Focus Group Sessions: Hens and Bees
The City held a focus group session on November 30 to meet with hen owners to review and discuss the current hen and coop regulations that apply to urban and rural properties. Another focus group session is planned, this time to meet with beekeepers to discuss potential allowances for apiaries in urban areas. We are looking for participants with beekeeping experience (gained in Yukon or elsewhere) to take part. If interested, please email us for details. The session will take place on Saturday, December 9, from 12-3 pm. An RSVP is required.
The City extends a big thank you to the 296 people who completed Public Survey #2 for the Local Food & Urban Agriculture Strategy. The survey closed on May 15, 2017. Questions covered a mix of topics including food access, community gardens, and City compost. We're reviewing the input and will have a summary document available soon.
Public Survey #1 occurred in August and September 2016. A total of 159 people completed the survey, which asked residents about how they participate in the local food system, challenges they've encountered with policies and regulations, and interests for future food pursuits. Read what people had to say:
With financial support from the Canada-Yukon Growing Forward 2 Fund, the City is working to develop a Local Food & Urban Agriculture Strategy. The strategy will provide recommendations that help to support a stronger local food economy, promote food security, increase local capacity, and generate economic benefits that stay within our community.
How is the City involved in local food?
The City has a number of plans, bylaws, grants, and services that support and regulate different aspects of the food system. Here are a few:
- Community Economic Development Strategy: (pg. 11) Goal 1, Activity F: Facilitate the development of an agriculture and food production strategy.
- Sustainability Plan: (pg. 37-38) Goal: Resilient, Accessible, Food System (view progress).
- Official Community Plan: (pg. 71) Objective 17: Support local food production.
- Zoning Bylaw: Regulates land uses, including soil and non-soil based agriculture, and specifies development requirements and restrictions.
- Animal Control Bylaw: Regulates animal keeping and includes development regulations for hen coops.
- Environmental Grant: Provides financial support for initiatives that achieve sustainability goals, including food related projects.
- Land Leases: Land is accessible to community and gardening associations through low-cost lease agreements.
- Compost: Agriculture-grade compost is produced from organic waste and is available for sale at the Waste Management Facility.
Valleyview Community Greenhouse.