Port Moody’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan sets a number of goals for our community, including fostering social connections and a sense of community through the promotion of urban agriculture. Urban agriculture focuses on growing plants within and around cities, for the purpose of producing food products (e.g. grains, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits) and non-food products (e.g. aromatic and medicinal herbs, ornamental plants). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations notes that urban agriculture “provides fresh food, generates employment, recycles urban wastes, creates greenbelts, and strengthens cities’ resilience to climate change.”
Urban agriculture includes: community gardens; farmers markets; container gardening; growing fruit/nut trees, berries, or vegetables in your yard; keeping bees; and edible landscaping (adding edible plants to an ornamental garden).
A community garden is a piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens can be used to grow food or ornamental plants for personal use or for donation, and they’re a great way to connect with your neighbours and with the natural environment.
Port Moody has two community gardens. The Port Moody Police Department Community Garden is located at 3051 St. Johns Street, next to the Port Moody Public Safety Building. For information, please visit the group’s Facebook page or email Lori Greyell at email@example.com.
You’ll find the Inlet Park Community Garden on Murray Street (3000 block). For information, email Gina Pero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Sunday from November to April, you can shop for local B.C. produce, baked goods, and artisan crafts at the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, located at the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Road). Visit makebakegrow.com to learn more.
Container gardening – growing plants in pots or containers instead of in the ground – is perfect for people who want to grow food or herbs but don’t have enough space to plant a traditional vegetable garden. If you want to know how to get started, and what kinds of plants work best with our climate, visit your favourite gardening centre.
The City of Port Moody conducted a pilot project in 2017 to promote container gardening by showcasing edible plants in the concrete planters outside City Hall (100 Newport Drive). A wide variety of plants were introduced, including beets, broccoli, carrots, dill, lettuce, oregano, and many more. Horticulture staff also worked with the Port Moody Public Library to create a children’s program called “Where the Wild Things Grow,” which gave young children a chance to interact with the edible plants, and learn about planting, harvesting, and how food makes its way from farm (or container) to table.
Also known as apiculture, urban beekeeping helps with pollination, biodiversity and honey production in our community. The provincial government recognizes and regulates urban beekeeping under the Animal Health Act. Beekeepers in Port Moody must register with the B.C. government according to provincial law, or risk confiscation of their hive, substantial fines, or both. Click here to learn more about urban beekeeping in Port Moody.
You don’t need to be a beekeeper to help support a healthy bee population – you can help by planting gardens to feed pollinators. Visit Feed the Bees or Border Free Bees for ideas and information. The City of Port Moody has converted some of its traffic medians from traditional lawn grass to pollinator grass blends that support native bee populations which, in turn, support the local food supply.
Reducing Food Waste
It takes water, energy, fuel, and packaging to produce the food we buy at the grocery store. Growing your own food and buying from your local farmers market are two good ways to lessen our impact on the environment. But what about the food we waste? Metro Vancouver is asking all of us to Love Food Hate Waste – that means keeping food out of our garbage carts so we can protect the environment and save money at the same time.
In Metro Vancouver, a lot of food gets wasted, and more than 50 per cent of this waste is avoidable. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website to learn how you and your family can make a difference by reducing the amount of food you waste.
Feed the Bees
Border Free Bees
Regional Food System Action Plan (Metro Vancouver)
The Edible Garden Project
Vancouver Urban Farming Society