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Vancouver Park Board Food Action Plan integrates local food into parks and recreation system

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Fifty-five actions covering all aspects of the local food cycle, from growing to composting

July 2013

GOAL 1.2 – Support growing more food on Park Board lands

Excerpt: Points 9-17

Build a pollinator garden as a pilot integrating native, edible pollinator-friendly plants in place of ornamentals.

Approve and build at least two new community gardens.

Pilot planting of fruit trees on one city boulevard site.

Increase planting of fruit and nut trees in neighbourhood parks.

Extend range of possible food assets that can be applied for through the annual community garden call for expressions of interest (eg. bee keeping, orchards, food forests, collaborative gardens, cultural food assets).

Establish framework/criteria to incorporate food growing opportunities in different types on under-utilized spaces based on inventory (action 6), and recruit partners to grow in these spaces.

Increase planting of edible and pollinator plants, and culturally diverse and indigenous plants, in place of ornamental plants throughout Park Board landscape.

Increase planting of fruit and nut trees in the street tree system, including development of capacity, management practices and partnerships to address challenges.

Pilot a permaculture design and installation, focused on supporting local food systems, guided by local cultures, including First Nations cultures, and designed appropriately for a Vancouver park.

See the report here.