By Zoe Blunt

June 2009
Langford’s farmers, food lovers, and political bodies are struggling with the dilemma of farmland preservation

Along Bilston Creek, fat mallards flap and quack over a willow thicket and red-winged blackbirds perch on cattails to sing their spring songs. Nearby fields are dotted with blackberries, horse paddocks, and hay bales. But public notices on Happy Valley Road warn that new housing developments are on the horizon, and these farmlands and wetlands are getting squeezed by creeping urbanization. For years, Langford’s fastgrowth policies have put the city squarely at odds with local food and farming advocates.

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