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Food Security

Through its policies and programs, and by supporting community efforts, Burnaby is working towards increasing food security in our City. The United Nations World Food Program defines food security as existing when individuals “have availability and adequate access at all times to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. This includes supporting a range of Urban Agriculture activities including community gardens and urban bee-keeping (apiculture).

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The City partners with Artisan Farmer’s Markets to offer a weekly market at Burnaby City Hall from May to October (every Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM). 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. If you would like to volunteer with Burnaby Food First please email burnabyfoodfirst@gmail.com

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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. To get you started, or check out this beginner’s guide from the Environmental Youth Alliance‘Gardening Without a Garden’.

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