We are supporting eco-friendly agricultural practices and local food production on NCC-managed lands.

We have committed to four actions and six indicators under the “Sustainable food” goal. 

Our actions

Each action has a set of indicators — with clear, concrete and measurable targets — to evaluate success. The status of each are as reported in the 2019-2020 annual report.

8.1 Create a campaign to promote local food production on NCC-managed lands.

Launch a local food campaign | Begun, on track

  • In 2019, we launched a social media campaign to build on the local food campaign we had launched in 2018. The ongoing campaigns include farm brochures and maps, web content and the promotion of Greenbelt farms.

8.2 Create a food strategy for urban lands to complement the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Strategy.

Complete a food strategy | Not yet begun

  • We have not yet begun work toward this action.

Establish five new partnerships to help us carry out the urban food strategy | Not yet begun

  • We have not yet begun work toward this action.

8.3 Improve the conservation and quality of soil and water resources.

Launch five pilot or research projects to gather data about soil health and quality | Begun, on track

  • We have two ongoing projects to improve soil quality and conserve water on farmland. Since 2015, we have helped five Greenbelt farms transition to organic farming practices. We have also installed tile drainage systems on 242 hectares of farmland.

8.4 Diversify and increase food production on Greenbelt farmlands.

Complete an assessment of the food produced on NCC-managed lands (type, quality and quantity, currently and in the future) | ⬤ Begun, on track

  • In 2019, we surveyed farmlands to look at farming types. We will do follow-up surveys to continue assessing food production on the farmlands we manage.

Convert at least 200 hectares of existing Greenbelt farmlands for food production | Begun, on track

  • We converted 138 hectares of Greenbelt farmlands for food production in 2019. This brings our total to 461 hectares.

LEGEND:

Begun, on track: Work toward this action has begun, and the project is on track to be completed on time and for the target to be met.
 Begun, off track: Work toward this action has begun, and issues have arisen that have required the timeline for the completion of the project to be extended or that will make it difficult to meet the target.
Will not meet target OR Target not met: The target for this action will not be met or has not been met.
Not yet begun: Work toward this action has not yet begun.