Anezka Gocova, a Master of Landscape Architecture student with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, reflects on her experience of working with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Parks Board to support urban agriculture efforts.
WHAT CITY EFFORTS DID THIS PROJECT SUPPORT?
This project directly helped support City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan which aims to increase city-wide and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% over 2010 levels.
HOW DID THIS PROJECT CONTRIBUTE TO URBAN AGRICULTURE?
The global food system is already witnessing the negative consequences of climate change and drought. Urban agriculture has been identified as one approach that cities can utilize to empower residents to address food security concerns, and build stronger communities while doing it.
I helped develop the start-to-finish Urban Agriculture Gardening Guide, intended to get Vancouverites growing thus helping expand Vancouver’s neighbourhood food resiliency. The guide provides information about how to apply for, fund and design an urban garden.
HOW DID THIS EXPERIENCE COMPLEMENT YOUR EDUCATION?
The experience helped me learn how best to communicate with the public and provided me an opportunity to work on identifying and implementing strategies to make community resources more accessible.
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