Using Hamilton as a case study, a GIS model will be created to identify suitable sites for urban agriculture that will improve local food security, mitigate the effects on hydrologically sensitive areas and allow adequate growing conditions for an urban farm. The following objectives outline relevant variables as well as the Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) process that will be followed. Additionally, strengths and limitations of this study are discussed bellow.
Objective 1: To identify factors limiting and or influencing the effectiveness of siting urban agriculture in brownfields and vacant lands
Objective 2: To develop a GIS-based model to create a suitability map of potential sites for urban agriculture
Objective 3: To apply the model to determine optimal vacant properties within urban areas of Hamilton Ontario for urban agriculture
Objective 4: To evaluate the strengths and limitations of the GIS-based urban agriculture siting model