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Peter Ladner is a lifelong food gardener and student of urban planning who became especially interested in urban agriculture while serving as a Vancouver City Councillor in 2002-2008. He worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city's program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010 as an Olympic legacy.
Peter has been publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded by establishing the award-winning Business in Vancouver weekly newspaper in 1989. He has more than 35 years of journalistic experience in print, radio and television and is a frequent speaker on business, community and sustainability issues.
He brings an invaluable mix of communication skills, food- growing experience and business savvy to the urgent need to bring more local, fresh affordable food back into urban living.
From 2009-2011 he was a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He is on the board of The Natural Step Canada.
He lives in Vancouver with his wife Erica on a lawn-free city lot dedicated to food production. They have four grown children.