Campbell River’s Food Map (www.foodmap.campbellriver.ca) is just over a month, old and nearly 3,500 people used it in the month of May to find local food. And, this month’s Community Opinion Poll through the City’s website found that 70 per cent of respondents plan to use the Food Map to buy more local products.
The Food Map can do more than just find local food retailers. The tool also hosts an inventory of potential land for food growing initiatives. Some City-owned properties (such as parks and vacant lots) have been listed on the Food Map. While these spaces are not guaranteed for urban agriculture projects, the database provides a starting point for groups and associations who are interested in establishing new community gardens, urban orchards, food forests and other food growing projects.