The conversation about local food and urban agriculture in Edmonton is heating up, and the man guiding it is Peter Ohm, manager of sustainable development with the city. Ohm recently spearheaded a series of public consultation initiatives, including the Food in the City conference in May 2012, designed to get input from stakeholders on how they wanted the city to deal with issues of food security and local food. One result of this consultation was a document called “fresh,” a strategy on food and urban agriculture adopted in November 2012. That strategy called for the establishment of a food council to advise city administration. Nominations for the council closed in June and, once established, it will tackle issues such as backyard chickens, urban agriculture education and food access. Ohm will be leading the charge from behind-the-scenes on any changes that will take place as a result of the council or the strategy adopted through “fresh.”
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Takeaway: Peter Ohm is leading the conversation about local food and urban agriculture in Edmonton.