Communities unite around food.
As we grow and find our way back to being a connected community I expect that growing more food locally will become increasingly common. Food production has a way of bringing us together. Whether it's through community gardens, backyard agriculture or land sharing for food production, we unite around that which comes out of the dirt.
The Loggers East Neighbourhood Plan is a great example of the direction I feel we need to go in the future to ensure residential growth pressures don't move us away from the agricultural history of Squamish. There was a time when farming was a dominant industry here. Significant amounts of hops were produced in Squamish and those hops were in demand throughout the region. Cows, pigs, chickens, sheep and horses were common. We need to make sure our future plans incorporate urban farming into our land use planning.