Virginie Lavallée-Picard’s farming experience and her interest in sustainable food systems are rooted in her studies in human ecology. She divides her time between managing a small-scale market garden, writing and sustainability consulting. Depending on the season, Virginie lives in Metchosin,Vancouver Island, or Gatineau, Quebec.
Just across the river from Ottawa, in Gatineau, the old Hull sector is now home to a few community-based initiatives that are contributing to a revitalization of the town and the region. Amongst them is the Marché de Solidarité Régionale de l’Outaouais, a citizen-initiated cooperative which makes local food available to the people of the Outaouais region and helps farmers overcome distribution and marketing challenges.
In Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a new model of urban agriculture is creating employment opportunities for inner city residents, greening the streets and improving food security in the neighbourhood.