Cities feeding themselves is an idea that can change the world. An idea whose time has come...
— Dr Nick Rose, Executive Director, Sustain
The 2016 Urban Agriculture Forum on Sun 20 - Mon 21 November at the Burnley campus of the University of Melbourne is bringing together practitioners and policy-makers 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 Australian context.
It also aims to:
- Acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the urban agriculture movement over the past decade (and in some cases before) in Australia, both at the community and local government levels.
- Share lessons of good and best practice urban agriculture models, as well as failures and successes, from across the globe.
- Share the results of the research undertaken by Sustain and partner organisations, and reflect on the lessons for future practice and policy development.
- Identify and discuss the legislative, regulatory and resourcing barriers to the further expansion of urban agriculture in Melbourne and beyond.
- Develop a common platform and set of proposals to the State government to address the identified barriers.
Go for one or both days, they aim to have different emphases:
Sunday is aimed mainly at the people on the ground making urban ag happen and will provide an chance to hear and talk about the successes, challenges and opportunities.
Monday is aimed at policy and decision makers and influencers from all levels of government, and as well as many local and national figures with expertise, feature a couple of international speakers who bring a different perspective and experience.
If you share our interest in delivering on the promise of urban agriculture then come along, it's open to everyone. Go here for more information or to book your ticket!
See you there!