Are you on the lookout for a reliable source of local produce to get you through the fall and winter?
Loutet Farm - North Vancouver's first urban farm and produce market - will continue to operate year-round.
Founded as a sustainable social enterprise that facilitates social, environmental, economic and educational benefits for the community, the farm is the first step in building a plant-to-plate local food system on the North Shore.
Created through a unique partnership between the North Shore Neighbourhood House, the City of North Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, Loutet Farm was designed for community members to become involved in and better understand food production and to have greater access to locally grown produce.
Employing underutilized public parkland provided by the City of North Vancouver, Loutet Farm operates as a working urban farm within a residential area.
Funds generated through the sale of the produce are directed back into the operations of the farm. In addition, the farm will offer a range of courses centered on sustainable food production for both adults and children and will engage the local community in farm activities.
Among its goals, the farm aims to integrate professional organic farming with sustainable practices including alternative energy; provide over 1,500 school-aged children living in urban environments a hands-on farm experience; provide educational opportunities for up to 5,000 learners of all ages, cultures and sectors.
The market is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the farm, 14th Street And Rufus Avenue.