fresh is Edmonton's Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy, developed in consultation with citizens, interested groups, businesses and organizations. It was approved by City Council in November 2012.
fresh is a high level strategy that will help guide Edmonton towards the vision of “a resilient food and agriculture system that contributes to the local economy and the overall cultural, financial, social and environmental sustainability of the city.”
Although we are still in the early stage of implementation for fresh, we have already made progress on some key steps, including:
- Formation of the Edmonton Food Council, our essential partner in helping to shape the future of food and urban agriculture in Edmonton.
- City Council approval of urban beekeeping. Visit the bee page to find out how to get a license!
- Edmonton's first ever urban hens pilot project!
- City Council approval of a Zoning Bylaw change to enable more urban agriculture activities throughout the city.
- A partnership with Northlands to increase local food purchasing of major distributors and institutions.
Ongoing partnership development with internal and external collaborators is key to helping us make progress on implementation of fresh. This is in addition to all the great things that are already happening on the local food scene in Edmonton! We are focused on seizing opportunities as they arise, so if you see a connection between your work and fresh, please contact us.