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Around the world people are growing food in cities! From August 15 to 18, the 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit will bring together a diversity of people that are making it happen - design professionals, community groups, social housing advocates, tenants and developers, educators, planners, homeowners, urban growers and others - to share what is working, and to discover what is possible.
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.
The first Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto is presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and FoodShare. It will be action-oriented: attendees will learn new tools to advance urban agriculture in their own communities. Together participants will explore urban agriculture's current role and future potential in 21st century city-building.
Summit programming will include a lively combination of workshops, keynotes and panels, tours, design charrettes, and professional development opportunities. Sessions will draw on local and international expertise and practical experience, and will be designed to engage diverse communities and provide opportunities for cross-fertilization across sectors.
We are at a critical moment in North America and globally in terms of food insecurity, damaged environments for living and crippled economies on the one hand, and increasing momentum for alternative, sustainable means of food production and income generation, on the other hand. There is great potential for the production of food and more within urban areas that is not being realized.
Toronto is a prime example of leading innovative urban agriculture programs that contribute to food access as well as community and city building. However, as in many other urban centers, policy has lagged behind practice. And the practical work of urban growers is hindered by a lack of infrastructure and finance. The Summit aims to push forward the possibilities of urban agriculture.
FoodShare's Debbie Field explains why the Summit is so important to urban gardeners, policy makers and city residents alike!
The Summit seeks to:
The Summit will engage a wide range of audiences. These include:
A variety of approaches will be provided for sharing knowledge, building skills and strengthening capacity:
FoodShare and Ryerson University - well-known hubs for learning, growing and increasing access to good healthy food - will host the keynote and training sessions with talks, tours and activities happening throughout the Greater Toronto Area.