Local Food from Local Soils by Local Folks
Farm Gate Sales Will Reopen Spring 2013
Loutet Farm, a sustainable social enterprise that facilitates social, environmental, economic and educational benefits for the community is the first step in building a plant to plate local food system on the North Shore.
Founded as a unique partnership between the North Shore Neighbourhood House, the City of North Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, Loutet Farm is an exciting project designed for local folks to become involved in and better understand food production and to have greater access to locally grown produce.
Building a Plant to Plate Food System for the North Shore
Employing underutilized public parkland provided by the City of North Vancouver, Loutet Farm will operate as an economically viable urban farm within a residential area. Funds generated through the sale of the produce will be directed back into the operations of the farm while creating valuable green-collar jobs for north shore residents. In addition, the farm will offer a range of courses centered on sustainable food production for both adults and children and will engage the local community in farm activities.
Loutet Farm will provide a year-round harvest of locally grown produce with a commitment to;
- Creating social spaces for people to work and gather.
- Integrating professional organic farming with innovative and sustainable practices including alternative energy.
- Providing school aged children living in urban environments a hands-on farm experience.
- Providing educational opportunities for up to 5,000 learners of all ages, cultures and sectors.
- Encouraging physical activity and the role of healthy foods.
- Becoming financially sustainable within five years.
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2012 Sustainable City Award Winner
Loutet Farm won the inaugural 2012 Sustainable City Award from the City of North Vancouver this year. We’re very honoured to recieve this award, and thank all of the community members that have contributed to making Loutet Farm what it is today. ”The ‘Sustainable City Award’ acknowledges community projects and programs that exhibit excellence in all three areas of social, economic and environmental sustainability. The awards program promotes and encourages an integrated approach to sustainability, which is the basis of the City’s Official Community Plan.”… click here to read more about the award.
Where is Loutet Farm?
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Contact Farmer Gavin: Gavin@ediblegardenproject.com
The Loutet Farm is a project of the North Shore Neighbourhood House, the City of North Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia. This project is partially funded by Vancity, Concert Properties, Vancouver Coastal Health, Neptune Terminals, Mountain Equipment Co-op , Wesgroup Properties, Metro Vancouver, Great Canadian Landscaping Co. the Fulbright Canada Eco-leadership Program, Rainbird and Active Turf Irrigation- we welcome additional support for this project.