Urban Agriculture Plan

What is urban agriculture?

Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around an urban area. This can include growing plants or raising animals on public or private property. Some examples of urban agriculture can include community gardens, edible landscaping, indoor herb gardens, backyard chickens, beekeeping and more. You may have seen examples of urban agriculture programs in other regional municipalities, including Edmonton.

Engagement opportunities

Public engagement has come to a close for this phase. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared current barriers and ideas.

From October 11 to November 23, 2022, residents had the opportunity to share their feedback on the future of urban agriculture in Beaumont. The public survey and workshops gathered ideas for where there were opportunities and challenges for urban agriculture and asked residents to create a vision for the future of urban agriculture in Beaumont.

If you haven't shared your ideas yet, there will be an additional round of engagement for this project in the spring of 2023. If you'd like to stay in the loop for future urban agriculture engagements, email planning@beaumont.ab.ca to be put on the mailing list.

Why was this plan created?

Agriculture is a celebrated pillar of Beaumont’s heritage, and the City recognizes the role that urban agriculture can play in enhancing the community’s future. Urban agriculture contributes to the livability of our city and has environmental, economic and social benefits.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted vulnerabilities in the supply chain and the growing impacts of climate change, and increased our understanding of the effects of agricultural land fragmentation. These factors all amplify the importance of urban agriculture in our community. 

There are also urban agriculture information, requirements and legislation within other documents: 

  1. the Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Board’s Regional Agriculture Master Plan (RAMP);
  2. Beaumont's Our Complete Community Municipal Development Plan; and 
  3. the Beaumont Agriculture Report (led by the University of Alberta Planning Studio).