Victoria, BC–- The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved the Regional Food and Agriculture Strategy. The Strategy identifies the top issues facing the region‘s food and agriculture sector and provides recommendations for addressing challenges. The Strategy aims to enhance awareness of local agricultural issues and opportunities and increase local food production. The Strategy has been developed with the intent of complementing existing local agricultural area plans and provincial legislation/policy.
“Local food production is very important to our food security, local economy and environment. The Regional Food and Agriculture Strategy recognizes the benefits of developing local food systems and sets out concrete steps to support individuals, businesses and First Nations in accessing and adopting local options.” said CRD Board Chair, Barbara Desjardins.
The Strategy identifies approaches to key issues such as increasing access to farm land through a potential land bank or farmland trust, increasing farmers’ awareness of tools to address wildlife damage, working with partners to increase economic development opportunities, and addressing storm water and drainage issues.
The first step in implementing the Strategy is the formation of a regional food and agriculture task force. The task force will provide input to the Planning Transportation and Protective Services Committee to help set priorities and advance the Strategy recommendations. The task force members will represent non-profits, municipalities with significant agricultural land holdings or interests in food and agriculture, First Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture. Task force appointments are intended to reflect the geographic and sectoral diversity of the Capital Region food and agriculture economy.
The Strategy was developed with strong support and input from the agricultural sector, with the intent of complementing existing local agricultural area plans and provincial legislation and policy. First Nations interests were strongly represented throughout the development of the Strategy.
For more information, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/project/food-agriculture
Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.
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