Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District today launched “Growing Solutions: Local Appetites for Climate Action”, an initiative which aims to help celebrate and encourage local food production by establishing five new school vegetable gardens and delivering a household educational campaign designed to inspire more people to grow, buy and support food from the capital region.
Between March and June 2012, the CRD Climate Action Program will engage thousands of citizens on food and climate connection through community events, and on-line.
Food related transportation in the capital region accounts for an estimated 695,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). “By growing food in both urban and rural areas of the region, we can help to reduce GHG emissions, better prepare for climate change impacts, and support sustainable economic development", said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. "This project provides a tangible way for individuals to take action and supports our goal to create a resilient, healthy and vibrant capital region.”
Individuals can pledge to change a food-related behaviour or submit a photo that exemplifies the beauty and benefit of the local food movement. Draw prizes include tickets to the Island Chef’s Food Fest at Fort Rodd Hill, coupons for the Good Food Box, backyard composters, gardening prize packs and more.
The Growing Solutions Food Finder map helps citizens and tourists alike navigate local farms, markets, special events, and community gardens. The Food Resources section showcases more than 35 community organizations that are working to increase food security and enhance community well-being.
“As a member of the Victoria community for 40 years, we are glad to support Growing Solutions and the new school gardens,” said John Tinker, franchisee of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar in Victoria. “These will be a great way for young people to get involved in the community.”
The CRD established a partnership with Lifecycles Project Society to construct the five new school gardens and provide hands-on workshops for students, teachers, parents and community members. Photos and progress of each of the gardens can also be viewed through the Growing Solutions website.
For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications