Grand Forks Food Charter

Proposed by the Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society and adopted by the City of Grand Forks Council – January 2013

The City of Grand Forks supports our national commitment to food security and the following values:

  • Access to safe and nutritious food is available within the region for all residents and is not limited by economic status, location or other factors beyond their control;
  • All residents have the information and skills to achieve nutritional well-being;
  • There is a local and regional food production system which supplies wholesome food to the region’s residents on a sustainable basis;
  • A commitment to food security strengthens the local food sector’s growth and development which in turn is central to Grand Fork’s economy.

Therefore, to promote food security, Grand Forks City Council is encouraged to work with community agencies, residents’ groups, businesses and other levels of government to achieve the following goals:

  1. Champion the right of all residents to safe and nutritious food by developing policies that support secure, dignified and on-going access to an abundance of food produced locally.
  2. Champion the importance of local seed and food production to all federal, provincial and regional government partners.
  3. Support agriculture through initiatives that highlight the importance of our farmers by working towards an equitable economy that values food producers and the land they steward.
  4. Advocate for the protection of local producers and agricultural lands by opposing the introduction of genetically engineered crops which threaten the genetic purity of seeds and the economic value of the existing local organic industry while exposing farmers to legal challenges.
  5. Recognize that water is an essential element to a healthy community and advocate for its responsible use.
  6. Adopt policies that encourage and assist municipal and regional residents to produce their own food on their properties.
  7. Encourage the use of our community garden to increase food self-reliance, improve health, contribute to a cleaner environment, and enhance community development.
  8. Consider applications for municipally-owned land to be leased for food production.
  9. Support events that highlight the region’s diverse food shed.
  10. Foster a civic culture that inspires all Grand Forks residents and all city departments to support local food producers and food programs by adopting food purchasing practices for City sponsored events that serve as a model of health, social and environmental responsibility.
  11. Support and encourage the continued separation of organic materials from the waste system to be recycled and be made available to nurture soil fertility while reducing compost and foodstuffs in garbage that attract wildlife.

Local producers refers to anyone growing food as a way of supporting their household whether financially with commercial crops or as homestead and backyard gardeners.