Friday, February 26, 2021

Ecotrust Canada plans in Prince Rupert for 2021 take members to the water and the farm ...

This year will be an active one once again for the staff at Ecotrust Canada, with plans hatching from their Ocean Centre offices that will see a number of initiatives return or debut.

The plans for the year come through an update from the organization which looks at all of their initiatives for British Columbia with Prince Rupert the focal point for a few of them, including on ongoing work in the local fishery and some urban agriculture themes.

When it comes to the fishery, Ecotrust Canada once again will be providing the electronic monitoring and bio sampling for the Area A Crab Association as well as work with Metlakatla as part of the Restorative Ocean Farming project, the later part of the work towards securing food security for the Members of the Metlakatla First Nation.

Learn more about the program below:

On land this year will see more steps towards development of an urban demonstration farm in downtown Prince Rupert, which will be focus on improving food insecurity within the community and demonstrating the feasibility of creating a diverse array of growing options in the city and region.

Earlier this month, Ecotrust received a letter of support from the City of Prince Rupert towards their urban farm concept.

In November of 2020, Northern Development Trust provided for grant funding for the City of Prince Rupert and Ecotrust towards their partnership on the urban garden program.

The organization will also expand on its work towards developing a Northwest Food Distribution network, looking for ways to increase the movement of local food products between the communities of the region and that way increasing food accessibility and expanding markets for growers and producers.

For more notes on those local initiatives and much more see this information relay.

The organization also wants to hear from you, towards issues that are of importance to the community particularly as the region works to recover from the impact of COVID-19, you can access the five minute survey here.

You can keep up with more of their work through the Ecotrust Canada website and Facebook page.

For a look at more sustainability plans for the region see our archive page here.

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