We have put together the groups who support urban agriculture in our community
We want to connect you with the tools and resources you need to grow your own food. Let’s get everyone farming.
This non-profit organization promotes garden sharing, community gardens and food growing education
- Visit their website.
- Growing in Schools Project
- Fruit Tree Project
Urban Agriculture Hub. Connects you with what you need to grow food in our area.
Capital Region Food and Agriculture Roundtable (CRFair)
This coalition of organizations works to boost regional food security. They have been a regional backbone for over 20 years. Their website offers videos, reports, newsletters and event listings.
- Visit the CRFair website.
Growing and Sharing Local Produce
North Vancouver’s Edible Garden Project can teach you how to set up a sharing garden. Their network supports growers and gets their harvests in need. They’ve grown more than eight tonnes of produce.
Saanich Organics is a community of farmers from small, certified organic farms who work together and support each other. They deliver fresh local produce to the Greater Victoria area. What they grow is certified organic.
- They deliver to homes.
- They sell at Moss Street and James Bay markets
- They supply local restaurants and grocery stores.
- They run the seed company "Seeds of Revolution".
Gorge Tillicum Urban Farmers
This group of neighbours shares information about growing food. They also discuss issues surrounding food production. Email Gabe Epstein to join their monthly meeting or mailing list.
- Learn more at their website.
Gorge Park Community Gardens
The establishment of these community gardens is ongoing. This will continue into 2016.
Urban Farmers' Alliance of Victoria
This group of urban farmers collaborates to grow and market their harvests in the Capital Regional District. They represent four farms: Mason St. Farm, Donald St. Farm, Mother Felker and City Harvest Co-operative.
You can buy from them at various public markets and in select stores around Victoria.
- To find out where they sell, visit their website.
This community organic farm operates on land that was once saved from development. Saanich now owns it. Five separate businesses operate under the umbrella of the Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society.
What They Do
- Practice and promote sustainable farming practices
- Involve the community in sustainable food production
- Support a local sustainable food system
- Demonstrate the viability of small-scale farming
- Restore and enhance biodiversity within farming systems
- Demonstrate a cooperative community farming system
- Educate about agroecology
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific
The Horticultural Centre of the Pacific offers a hands-on gardening experience.
Sitting on 103 acres, the Centre operates:
- Demonstration gardens
- A conservation area
- A college
- And a bistro
Their mission is to enrich our community by sharing the beauty and joy of gardening and the importance of plant diversity.
Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre
This non-profit organization is in the Fernwood neighbourhood of Victoria. By offering school programs and adult workshops, they educate about community composting and gardening
This urban farming co-operative transforms backyards and unused urban spaces into thriving food gardens. In doing so, they provide a bounty of healthy, accessible food for our communities and a sustainable trade for their members.
- To produce food for our community, with our community, in our community.
Bee populations are an important aspect of garden and food production.
- Find more at the Ministry of Agriculture website.
BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN)
BCFSN works to create healthy, just and sustainable food systems in B.C. To do this, they partner with farmers and ranchers, fishers, First Nations and other locals.
- Build awareness through education.
- Develop balanced policy that stays true to sustainability principles.
- Do this while meeting the needs and aims of the many stakeholders.