Dear Foodshare Friends!

The City of Nanaimo is undertaking community consultation around its plans for the East Wellington Park lands. With Foodshare’s 20 years of experience as an advocate for food security in Nanaimo; our experience working with Vancouver Island University (VIU), local farmers and producers; and managing the Five Acre Farm we can imagine great things for this park. However, we need your help in articulating that vision to the City of Nanaimo.  Your comments on the plan, on the website or the upcoming open house will be critical.

Our vision

This land is located on the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) — which comprises just 5% of BC’s total land base. The ALR was established in 1973 to protect land with prime agricultural conditions for farming and ranching.

It is a rare opportunity to have agricultural land set aside for community use and to be able to contribute to the park’s planning process. We see a unique opportunity for this land to achieve the best combination of agricultural, environmental, social, and recreational benefits for Nanaimo residents.

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Next steps

At present, dog walking and other activities have been envisioned as a focus of the land closest to the parking lot. Without an assessment of the agricultural potential, it is not possible to know how designating this use will impact the agricultural or environmental conservation uses of the property.

Foodshare is recommending that the next step for this park plan be to conduct a professional agricultural assessment of the park; this assessment will identify the areas in the park where agriculture is the best use. Once the assessment is complete, the agricultural areas can be assigned and developed to include recreation, education, and environmental restoration. We are advocating that the city hire a qualified agricultural professional to conduct the assessment.

Have your say

Help ensure that the agricultural potential of this land is available for future generations.

We appreciate your support!