Category — Events
FAO Webinar: Urban and peri-urban agriculture: a key to livelihoods and resilience or a concern for sustainability?
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.
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
January 17, 2017 No Comments
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
Food Sovereignty , Economics and Gentrification
December 19, 2016 Comments Off on 5th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference Coming
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.
December 9, 2016 Comments Off on Vancouver Urban Farming Forum: A Success! 138 attendees, and over 30 presenters and moderators
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
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.
December 9, 2016 Comments Off on London, Ontario: Hungry for Urban Agriculture
Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”
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.
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?
Webinar Food Policy Networks: Nov 29, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST
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.
November 22, 2016 Comments Off on Digging into the benefits of urban agriculture: How can and do food policy councils support urban ag?
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
“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.”
September 16, 2016 Comments Off on Manitoba’s Open Farm Day – Opening the barn doors to the city
Takes place between July 30 and Aug. 14.
Urban fruit and vegetable production and marketing at Franklinton Gardens
Large-scale urban farm, Clarfield Farm
Multi-location, mission-drive urban farm, Italian Village Urban Farm
Demonstration food garden tour at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus at the Franklin Park Conservatory
July 18, 2016 Comments Off on Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series by the Ohio State University Extension office
The symposium will take place on September 30th, 2016 from 9am to 5pm, Washington DC
Kathleen Merrigan, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Sustainability
The Sustainability Collaborative
The George Washington University
The GW Sustainability Collaborative’s annual symposium brings together policy makers, academics and practitioners to identify current scientific findings and future research questions in the field of sustainability. This year’s conference will focus on the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill and the potential for the first ever Urban Agriculture Title. The first half of the one-day symposium will center on land-based urban and peri-urban agricultural systems. The second half of the day will focus on non-land based (i.e. hydroponic, roof, vertical) urban and peri-urban farming.
July 15, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture and the Next Farm Bill Symposium
Cultivate Kansas City’s Urban Grown Tour on June 25 + 26
During this self-guided tour, you can explore 31 farms and gardens across the Kansas City Metro area that are growing food for your table. Our tour sites showcase the diversity of food and farm projects throughout our city, giving you a taste of urban farm businesses, school gardens, refugee training farms, and charitable gardens throughout greater Kansas City.
June 14, 2016 Comments Off on Tour 31 farms and gardens across the Kansas City Metro area
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Eight New York players, as well as hip-hop group The Lox and Miss New York USA Serena Bucaj, made their way to Harlem to celebrate Harlem Grown which teaches children how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at their seven locations across Harlem.
By Nick Suss
June 8th, 2016
Bronx resident Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, explained that he founded the organization when he was at a personal crossroads in 2009. After the recession, he wanted a career change and left his limousine business. He decided it was time he gave back to the community, and so he began volunteering at public schools in Harlem, where he became a favorite of the students.
June 10, 2016 Comments Off on New York Yankee players visit ‘Harlem Grown’ and help kids plant food gardens
Tour De Farms – June 12, 2016
Tour De Farms will start your day at Artifact Coffee and take you throughout Baltimore’s urban farms. Farm’s include Real Food, Boone St, Whitelock, and Big City Farm. At each stop, guests will see first hand and learn how important these places are to both Baltimore food and the Chespeake region. Learn the stories about the people who work hard everyday to make the world a better and greener place. Along the way make pit stops at Grand Gru and Parts and Labor to refuel.
June 1, 2016 Comments Off on Bike tour of Baltimore’s urban farms
A One Day Conference on July 7th 2016 at the University of Warwick, UK
Urban gardening has long promised radical alternatives to industrialised food production and the organisation of modern urban spaces. Yet despite recent increases in popularity and a conspicuous proliferation of its forms, urban gardening appears to have had minimal material influence on how we eat or how we live.
March 5, 2016 Comments Off on Conference: ‘What does the future hold for urban gardening?’
Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).
22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.
Dr. Shiraz Wajih
Gorakhpur Environment Action Group (GEAG)
We are pleased to inform you about the National Conference on ‘Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).
GEAG is organising this Conference in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Government of India and RUAF Foundation, The Netherlands, and with support of The Rockefeller Foundation. The other strategic partners in the conference are ISET-International, CANSA and India Water Portal. The National Conference will be held on 22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.
January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).
Presented by: Bruce Berry, Almost Urban Vegetables – Date: Wednesday February 3rd, 2016
By the Compost Council of Canada
Bruce Berry and Marilyn Firth run Almost Urban Vegetables, a 10-acre family farm, in St. Norbert, Manitoba, on the south edge of Winnipeg.
Eight years ago, they left an urban lifestyle to follow the dream of growing food and living simply.
An engineer by trade, Bruce manages the “how we’ll do it” – the logistics of materials, water, harvesting and equipment.
January 28, 2016 Comments Off on Webinar: Producing Compost for Urban Agriculture: Needs and Opportunities