07 Jul '12, 10pm

Vancouver Plants Orchards in Parks and Golf Courses | Care2 Causes

Vancouver Plants Orchards in Parks and Golf Courses | Care2 Causes

The word “orchard” generally conjures up bucolic fields, not asphalt expanses . However, there is a new trend. On Seattle’s Beacon Hill seven acres of underused land are being transformed into America’s largest urban “food forest.” Across the border, in Vancouver, B.C., the city is creating orchards as part of Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan . The 10th goal of the Action Plan is Local Food , and two of the top three priorities have to do with growing more food right in the city. This is not just talk. Vancouver created a Food Policy Council in 2004. They’ve allowed beekeeping since 2005 and backyard hens since 2007. Community gardens are spreading throughout the city. The city already has three urban orchards in city parks (Falaise, Gaston and Slocan) and a goal of planting seven more by 2020. There are fruit and nut trees in Ross, Memorial West and...

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