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Here is the link to the map I made on Google Maps:
North Vancouver Security Map, 2020

The main features are Lighthouses, a concept borrowed from the Cuban ventures in to decentralized, small-scale, organic farming at the end of the Soviet era. Lighthouses worked to bring the campesino farmers to a place where they could teach conventional farmers their traditional methods, where further research could be conducted and shared with other Lighthouses, and as a resource center for things such as seeds and oxen (to replace the tractors).

SeaFoods Lighthouse
An educational and resource center for seafoods, such as sea vegetables, fish, and farmed shellfish.

Acting as a conservation office, educating the public about sustainable seafood practices, and providing some seafoods for public needs.

In particular, focusing on the remediation of the local waterways to ensure clean, healthy seafoods, and on oyster farming, a sustainable way to provide adequate nutrition of animal seafoods.

Community Food Bank and GoodFoods Lighthouse
The Food Bank operates as a storage and distribution facility for city-grown foods coming from publically operated farms.

As well, the center gives workshops and provides information about diet, nutrition, the preparation and storage of foods (such as cooking techniques, fermentation, preserves, and root cellars).

Community Dairy Lighthouse
A community owned dairy farming and educational operation.

The resource center provides education to citizens about small-scale, home dairy production, usually with goats, as well as proper care and preparation of dairy products, such as storage and fermentation..

The farm operates a sustainable dairy operation, utilizing mixed pastures of ground cover, legumes, and trees. Dairy is provided to people in need, pregnant and nursing mothers, and public institutions.

Community Gardening Lighthouse
A gardening education and resource center.

Education includes how to create and manage a backyard garden, container gardening, rooftop gardens, with such important sustainability practices as seed saving, composting, bio-diversity in the garden, organic pest and weed control, and four-season harvests.

Resources include a seed bank, demonstration gardens and composting, organic fertilizers, innoculants (bacterial and mycorrhizal), and a library.

Wildcrafting and Guerilla Gardening Lighthouse
An educational center to teach the public about sustainable wildcrafting, preparing wildfoods, and basic home herbalism using wild plants.

Also teaching about guerilla gardening, using a variety of gardening techniques and ecoloigcal knowledge for the unconventional production of food in both urban areas and wild spaces.

Public Farms
A publically owned farm, providing root crops, grains, vegetables, fruits, and animal foods for the Community Foods Banks and some public institutions such as hospitals, day care, and nursing homes.

DirectFoods Relations Office
Coordinating the distribution of food, with focus upon the direct connection between producers and consumers, through farmer's markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs.

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Comment by Scott Douglas Fraser on April 30, 2010 at 11:17pm
Hmmm, I am having difficulty linking my map here. Perhaps someone has some help with this...
Comment by Scott Douglas Fraser on April 30, 2010 at 11:22pm
Comment by Turil Cronburg on April 30, 2010 at 11:49pm
Public farms, what a brilliant idea! It's amazing that it hasn't been done before. At least not that I'm aware of.

We've got private farms that donate to food banks and such, but it makes total sense to have public farms to do this too, and to use volunteer work to run it. Schools could run the farms, giving the students a great education, and free food.
Comment by Scott Douglas Fraser on May 1, 2010 at 12:08am

And also, I reckon that with the cost of providing food for hospitals, paying for government employees food expenses, and such, we could easily take that money and invest in the labour and resources for that food to come from locally-run farms.


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