Urban agriculture initiatives

A growing number of communities are embracing urban agriculture and enjoying the social, economic and environmental benefits of such activities. Many people are interested in local food and urban agriculture as it allows them to have more control over what they eat, know where their food comes from, and even enhance their self-sufficiency. There are many options for integrating local food and urban agriculture into the Airdrie community.

Urban agriculture is the practice of producing a range of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, and grains, in urban areas that have not traditionally been used to do so. Urban agriculture activities differ from rural agriculture in terms of scale and intensity of the activities.

As part of the City’s ongoing effort and commitment to identify and explore initiatives that will move Airdrie toward a more healthy and sustainable community, the City is currently undertaking the following initiatives under the urban agriculture project.

Bee City Designation

On November 5, 2018, City Council approved a resolution designating the City of Airdrie a Bee City. This will enable staff to file an application with Bee City Canada and become officially designated as a Bee City Canada community. We will be looking for six representatives from the community with knowledge and expertise in pollinator habitat and education initiatives to participate in a Pollinator Working Group created to support this initiative. Recruitment for community representatives will commence once we have received the Bee City Canada Designation.

Backyard Hens

The Backyard Hens Pilot Project launched in 2017 was a huge success. On April 6 Council approved an amendment to the land use bylaw to allow for backyard hens in the city permanently.

Urban Beekeeping

In early 2018, an online survey was launched to gauge public support for various urban bees initiatives, including urban beekeeping. Approximately half of the respondents indicated they were interested in having honeybee hives on their residential property (49%).

Building on the high level of community support identified through the results of the questionnaire the City launched a two-phased Urban Beekeeping Pilot Project (UBPP). Phase one of the UBPP consisted of an urban beekeeping pilot project on City-owned lands in 2018. Phase two will see urban beekeeping on private properties in 2019.

If you have any questions about the Airdrie Urban Agriculture Pilot Project, please call the Planning & Sustainability Department at 403.948.8848.


Airdrie currently supports

Here are some urban agriculture and local food activities that are already established and supported by the Airdrie community:

  • Airdrie Farmers Market: A great place to buy products from various local farmers, food producers and artisan vendors.
  • Airdrie Horticulture Society Community Garden: If you are not able to grow your own vegetables at home, joining a community garden is an excellent way for you to benefit from locally grown food.
  • Airdrie Food Bank provides food support to those in need and has a Plant a Row Grow a Row program, where residents can share some produce from their home gardens with the Food Bank.

  • There are four community orchards located in various communities throughout the City, which has edible landscape including various fruit trees and bushes that is available for the public to pick. Both residents and the Parks Department maintain the community orchards.


Want to learn more?

Check out these various urban agriculture and local food resources:


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