Côte Saint-Luc launches first-in-Quebec urban agriculture initiative

Urban Agriculture in CSLCôte Saint-Luc, April 18, 2013 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled today its food charter and action plan to transform the mostly residential suburb into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec. 

Urban agriculture is the practice of growing food in or around a city. The Côte Saint-Luc Grown urban agriculture action plan announced at a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, new community gardens, a farmers’ market, and the distribution of food boxes.

“The goal is to entice and empower our residents to take an active role in the growing of their own food to make them more knowledgeable and savvy food consumers, and hopefully, healthier overall,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “In a short time, we have put together programming that will help contribute to personal and community wellness, now and for the future.”

In addition to the action plan, Côte Saint-Luc also unveiled its food charter, which is a statement of values and principles to guide the food policy. The goals of the food charter are wellness, the creation of great places, community building, food security, the joy of growing food, sustainability and more.

The action plan and food charter are available at CSLGrown.org.

“Over the coming weeks and months, residents of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in urban agriculture, in whatever ways suits their lifestyle,” Mayor Housefather said. “They can sign up for a space in one of our new community gardens or plant their own backyard or balcony garden. They can participate in gardening classes at the library or learn at the demonstration garden. People can shop at the Côte Saint-Luc farmers’ market, or sign up to get a food basket, and more.”

Cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Chicago have already embraced urban agriculture.

“There has been a rising concern about where our food comes from over the last few years, which has led people to get more engaged with what they eat,” said City Manager Tanya Abramovitch. “Urban agriculture is not a passing fad, but rather something that more and more urbanites are demanding. It is the future. Côte Saint-Luc City Council recognized this reality and mandated me to make Côte Saint-Luc a leader in urban agriculture.”

In February, Côte Saint-Luc launched a survey to gauge interest for a farmers’ market. More than 700 people responded to the survey and the city’s Facebook post on the subject received the most likes, shares, and positive comments of any item the city has ever posted.

 

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

 
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