Toronto’s first Urban Agriculture Summit is taking place from August 15-18. The four-day workshop is being organized by FoodShare and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and will feature a wide variety of workshops, panels, tours, and professional development opportunities aimed at providing attendees with the skills to advance urban agriculture strategies in their own communities. Design professionals, community groups, social housing advocates, developers, educators, urban growers, and planners will share what is working and discover new possibilities for growing food in cities.
There is still time to submit proposals to lead a session or to provide sponsorship for this exciting event. Proposal submissions may be submitted for the three main types of contributions – Focused Sessions, Field Workshops or Tours, and Special Skills Workshops. The deadline for session proposals is Monday, April 2, 2012. Applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposal Submission forms and information on Sponorship Packages are also available on the Urban Agriculture Summit website.
More about the Urban Agriculture Summit:
From bee-keeping to community and school gardens; from aquaculture to rooftop farming, urban
agriculture is becoming an essential element of food security, improving access to healthy, affordable
food in a rapidly urbanizing world. Urban agriculture can also generate much-needed skills development
and local employment while improving local environmental and community health.
Major Summit themes include:
- Food security, food sovereignty and city-building
- Planning and design of innovative infrastructure for small & large-scale urban agriculture
- New technologies and innovative practices associated with production
- Scaling up urban agriculture: Supportive programs, policies and governance models
- Best management practices in for-profit and not-for-profit food production
- Building the business case: the economics, financing and marketing of urban agriculture
- Embedding urban agriculture in community development and housing