What is it?
Local and sustainable food systems are a vital part of vibrant, healthy communities. A growing number of initiatives across BC are helping communities and food producers to meet the challenges being faced – including climate change and development pressures on agricultural land – that affect the ability to grow and process food locally.
Land development, real estate practices and natural resource development all have impacts on the amount and quality of land available for growing, gathering and processing food. Policies and economic levers, as well as support for sustainable food system innovation and leadership, can work to counter these pressures to ensure that land in BC is available and accessible for local agriculture.
In our work as a grantmaker, convener and collaborator, the Real Estate Foundation of BC supports work that:
- Increases options for land access and tenure through tools, research and innovative models
- Engages all levels of government in coordinating to ensure that land use policy, planning and decision making accounts for local food system considerations
- Integrates local and sustainable food systems into community planning, urban design and neighbourhood planning
Want to learn more?
Download “Local Food Futures for British Columbia” – a report on six regional dialogues on sustainable food systems.
Download “BC Public Attitudes Toward Agriculture and Food 2014” – topline findings from an REFBC-commissioned public opinion survey.
REFBC Initiative: Sustain BC
Grant examples: Local and Sustainable Food Systems
- Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable – Farmland Protection for the 21st Century; Developing Regional and Provincial Land Trusts for BC
- City of Campbell River – Campbell River Food Map
- FarmFolk CityFolk Society – Young Agrarians Land Access Guide
- Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council – Tsawwassen Farm School