Food & Agriculture Project

In the spring of 2012, citizens of Edmonton were offered the opportunity to deliberate on issues relevant to the development of a robust and forward thinking policy for food and agricultural planning and decision-making in the City of Edmonton. Sixty-six citizens took up the challenge, and met regularly over a 6 week period to discuss issues related to urban food and agriculture, deliberate over identified goals for this policy, and develop (and debate!) strategies for implementing activities to foster these goals.

What are the Citizen Panels?

Citizen Panels are made up of a broad random, representative sample Edmonton citizens who come together to discuss, learn about, and make a recommendation to City Council. Each session focuses on a specific issue related to the project topic where participants will learn about a wide range of views on each topic.

Overall Objectives

  • Recommending strategies for food and agriculture planning in Edmonton.
  • Highlighting the importance of public participation in urban planning issues.
  • Demonstrating the value of public participation in City Council’s decision‐making process.
  • Creating an opportunity for diverse citizens to work together to develop strategies for food and urban agriculture.

Read the Citizens’ Panel recommendations

Perspectives from the Citizens’ Panel on Food and Agriculture

Below are short videos documenting the Citizen Panel process from April 28-June 2, 2012.

Food & Agriculture Citizen Panel Video #1 (April 28, 2012)

Food & Agriculture Citizen Panel Video #2 (May 5, 2012)

Food & Agriculture Citizen Panel Video #3 (May 12, 2012)

Food & Agriculture Citizen Panel Video #4 (May 26, 2012)

Food & Agriculture Citizen Panel Video #5 (June 2, 2012)