The availability of tools and resources for public and private sectors allows for increased knowledge and capacity for project implementation.

The field of regional healthy community and food system planning design and engagement is complex and constantly changing and evolving.  Tools and resources are needed in strategic places to support the integration of community health and food systems in decision-making.  Urban Food Strategies synthesizes primary research findings, best practice research, and engagement outcomes to develop technically robust and highly-graphic tools and resources.


Project Profiles:

Municipal Food Policy and Practice Guide (2016) | Ryerson University, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Food Policy Council

Urban Food Strategies led a process to develop a comprehensive “how to” resource for municipalities developing food policies and practices in their respective jurisdictions.  Intended for an international audience, this guide sets out a performance-based framework for developing food policies and includes examples and best practices from around the world.  Some jurisdictions have already begun to use and fine-tune the Guide.

Welcome Garden Toolkit and Growing Roots Garden Case Study (2015) | City of Surrey, Surrey BC

Surrey BC is home to many new to Canada residents.  As part of creating a welcoming environment, the City of Surrey supported the development of a community garden specifically focused on creating community space for people new to Canada.  With knowledge exchanges, celebrations, and even food sales occurring in the garden, the garden has become important social infrastructure in Surrey.  To share this success, the City of Surrey contracted Urban Food Strategies to develop a case study and tool kit for how to establish Welcoming Gardens in other jurisdictions.  UFS interviewed key stakeholders including community members who spearheaded the welcome garden initiative and City Staff to create project deliverables.

Urban Farming Guidebook (2012) | EcoDesign Resource Society and Real Estate Foundation of BC, Vancouver BC

We developed content and facilitated focus groups with four municipalities to create a resource for municipalities to realign policies and develop strategies to allow and support growing food for sale within the boundaries of a municipality.

Planning for Successful Farmers’ Markets in BCs Towns and Cities (2012) |BC Association of Farmers Markets, Vancouver BC.

We led background research, focus group facilitation, and content development to compose a guide for municipalities to better understand and integrate farmers markets into BCs towns and cities.

Farm to School Guide (2009) | British Columbia BC Healthy Living Alliance, Victoria BC.

We conducted best practice research and interviews to develop a BC specific approach to linking schools and farms together. BC’s farm to school program is now very successful and receives major grants to develop the program.

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighbourhoods (2009) | US Green Building Council, Seattle WA

UFS team members worked with the US Green Building Council and an advisory committee comprised of mayor’s, sustainability managers, executive directors of nonprofit groups, and others to create an on-line resource for municipalities seeking to develop innovative strategies for reducing their GHG emissions.

Community Gardening Toolkit for Local Government (2007) | UBCM and BC Ministry of Community Development, Victoria BC

UFS team members worked collaborativley to develop a resource for local governments on how to plan for successful community gardens in BCs towns and cities