Find exciting updates on initiatives we are working on below:
Urban Farmer Workshop
Our urban agriculture program, Food Eco District (FED), is hosting a free 3-hour workshop on the basics of starting and running an urban farm at 5pm PST on March 15th, 2021.
The workshop will cover farm design, farm management, farm operations, farm economics, revenue streams, & selling product. Speakers include urban farmer Chris Hildreth from TOPSOIL and food policy and land experts from the City of Victoria and Young Agrarians.
Some of the necessary skills to create your own urban farm include:
A strong work ethic and being able to take initiative
Enjoying physical work outdoors
Organization & time management
Attention to detail
A passion for sustainability & food production
This workshop is part of the larger Street to Sky project launched by FED, which is working to connect farmers with urban land, foster new urban farmers, and increase accessible and equitable food production in Victoria. If your heart flutters at the idea of urban farming, come to this workshop on March 15th at 5pm.
This workshop is hosted in collaboration with TOPSOIL. Additional presentations will be from the Young Agrarians’ Vancouver Island Land Matcher on land access and the City of Victoria on urban agriculture policy.
Urban farms can be community magnets, creating vibrant and animated spaces. As the Greater Victoria population continues to increase, so does our need for access to local food.
Urban agriculture presents the region with a unique opportunity to turn underused spaces into thriving food gardens.
Recycled Plastics Manufacturing
The $5 million Recycled Plastics Manufacturing Stimulus Fund (RPMS Fund) will support projects in BC that are increasing the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic in the production of plastic items, focusing on innovation, supply chain resiliency and supporting the plastic circular economy.
In order to be eligible for funding, projects should achieve at least one of the following outcomes when it comes to post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics:
Increase BC’s processing capacity to supply more PCR plastics to product and packaging manufacturers
Increase the use of PCR plastics in manufacturing
Support PCR plastics product research, design, and testing, including trials that have the potential to increase the use of PCR plastic
This fund is administered by Alacrity Canada. The Alacrity Cleantech team will assess applications for eligibility together with Synergy Foundation, a circular economy subject matter expert.
The application period for the RPMS Fund is now closed. Approved applicants will be announced in April 2021. For more information on the fund, head to the Alacrity Canada website.
This project is funded by the Government of British Columbia's CleanBC Program.
More than 40% of all plastics are designed to be used once and then thrown away.
87% of plastics in Canada end up in landfills, only 9% is recycled, and the remaining 4% is incinerated.