Growing Food and Gardening in Mixed-Use, Multi-Unit Residential Developments

Urban gardening and food production help create healthy and diverse ecosystems while building community and our food security. It can also increase the value and amenity of buildings for tenants and owners alike, while creating or enhancing unique development project features.

To encourage urban gardening and food production in mixed-used, multi-unit residential developments, the City created the following guide:

Growing Food and Gardening on Mixed-Use, Multi-Unit Residential Developments

This guide aims to:

  • Offer tips, resources and examples to encourage the successful and durable incorporation of urban gardening and food production in new and existing developments.
  • Increase awareness about existing good practices and opportunities to innovate.

Building design and management opportunities covered in this guide include: 

  • Using common outdoor spaces such as rooftops and courtyards for community gardens and urban farms.
  • Incorporating edible landscaping and pollinator gardening into landscaped areas.
  • Offering educational activities and resources for home or community gardening.
  • Making vacant lots or underutilized spaces available for temporary community gardens or urban farms.
  • Integrating place-making and community gathering features complementary to urban gardening and food production.

For more information on this guide, contact Development Services at or 250.361.0316.