Roadmap to Brownfield Remediation for Urban Agriculture in Kingston, Ontario
Brownfields , Urban agriculture , Contaminated lands
As Canada continues to transition towards deindustrialisation, brownfields have become a problematic by-product that causes environmental and social issues within cities. Brownfields are especially prone to degrade communities in marginalized areas. The goal of this research is to determine the best practices for urban agriculture on brownfield sites in Kingston, Ontario. The City of Kingston currently has a Community Improvement Plan that outlines the policies and procedures in regard to brownfield remediation. Kingston has no urban agriculture on brownfield sites and there are gaps in the policies that guide the city on the most appropriate way to conduct a project like this on contaminated lands. This study was conducted by analyzing Ontario and Kingston government reports to determine the policies that regulate urban agriculture on brownfield sites. Case studies were selected to determine the best practices for urban agriculture in the Canadian context. The findings demonstrate that urban agriculture on brownfields is an integral component to Kingston Ontario sustainable growth. Whether the property is for mixed use such as housing and agriculture or solely agricultural, it promotes civic engagement and connects the community with the land and ecosystem.