Urban Agriculture Forum National Speaking Tour

We are very excited to announce the Australian touring dates of our Keynote Speakers Henk De Zeuw and Debra Solomon as they head to Bendigo, Adelaide and Sydney in the days following the Melbourne Urban Agriculture Forum.

The event dates are as follows:

Bendigo, Central Victoria / TUES. 22ND NOVEMBER

Central Victorian Urban Agriculture Future Forum November 22nd 2016

Bendigo Tafe, Bendigo Kangan Institute, in collaboration with the City of Greater Bendigo, the Bendigo Regional Food Alliance and Sustain: The Australian Food Network, is hosting the Central Victorian Urban Agriculture Future Forum to take place at the Bendigo Tafe Charleston Road Campus on November 22nd, 2016. 

Join us in bringing together practitioners and expertise from across the urban and peri-urban food landscape to build a shared understanding of what urban agriculture is, and the benefits and the various opportunities it can offer Central Victoria.

Key goals of the Forum:
A.  Bring together practitioners from across the urban and peri-urban food landscape to build a shared understanding of what urban agriculture is, and the benefits and opportunities it can offer in the Central Victorian context.
B. Acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the urban agriculture movement in Central Victoria, both at the community and local government levels.
C.  Share lessons of good and best practice urban agriculture models, as well as failures and successes, from across the globe.
D.  Share the results of the research undertaken by Sustain and partner organisations, and reflect on the lessons for future practice.

Seminar Room
Bendigo Tafe Charleston Road Campus
62-104 Charleston Road
Bendigo Vic 3550

Program: 9.30am – 3.30pm
‘Forum aims and Urban Agriculture local and state government linkages’ - Nick Rose, Sustain
 ‘Lessons from abroad - food and the built environment’ - Debra Solomon
‘Developing resilient urban food systems – key dimensions of urban the food challenges’ - Henk de Zeeuw
‘Bendigo Regional Food Alliance’ – Jennifer Alden
 ‘The next chapter for Bendigo – The role of local government in supporting the growth of urban and peri-urban agriculture’ Steve Abbott, City of Greater Bendigo
‘Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence update, multiple training pathways’ – BKI
‘Urban agriculture in Central Victoria: achievements, lessons, enablers, opportunities’ - panel
‘The new farm to table: collaborative relationships between urban/peri-urban food growers and consumers’ supporting local produce use - panel

To register for this event: please click here!
For more information contact Felicity Harrop on 0477 390 196 or at epi@bendigotafe.edu.au


Adelaide, South Australia / WED. 23RD NOVEMBER

Edible Adelaide: the future of urban food growing

Workshop @ Glenunga Hub:

Adelaide has a rich edible history that has sustained thousands of generations.  It is home to ongoing cultural practices of Aboriginal peoples, large multicultural market gardens, smaller community and school gardens, backyard, front yard and verge plantings.  

How can we build on this to make Adelaide more edible? How can we transform our urban areas to be greener, cooler and tastier?

Join us to hear from two international speakers on growing food in cities.

1. Building sustainable and resilient urban food systems - Henk de Zeeuw, Senior Policy Advisor for the International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) Foundation
2. Transforming landscape architecture and public space - Debra Solomon, Urbaniahoeve, which means ‘the city as our farm’

Followed by a number of conversation circles to share ideas to strengthen and expand urban food growing in Adelaide.

This workshop is for anyone who has an interest in making Adelaide more edible. For example urban growers, local and state government (such as planners, policy makers, sustainability officers, people from primary industries and health), businesses, educational organisations, community groups and non-profit organisations. 

Come and share the projects you are (or have been) involved with. See what others are doing, and let’s see what we can do to make Adelaide more food resilient.

Events | Edible Adelaide
Workshop @ Glenunga Hub
12.45pm for 1pm – 4pm, 70 Conyngham, Glenunga
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Evening event @ The Jade
6pm for 6.15pm to 8pm, 160 Flinders Street Adelaide
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Edible Adelaide events are brought to you by Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, CQUniversity, Adelaide Sustainability Connect, Sustain: The Australian Food Network.


Sydney, New South Wales / THURS 24TH NOVEMBER

Urban agriculture has a well­recognised role in many parts of the world where an estimated 800 million people produce as much as 20% of the world’s total food requirements. In Australia, however, city­wide urban agriculture policies and strategies remain overlooked and under-utilised.

To celebrate the Royal Botanic Gardens 200th Birthday year, we would like to invite you to the site of Australia’s first European farm for a special forum on urban agriculture and food security into the next 200 years. The forum will bring together practitioners and policy­makers from across the urban food landscape to build a shared understanding of what urban agriculture is and the benefits and opportunities it can offer in the Australian context.

Special Guest Speakers:

Henk de Zeeuw - Senior advisor in the global coordinating unit of the Resourcecentres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security Foundation (RUAF Foundation”

Debra Solomon: Artist and designer of food­system infrastructure

Phil Pettitt: Community Greening Coordinator, RBG

Where and When:

Thursday 24th November 2016, 6:00 ­ 8:00pm
Moore Room, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
$20 adult, $10 student/senior. 
Canapés & glass of wine on arrival
Contact: Philip.Pettitt@bgcp.nsw.gov.au

Bookings online here
Click here to download an electronic flyer