The case of Compassion Farm in Lantzville on Vancouver Island was the inspiration for a community-based research project for students in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS). Compassion Farm is an organic farm situated on a 2.5 acre property that is zoned as residential. A local zoning bylaw states that the owners cannot use their property for agricultural purposes and this has led to a legal battle with the District of Lantzville and also a wider discussion about issues of urban agriculture and food security. Through LFS’s Land, Food and Community 350 course, the students were tasked to navigate the provincial and municipal policy environment relating to the issue of small-scale farming on residential land and to research relevant case studies of urban agriculture policies in North America.
The students’ contribution to the body of knowledge of urban agriculture policies provides additional resources to BC communities in the process of re-examining or developing their urban agriculture policies.
Courtesy of UBC in Your Community: http://governmentrelations.ubc.ca/files/2012/05/UBCIYC2012MayNANA.pdf