UBC Undergraduate Research

Key urban agriculture trends in Vancouver for 2040 Lhotka, Gabrielle


The aim is to find and analyse the localized trends of urban agriculture that are taking place in Vancouver and then categorize them according to their efficiency, viability and long-term potential, as we are looking at a 2040 time frame, with their barriers and enablers. Literature reviews were executed to understand theory, ideology, concepts and local trends from periodicals and websites to gain an extensive understanding of urban agriculture in the wide scope. Urban agriculture within the city of Vancouver is struggling to find a long-term foothold due to many issues including: Overuse/misuse of technology, Funding (underfunding or poor budgeting), Community attitudes, Lack of knowledge about agriculture/food safety, Long-term, sustained relevance, Bureaucratic struggles and Lack of usable space in terms of a growing city. Having stated the barriers urban agriculture trends are facing in Vancouver for 2040 I would recommend focusing on those trends that emphasize: strong community involvement through social media and programs, therefore securing the long-term commitment of the people supporting and encouraging them; educational programs that teach the community to overcome their fears of agriculture and prepare them to individually explore farming; movable or adaptable planting spaces with technology and permaculture models that complement yet do not detract from the purpose at hand; and alternative food assets such as farmers markets and kitchens that complement the agricultural processes and reach out to the community also maintaining the profit cycles and closed-looped energy systems. Having community gardens incorporate these trends in manners such as SOLE food has, but taking them a step further to include other spaces and technological benefits would be ideal.

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