Pickering takes pride in its rich agricultural history, with over 8,600 hectares designated for agricultural land use.
Healthy food means a healthy community. Pickering farmers produce a wide variety of cash crops, as well as fruits, vegetables, florals, trees and livestock.
In conjunction with the Durham Region Economic Development Partnership, Pickering works to better the business infrastructure of our agricultural community, striving to ensure it has the tools needed to operate a modern, prosperous farming operation. Membership on the Greater Toronto Countryside Mayor's Alliance gives Pickering an active voice in the larger GTA-wide agricultural community to ensure an awareness of rural economic development issues and address the policies and legislation that address the development of our countryside economy.
The City continues to lend its support to such projects as the Pickering Town Centre Farmers' Market, and the community garden, both conveniently located in the heart of our downtown.