Urban farms focus of event

The Food Action Society will host a session on the future of urban agriculture Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Vernon library.

The Food Action Society will host a session on the future of urban agriculture Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Vernon library.

“Growing food in urban areas is a relatively new idea for most of us, but during world war two, victory gardens in private yards, vacant lots and even public land were commonplace,” said Juris Vinters, Food Action Society chairperson.

“It’s inspiring to once again see private citizens and city officials embrace edible landscaping and food producing gardens in communities all over North America”.

The event will feature Laura Kalina, with the Kamloops Food Policy Council.

She is a registered dietitian and she has written numerous books.

Kalima will describe how other communities have successfully used urban land to grow food and increase food security.

“We will then host a discussion on the role that the general public, food action groups and local government can play in bringing these ideas home to our communities,” said Vinters.

The Food Action Society’s annual general meeting will follow the discussion.