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Calgary’s Food Action Plan

The City of Calgary Food Action Plan – Calgary Eats! builds on community-led efforts to create a healthy, equal and sustainable food system. Its goal is for every Calgarian to have access to local, healthy and environmentally friendly food.  

Principles​

Local: Products made, baked, grown, processed and sold in Alberta are supported and balanced in the context of national and international markets.

Accessible: All people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and preferences for a healthy lifestyle.

Secure supply: There is a consistent supply of sufficient, safe and nutritious food available that is not vulnerable to fluctuations such as high fuel prices and natural disasters.

Environmentally sustainable: Calgary’s food system ensures the protection of air, land and water, critical for achieving healthy ecosystems by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, potable water use and waste, and maximizes efficient use of land, air quality and biodiversity.

Healthy: Food and beverages listed in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide are prepared and served in a way that supports national and provincial recommendations for sugar, sodium and fat.

Community Development: The food system supports community development and economic opportunities in the community on a sustainable and inclusive basis.

Prio​rities

  • Removing regulatory barriers and creating more opportunities to build a sustainable and resilient food system through planning and land use.
  • Supporting and promoting the growth of local food through community gardens and urban agriculture initiatives.
  • Supporting increased accessibility to healthy food for all Calgarians.
  • Preventing food waste through education programs.
  • Supporting community food programs.
  • Research and community partnerships.

Current projects

Promoting Calgary’s local food strategy ​through Land Use Bylaw amendments​

Grow Food

Residential gardens

Household food production can range from growing herbs and small vegetables inside the house, to planting fruit and vegetables in the ground or in raised beds in front and back yards. Food production in your home can include vertical gardens, balcony gardens, rooftop gardens and greenhouses. A wealth of fresh vegetables can be grown in even the smallest garden plot or containers. The benefits of growing your own herbs and vegetables include:

  • Healthy fresh produce for you and your family
  • Reducing the environmental impact of food transport and storage
  • Connecting you to the natural ecological cycle of weather, growth and renewal

For more information on residential gardens, visit:

Boulevard gardens

A boulevard is the area between a private property and the public street. Although boulevards are owned by The City, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain the boulevards next to their property. Most boulevards are grass, but there are gardening options available to property owners in residential areas. To establish a garden in the boulevard area, you must obtain authorization from the traffic engineer; contact 311 for more information.

Local Food

Farmers’ markets

Shopping at local farmers’ markets is a great way to support local food. Visit the Alberta Farmers’ Market Association to find a market in your area.

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) connects local growers with consumers through a share program. Consumers provide financial support through the purchasing a share through a local grower. In exchange, they receive a weekly box of locally-grown produce. The box contents vary depending on weather and harvest. By becoming a member of a farm, shareholders allow the farmer more financial security by assuming some of the growing risk with the farmer.

Need food?

For information on where to find emergency food, lower cost food, cooking programs and other community food programs, visit Inform Alberta​.

Contact

Building relationships between local farmers, processors, residents, community leaders, and other food system representatives is key in facilitating the resolution of food system issues and our success.

For questions or input, email sustainability@calgary.ca​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​