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1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

Urban Agriculture 2018, October 9 – 11, New Forest, UK

Organised By:
Wessex Institute, UK
Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

Introduction:

The aim of the Conference is to review and discuss ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieve sustainable cities.

As urban populations continue to increase it is essential to consider ways of reducing their impact in terms of use of natural resources, waste production and climate change.

The increasing number of people in cities requires new strategies to supply the necessary food with limited provision of land and decreasing resources. This will become more challenging unless innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments are considered.

The scale of modern food production has created and exacerbated many vulnerabilities and the feeding of cities is now infinitely more complex. As such the food system cannot be considered secure, ethical or sustainable.

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October 19, 2017   Comments Off on 1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

The UN Food Gardens Initiative Is Organizing A Showcase Of Small Scale Urban Agriculture Initiatives

The deadline for submissions for Feed Your City has been extended until 1 October 2017

By United Nations Food Gardens
Elena de Jesús, NGO Branch
Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Excerpt:

The UN Food Gardens Initiative, in partnership with UN-Habitat, is organizing a showcase of small scale urban agriculture initiatives in the Americas in order to share experiences, raise awareness about urban agriculture in the region, and incentivize policy action in support of this important activity in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 15 (Life on Land) and in the context of the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference.

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September 12, 2017   Comments Off on The UN Food Gardens Initiative Is Organizing A Showcase Of Small Scale Urban Agriculture Initiatives

20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens & Farms

Model D
July 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Detroit has an impressive number of urban farms — over 1,500 according to Keep Growing Detroit — a number that has grown significantly in recent years. But the the urban farm “movement” has been alive in the city for some time, as demonstrated by the fact that the 20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens and Farms takes place August 2.

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July 30, 2017   Comments Off on 20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens & Farms

“Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” says Willie Nelson, founder and president of Farm Aid.

Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson onstage for the 32nd annual Farm Aid food and music festival taking place Sept. 16 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., outside Pittsburgh.

In Pittsburgh, 30 miles east of the concert venue, urban farming has thrived.

By Thom Duffy
Billboard
6/13/2017

Excerpt:

Pennsylvania is also considered the birthplace of organic agriculture and a leader in sustainable agriculture practices. In Pittsburgh, 30 miles east of the concert venue, urban farming has thrived. The organization Grow Pittsburgh has launched more than 60 farms to increase access to fresh food and farm training programs for young people.

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June 19, 2017   Comments Off on “Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” says Willie Nelson, founder and president of Farm Aid.

Nature’s Path 8th annual funding program – Three $15,000 grants available in 2017

USA and Canada: Submit your application by June 23rd at 11:59 AM PST

2016 Winners

Occupy Madison Village Gardens: Providing safety, shelter and respect to people without stable housing, OM village consists of tiny (99 sq foot) homes, a community garden, and a shared lifestyle of practicing sustainability. The community garden not only provides nourishing organic food to residents, it is a tool to build community and education across socioeconomic divides.

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June 14, 2017   Comments Off on Nature’s Path 8th annual funding program – Three $15,000 grants available in 2017

American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

July 27 -30, 2017 Hartford, Connecticut

Excerpts from the conference website:

Themes:

1. Cultivating community, sustainability, policy and social justice (CC)

2. Gardening and running a community garden basics (B)

3. Youth and school gardening (YSG)

4. Innovative programs and new directions (I)

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May 31, 2017   Comments Off on American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

38+ experts share their best secrets for growing all your own food and medicine

Speakers:

Mike Adams
The Coming Antibiotics Apocalypse

Howard Garrett
Planting & Managing Trees
(The Right Way!)

Sally Fallon
Nourishing Fats In Your Diet

Sayer Ji
Nightshades Illuminated

Joel Salatin
Salad Bar Beef

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

University of California Urban Agriculture Courses

Learn the basics of urban farming from UC experts and local partners at this upcoming series that focuses on building success in California’s Urban Agriculture by managing risk and leveraging opportunities!

Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

Excerpts:

Workshop #3: Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers: How to ensure a safe harvest, from the field to the fork – Thursday, June 8th, 2017, City Slickers West Oakland Farm Park, 2847 Peralta St, Oakland 94608

Workshop #4: Marketing and Business Management for Urban Farmers: From business planning to labor laws, basics to help you succeed – Thursday June 22nd, 2017, 9:30-4:30, Location TBD

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May 24, 2017   Comments Off on University of California Urban Agriculture Courses

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

Excerpt:

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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April 20, 2017   Comments Off on In Cuba: Experts from over 15 Countries Debate Urban Agriculture

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

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

Except:

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

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

Photo source: Hausbar Farm FB.

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

By Brandon Watson
The Austin Chronicle
Mar 20, 2017

Excerpt:

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

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

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


An Urban Agriculture Workshop Series

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

Excerpt:

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