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In Cuba: Experts from over 15 Countries Debate Urban Agriculture

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April 18th to 21st, 2017 – 3rd International Congress on Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture

Prensa Latina
Havana, Apr 20

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Experts from more than 40 institutions in 15 countries are taking part in the 3rd International Congress on Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture inaugurated in Cuba Wednesday, to exchange and debate on food security and sovereignty.

The forum will be in session up to Friday at the Havana Convention Center, organized by the National Institute on Tropical Agriculture Research, the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, the Agricultural Enterprise Group, with the sponsorship of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).

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Luxembourg: Cows, pigs, sheep and goats are making their way to the city centre where an “urban farm” is being created

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Foto: Christophe Olinger.

Prime Minister attending: The aim of the event is to increase transparency and communication between producers and consumers, allowing people to ask questions and find out more about local agriculture.

Luxemburger Wort
Apr 1, 2017

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A number of animals will be there and activities have been lined up, including milking cows, agricultural workshops for children, a bouncy castle and pedalling tractors.

Market stalls sell regional products and other stands provide information about farming produce and wine.

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April 8, 2017   Comments Off on Luxembourg: Cows, pigs, sheep and goats are making their way to the city centre where an “urban farm” is being created

Brooklyn Law School: Growing Greens in the Grid: The Future of Urban Agriculture in NYC

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Thursday, April 6 – The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship

Brooklyn Law School
Feil Hall, Forchelli Conference Center, 22nd Floor
205 State Street
Brooklyn, NY
www.brooklaw.edu/directions

About the Panel Discussion:
The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) will host a panel and networking event to discuss the growth of the urban agriculture industry in the Brooklyn and greater New York City communities. Joined by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, members of the New York City Council, the NYC Agriculture Collective, and the Design Trust for Public Space (ADD), the panel will feature industry leaders and policy experts who will explore the technology and market forces driving innovation in urban agriculture, and chart a legislative path forward to expand existing policy, foster the creation of food production growth opportunities in local communities, and nurture thriving new agriculture businesses.

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March 28, 2017   Comments Off on Brooklyn Law School: Growing Greens in the Grid: The Future of Urban Agriculture in NYC

East Austin Urban Farm Tour Announces Lineup

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Photo source: Hausbar Farm FB.

Guided Urban Farm Tours | Restaurant Tastings | Wine, Beer & Spirits

By Brandon Watson
The Austin Chronicle
Mar 20, 2017

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Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling among the crops, visiting the chickens, donkeys and rabbits on four urban farms mere blocks apart. In the fields, farmers will introduce their crops, share their experiences as farmers and answer gardening questions. It will be the perfect opportunity to get your tomato dilemmas solved!

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March 26, 2017   Comments Off on East Austin Urban Farm Tour Announces Lineup

Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

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Date: Thursday 30 March 2017 14.00 – 17.30
Location: Aeres, Almere, Stadhuisstraat 18 Almere
RUAF

Urban Agriculture is increasingly seen as a promising area for new business development. However, starting an Urban Farm requires a variety of knowledge and skills. Knowing how to cultivate plants or rear animals does not guarantee success; you also need to be able to analyse markets and social networks, plan and respond strategically to new trends, as well as to manage and monitor results once your businesses is up and running.

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March 20, 2017   Comments Off on Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

Berlin: International Urban Farming Conference in September, 2017

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Call For Papers

The International Urban Farming Conference that will take place 11th – 12th September, 2017 in Berlin invites professionals and activists in the field of urban farming to apply with their abstracts by March 10th. Especially welcome are presentations on projects related to local governments and partnership projects between local governments of the Global South and Global North.

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February 24, 2017   Comments Off on Berlin: International Urban Farming Conference in September, 2017

Cultivate Baltimore

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An Urban Agriculture Workshop Series

Tue, February 28, 2017
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Come join Future Harvest – CASA, UMD Extension, Real Food Farm, and the Farm Alliance of Baltimore for the 3rd Annual Cultivate Baltimore workshop series!
Every winter, our organizations come together to sharpen our skills and broaden our knowledge about urban agriculture. Cultivate Baltimore is a weekly workshop series intended for experienced growers looking to take their urban farming businesses to the next level.

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February 16, 2017   Comments Off on Cultivate Baltimore

Slovenia: Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion

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Velenje, Slovenia. Click on image for larger file.

Employ Participatory Urban and Peri-urban agriculture (UPA) as a powerful and emerging method to improve public institutional capacities in order to tackle socio-economic exclusion of vulnerable/marginalized groups and to stimulate sustainable urban development in the Danube region.

14 February 2017 at 9:30
Velenje, Stari trg 3, Vila Bianca
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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In recent times, the main needs and challenges related to governance systems within the Danube region can be associated with decreasing public institutional capacities to incorporate participatory approach into decision-making processes. The absence of participatory mechanisms is contributing to reduced motivation of people to engage in governance and administration because they feel relegated from political, social and economic agendas and not competent enough to act as an equivalent counterpart and a considerable driver of “change”.

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February 4, 2017   Comments Off on Slovenia: Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion

FAO Webinar: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: a key to livelihoods and resilience or a concern for sustainability?

