Urban Farming Handbook
Those of you living in Nanaimo as well as many other spots around the world may have noticed that there is an increasing shift towards producing more food from our backyards even in urban environments as well as eating locally sourced foods. Many have heard about the relatively recent expansion of the vegetable garden at the White House for example, and locally we have seen the City of Nanaimo decide to allow up to four chickens or ducks to be raised on a single family lot within city limits. I am currently working with the Island Roots Co-op here in Nanaimo where we are working on getting a brick and mortar year round location for local farmer’s so that consumers can find the locally produced goods that they have so far had to make trips to (popular) outdoor farmer’s markets on certain times, days and not have access during certain months of the year. But that’s not the end of it. It’s an ongoing shift that seems to be just picking up steam.
Apparently the shift is strong enough so that the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board ( aka VIREB, a regional body that governs us real estate professionals) released the following statement in its newsfeed today:
The .pdf of the handbook is downloadable and worth a read in my opinion.