Welcome to Growing Green

Growing Green was a two-year (2002-04) law, policy and regulatory reform project focused on sustainable food systems for southwestern British Columbia.

Its goals are:

  1. to develop practical recommendations for law, policy
    and regulatory reform in strategic areas and
  2. to strengthen the capacity of voluntary sector organizations
    to contribute to agri-food policy development.

In addition to policy recommendations and policy tools for the voluntary sector, the project will produce "think pieces" regarding BC food systems, and a number of case studies.

The premise of the project is that although BC farms provide important ecological services (to soil, water, air, and habitat), they need to provide more such services for BC food systems to be truly sustainable.

The project publicly wraps up March 12, 2004 with a day-long policy forum in Vancouver called Putting Policy on the Table: Building sustainable food systems in Southwestern BC. Its objectives are to:

  • Highlight voluntary sector projects that are influencing
    sustainable food system policy, law and regulations in BC
    and elsewhere
  • Provide participants with practical tools and techniques
    they can use to influence policy change
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of the Growing Green
  • Discuss strategic directions for sustainable food system
    initiatives in BC
  • Strengthen the network of people working towards sustainable
    food systems for southwestern BC

Growing Green is funded by the Voluntary Sector Initiative of the federal government (through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), and by Tides Canada.




Growing Green benefits from the advice of an expert Reference Group . The Project Team is drawn from three partner organizations:
West Coast Environmental Law, FarmFolk CityFolk
Society, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

Link to PDF documents