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A Webinar – Jan 20, 2017 – Water Footprint of Urban Agriculture: a first assessment in Rome

The FAO Technical Network on Sustainable Crop Production and Agroecology
Connect online here.

Agenda

10:00 – 10:05 am: Opening Mr. Guido Santini, Programme Coordinator for FAO Food for the Cities Programme.
10:05 – 10:45 am: Mrs. Anna Dalla Marta, DiSPAA – Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences – University of Florence. [See bio attached].
Mr. Orlando Cimino, Center for Policy and Bioeconomy – Council for Agricultural Research and Economics – CREA. [See bio attached].
10:45 – 11.30 am: Question and answer session

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January 17, 2017   Comments Off on FAO Webinar: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: a key to livelihoods and resilience or a concern for sustainability?

5th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference Coming

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March 4, 2017 – Opening Keynote Presenter: Curtis Stone, Green City Acres, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

The Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference continues to bring local and national experts, advocates, and innovators to support and promote urban farming enterprises across Massachusetts. Our local urban farming community, along with cross-sector partners, will again convene to address challenges, highlight successes and share resources at one of the best educational and networking events for this growing sector in the region.

Sample of Conference Sessions:

Rural and Urban Farms: Building Partnerships and New Market Models
Bio-intensive Farming in the City
Youth and Entrepreneurship: Models for Success
Civic Synergy and Urban Agriculture: Democratizing Food Production
City Planning, Innovation and Food Systems
Community Building: Partnerships that Foster a Viable Urban Farming Enterprise
The Case for a Smarter and More Integrated Agriculture Industry
The Massachusetts Local Food Plan and the Role of Urban Agriculture
Intensive Production Systems For Urban Farms
Greenhouse Management
Food Sovereignty , Economics and Gentrification

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December 19, 2016   Comments Off on 5th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference Coming

Vancouver Urban Farming Forum: A Success! 138 attendees, and over 30 presenters and moderators

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As a convening organization, we are pleased to bring together speakers with extensive experience in the food and farming sector who are working in diverse and creative ways toward an increasingly vibrant and resilient local food system.

By the Vancouver Urban Farming Society
The Forum was held on Nov. 26, 2016

Excerpt from program:

Karly Pinch, Shady Acre Farm
Karly Pinch started shady acre farm in 2015, after a season as an organic farm apprentice and graduating from the UBC Farm Practicum in sustainable agriculture. she came to farming from a passion for having a positive environmental impact in her career. Karly also works as a program coordinator and environmental educator.

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December 9, 2016   Comments Off on Vancouver Urban Farming Forum: A Success! 138 attendees, and over 30 presenters and moderators

London, Ontario: Hungry for Urban Agriculture

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(Gabor Sass photo)

Over the course of the day, there were more than 250 people who came to listen to 12 knowledgeable speakers on various aspects of urban agriculture.

By Glen Pearson
Special to Postmedia Network
December 2, 2016

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Gabor Sass, one of the community organizers of the conference, agreed, noting the key takeaway he got from the conference was “the establishment of a unique public-public partnership between city staff and citizen organizations.”

What will all this mean for London? Citizens will spot more community gardens, edible forest gardens, emerging forms of animal husbandry, aquaculture, expanded horticultural opportunities, and perhaps urban beekeeping in coming years.

In short, it will lead to the furtherance of cultivating, processing and distribution of local food in our region.

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Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”

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See some of the short films received in last year´s competition.

Wanting to receive short films from gardens in cities around the world, to enrich this festival

By Alberto Peralta
Organizer Humus Film Festival
Next event: Mar 24-26, 2017

This festival welcomes all perspectives and approaches to urban agriculture, whether amateur or professional, from surrealist or poetic visions to humorous or realistic scenarios.

Looking people who might be interested in telling a funny, personal or surreal story about the garden and the city.

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December 8, 2016   Comments Off on Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”

Digging into the benefits of urban agriculture: How can and do food policy councils support urban ag?

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Webinar Food Policy Networks: Nov 29, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Featured Speakers:
Shaniece Alexander, Director, Oakland Food Policy Council
Beth Low-Smith, Director, Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition

Growing interest in urban agriculture is inspiring widespread attention from gardeners to policymakers alike, across municipalities and states. Food policy councils play an important role in assisting urban agriculture efforts by advocating for legislation, funding, and other resources, as well as through educational support for urban food producers.

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November 22, 2016   Comments Off on Digging into the benefits of urban agriculture: How can and do food policy councils support urban ag?

Manitoba’s Open Farm Day – Opening the barn doors to the city

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Aurora Farm in St. Norbert, Manitoba.

“I’m about medium sized,” Toms remarked about his farm operation. “I’ve got 100 cows and about 800 acres of grain,” he added.

By Tony Eu
Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press
Sept 9, 2016

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“I started up about five years ago,” Toms said about participating in Open Farm Day. “I read it in the newspaper and I thought it’d be a good way for people from the urban communities, the cities and that, to connect with farmers,” he explained.

When asked what he thought about Open Farm Day, Toms replied, “It’s a way for people from urban centres to have a chance to go to the farms and see the different farms. It’s a good way for them to connect with the farmers and see what’s happening out in rural Manitoba.”

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September 16, 2016   Comments Off on Manitoba’s Open Farm Day – Opening the barn doors to the city