15-0211 v3.0/Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community & Commerce/Is Foraging An Acceptable Method to Contribute Urban Agriculture

QUESTION

The prairie landscape will set down roots to stabilize and enrich the soil on which it sits and selected prairie species will attract pollinators that will benefit the other agriculture found within the landscape plan. Some of the plant materials will provide traditional uses directly on the skin, in the form of teas, grains, etc. This collection of plant materials will both provide and support the urban agriculture on the site allowing the whole to be a strong and healthy ecosystem. When it comes time to harvest, the best method to extract the usable plant material in the prairie landscape would be to forage for a particular species to attend to a specific use. This would allow individuals or groups to go in and collect different plant varieties while avoiding the common definition we have of harvesting. In a landscape where each interconnected and intertwined plant has a different use, this would also be a great opportunity for education on plant identification and use.

Is foraging an acceptable method to contribute to Urban Agriculture? 

ANSWER

Provided that the plants introduced to the site to satisfy the requirements of I02 Urban Agriculture are edibles or medicinal ethnobotanicals and that these plants are harvested and used at least annually, this is an acceptable strategy. Teams must make the case that regular harvesting will take place, and the products will be either consumed or applied topically. If some of the plants are not edible, the requirements of Exception I02-E2 Non-Edibles would need to be met to include those plants in the Urban Agriculture area calculation.  


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