Mayor Darrell Mussatto wants to convert North Vancouver’s lawns to urban farmland.

“We don’t need a lot of expensive technical solutions like rooftop gardens. What about front yards and back yards?” Mussatto said. “That’s a huge land base, and how many of those yards are dedicated to turf?

“Twenty per cent of the people live on 80 per cent of the land, and most of their yards are lawn,” he said. “It can easily be changed over to fruits and vegetables.”

The City of North Vancouver is second in population density in the region, trailing only Vancouver. But Mussatto sees a lot of wasted space in people’s yards, space that could be producing food.

North Vancouver council has instructed staff to prepare an urban agriculture strategy.

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