Urban Agriculture

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Urban Agriculture (UA) is defined as growing or producing food in urban spaces.

Urban Agriculture comes in many forms, but the most popular are backyard vegetable gardens, roof and balcony garden spaces, fruit trees and shrubs, edible landscaping, and growing plants in a controlled building environment (hydroponics).

The City of Pickering supports urban agriculture in a variety of ways, including:

  • hosting a weekly Farmers' Market
  • supporting the operation of the Valley Plentiful Community Garden
  • coordinating a 55+ Plot to Plate Community Garden Program
  • enhancing pollinator habitat
  • providing funds for urban agriculture-related projects through the City's Environmental Schools Grant and Community Grant
  • encouraging developers to support opportunities to grow food
  • supporting Official Plan policies and zoning provisions that encourage community gardens in all land use categories and zones
  • integrating urban agriculture into long-range plans
  • delivering annual workshops to educate residents about growing food

We want to hear from you!

Survey has now closed. Thank you to those who participated and shared their input!

Your ideas and feedback will help City staff develop educational programs and tools, select workshop topics, and explore new opportunities to support urban agriculture within the community.

Findings will be presented in a Report to Council in early 2024.

Urban Agriculture (UA) is defined as growing or producing food in urban spaces.

Urban Agriculture comes in many forms, but the most popular are backyard vegetable gardens, roof and balcony garden spaces, fruit trees and shrubs, edible landscaping, and growing plants in a controlled building environment (hydroponics).

The City of Pickering supports urban agriculture in a variety of ways, including:

  • hosting a weekly Farmers' Market
  • supporting the operation of the Valley Plentiful Community Garden
  • coordinating a 55+ Plot to Plate Community Garden Program
  • enhancing pollinator habitat
  • providing funds for urban agriculture-related projects through the City's Environmental Schools Grant and Community Grant
  • encouraging developers to support opportunities to grow food
  • supporting Official Plan policies and zoning provisions that encourage community gardens in all land use categories and zones
  • integrating urban agriculture into long-range plans
  • delivering annual workshops to educate residents about growing food

We want to hear from you!

Survey has now closed. Thank you to those who participated and shared their input!

Your ideas and feedback will help City staff develop educational programs and tools, select workshop topics, and explore new opportunities to support urban agriculture within the community.

Findings will be presented in a Report to Council in early 2024.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Urban Agriculture comes in many forms but it’s considered by many as simply growing or producing vegetables, herbs and fruits in urban spaces. The City has long recognized and invested in actions that support a resilient food system. We’d like your input to help us develop our Urban Agriculture Action Plan for 2024/2025. 

    We value your time and feedback and look forward to hearing from you. The survey takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. Those who complete the survey can be entered into a draw to win a free Vegetable/Herb Grow Bag Kit. 

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