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Food Security

Community GardenThe City of Burnaby has a long history of supporting food security in our community. The World Health Organization defines food security as “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”.

Through its policies and programs, and by supporting community efforts, Burnaby works to make sure that food security is growing in our City. This includes supporting a range of Urban Agriculture activities including community gardens and urban bee-keeping (apiculture).

The City also partners with Artisan Farmer’s Markets to offer a weekly market at Burnaby City Hall (every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., May to October). As well, City Food Services is increasingly incorporating organic and/or locally grown food and culinary products grown on-site into their menus.

The City is also a member of Burnaby Food First , which is a group of community members and local agencies working together on food issues in Burnaby. Since the group was formed in 1999, the City has been an active participant in and supporter of the many public programs Burnaby Food First offers. The City is also a partner in the bi-annual Empty Bowls Fundraising Gala, which raises money to feed hungry people in Burnaby through a variety of community programs. If you would like to volunteer with Burnaby Food First please email burnabyfoodfirst@gmail.com.

Burnaby also encourages residents to be active gardeners and to grow food as well as flowers. If you have a backyard, but are not interested in gardening, the Sharing Backyards program will help you connect with people in Burnaby who are interested in helping you garden. It’s also a great way to meet your neighbours!

Or, if you live in an apartment or townhouse and don’t have access to land, consider taking up container gardening. You’ll be amazed at how much food you can grow on your balcony or deck. Burnaby Food First has lots of great resources on their website to get you started, or check out this beginner’s guide from the Environmental Youth Alliance‘Gardening Without a Garden’.

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Photo Credit: Burnaby NewsLeader

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