At the early stages of healthy community, food, and agriculture planning often staff need a workshop to bring together different departments and perspectives to set out early directions. 

Urban Food Strategies provides services to:

    • Design and agenda and invite list to meet project objectives,
    • Provide 1 hour to multiple day workshop and courses on building community health and wealth through food and agriculture systems, and
    • Document the discussion and outcomes of the workshop and provide additional follow-up as needed.

Project Profiles


Mobilizing Community Food Systems (2015, 2016) | Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University

Food isn’t just about what we eat. Eating is only one part of a vast and highly complex global system that grows, processes, packages, markets, and ultimately discards food. Regrettably, today’s industrial food system is failing not only our communities, but also our environment and our bodies. But there is an alternative recipe for food systems—a sustainable one—that promises to bring food and agriculture back into our communities so that they’re more vibrant, vital, and healthy for everyone. Drawing from leading literature and best practices from across North America, this course explores the many dimensions of mobilizing community food systems including: food politics, food and farming in BC, urban agriculture and farming, regional food economies, food hubs, healthy built environments, food in design, public policy and food systems, food recovery and waste, transitions in food banking and the charitable food sector, food justice, food democracy and the right to food, food culture, and indigenous food systems.

Community Food Systems 101 (2012, 2014), Simon Fraser University City Program | SFU, Vancouver BC

Urban Food Strategies instructs a 2-day intensive course on community food systems geared towards mid-career professionals. Course modules cover a broad basis including community food systems foundations and frameworks, food access & security, food, health, & the built environment, making sense of local and regional food systems, food culture and how to engage in regional food systems.

Food System Policy and Planning (2015) | School for Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia

As co-instructor, Urban Food Strategies instructed graduate level students in three key planning for food topic areas: 1) The Healthy Built Environment 2) Food Hubs and Regional Food Economies, and 3) Agrihoods.  Students were challenged to question assumptions and think horizontally how food connects to all areas of community planning and development.

You Are Where You Eat, Community Forum on Linking Regional Food and Agriculture Systems with Healthy Communities (2014) | District of Central Saanich, Central Saanich BC

UFS prepared for and facilitated a full day of discussion to identify collaboration opportunities for local governments to build healthy communities, with over 80 participants including elected officials, municipal staff, farmers, community organizers and First Nations.  The outcomes of the forum will be used to identify collaborative action.

Healthy Built Environment Walkshop UBCM (2013- Volunteer) | Vancouver Coastal Health

Urban Food Strategies provided expert knowledge to a Healthy Built Environment Walkshop organized by Vancouver Coastal Health at the Union of BC Municipalities Conference in Vancouver BC. Over 60 elected officials and senior administers attended the half day workshop.