toronto, Vancouver, and Chicago and embrace urban agriculture.

Spearheaded by our City Manager Tanya Abramovitch and fully endorsed by our Council, the Côte Saint-Luc Grown initiative will entice and empower our residents to take an active role in the growing of their own food and will make them more knowledgeable and savvy food consumers, and hopefully, healthier overall. It also places Côte Saint-Luc at the forefront what will surely be the wave of the future when it comes to food.

The goals and principles stated in the Food Charter set the tone for all the Côte Saint-Luc Grown initiatives. Over the coming weeks and months, residents of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in urban agriculture, in whatever ways suit their lifestyle. They can sign up for a space in one of our new community gardens or plant their own backyard or balcony garden. They can participate in gardening classes at the library and get involved with the demonstration garden located behind it. People can shop at the CSL farmers’ mar- ket, subscribe to a food basket, and more. All these initiatives are further explained in this document.

See the initiative here.

Read the document here.

In French:

Le 18 avril 2013 la Ville de Côte Saint-Luc a dévoilé sa Charte alimentaire et son plan d’action pour faire de cette banlieue avant tout résidentielle un chef de file au Québec en matière d’agriculture urbaine. L’agriculture urbaine est la pratique qui consiste à produire des aliments en ville et dans les environs. Annoncé lors d’une conférence de presse qui avait lieu à l’hôtel de ville, le plan d’action pour l’agriculture urbaine Cultivé à Côte Saint-Luc comporte plusieurs volets, comme la création d’un jardin de démonstration derrière le complexe de l’hôtel de ville et de la bibliothèque pour l’enseignement des techniques de jardinage aux adultes et aux enfants, les paysages comestibles dans les espaces publics, de nouveaux jardins communautaires, un marché public, et la distribution de paniers de produits alimentaires locaux.