Urban Agriculture Strategy
This strategy was developed by the City of London and Evergreen, with significant involvement, direction and input from the local urban agriculture and gardening community.
It was developed to help the municipality and communities of London work together and support each other develop a positive environment for urban agriculture in the city. The action areas include growing, processing, distribution, food loss and recovery, and education and connections.
This means removing barriers to development, social justice and equality, the involvement of indigenous communities, accessibility to everyone, health and well- being.
See completed Urban Agriculture Strategy from 2017 here.
If you want to get involved with a local group check out:
- The Urban Agriculture Steering Committee, comprised of members of the community, met in November 2019 and most recently in February and April 2021.
- The last UASC task was to compile and update for City Council, which you can see here and comment.
- Students from the Master's of Environment and Sustainability program at Western University compiled a Guide to Urban Agriculture in London - find it here!
- Several bylaws have been updated to make Urban Agriculture easier for community members.
- An amendment to the Zoning By-Law in November 2019 defined and allowed Farm Gate Sales within London’s Urban Growth Boundary. Prior to these amendments, Farm Markets were permissible on land zoned as Agricultural (AG). However, there are no properties within the Urban Growth Boundary that are zoned Agricultural (AG).
- Farm Gate Sales are allowed on urban farms by a site-specific zoning by-law amendment within the Urban Reserve (UR) Zone that is within the Urban Growth Boundary.
- A second amendment in December 2019 was filed to allow produce to be sold from an existing urban farm within Urban Growth Boundary.
- Under the amended Section 4.11 (Household Sales) of Zoning By-law Z-1 now allows residents to sell produce grown on their properties within the Urban Growth Boundary up to 20 times a year.