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Farm stands on your street? Victoria, BC, rethinks retail rules

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Mason Street City Farm co-owner Jesse Brown says a Victoria bylaw permitting urban farm stands would allow him to open his farm more directly to the community. Currently, he can legally sell produce only to restaurants and at farmers markets. Photograph By Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist

The proposed bylaw would limit stands to 20 square feet, which she said isn’t appropriate for commercial growers. “It’s a great way for people to share their extra tomatoes with each other, but it’s not a good way to run a business,” she said.

By Amy Smart
Times Colonist
Aug 7, 2016

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The city’s bylaws were changed in 2008 to allow production of fruit and vegetables for retail purposes on a portion of a property. However, no retail sales are allowed from the site.

Under the changes, growers would require a $25 seasonal business licence. They would not need to apply for a development permit to build a stand.

The proposal will go to public hearing on Aug. 25.

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Allotments can offer so much more than just homegrown veg

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Allotments provide a sense of community. Photo/Handout/National Allotment Society.

Monday sees the start of National Allotments Week and associations are being encouraged to hold events across the UK to welcome people onto their sites.

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Farming Life
Aug 7, 2016

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When I ran a restaurant in Manchester in the nineties, a taxi driver supplied me with vegetables, all year round, from his allotment.

In the summer he would arrive with boxes of beans, peas, tomatoes, chilis, potatoes and greens. Winter would see root vegetables, pumpkins, leeks and onions. Vegetables just picked and covered in natural dirt will always taste better than washed and packed ones.

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