Climate change. Health and wellbeing. Connected and flourishing communities. Sustainability. Resilience. Fairness. Food systems are at the centre of all of these fundamental challenges - and urban agriculture - cities feeding themselves and supporting nearby farmers - is essential to our flourishing in this century.
So Sustain: The Australian Food Network is very excited to announce that the second national Urban Agriculture Forum (UAF) will be held at the Melbourne CBD campus of William Angliss Institute on the 23rd & 24th of February 2018.
The 2018 UAF will build on the success of the inaugural 2016 Forum, a ground-breaking event attended by 170 people from around Australia. The 2018 UAF will showcase how urban agriculture creates more liveable cities, communities and homes. Participants will share and explore success stories and lessons of practice and policy, from around Australia and internationally. We'll discuss and plan how Australians from diverse backgrounds and sectors can work together to meet the global Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11, 'Sustainable Cities and Communities.'
Speakers and presenters
Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr Lenore Newman, Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment (University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia), Ben Shewry, founder of the world-renowned Attica restaurant, award-winning Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu), David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture, and SBS Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis. The UAF will include an academic stream, supported by an academic advisory committee. Confirmed presenters from Melbourne University include Dr Peter May, Dr Chris Williams (Burnley Campus) and Dr Rachel Carey, featuring the influential Foodprint Melbourne research.
Confirmed sponsors include William Angliss Institute, Biofilta, the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, City of Moreland, and Sydney University.
Who should attend?
The Urban Agriculture Forum is tailored to a wide-cross section of stakeholders, including staff from state and local government working in health and wellbeing, social and strategic planning, economic development, community engagement and environment and sustainability; the education, university and TAFE sectors, designers and urban planners, urban farmers, community and backyard gardeners, chefs and restaurateurs, food social enterprise and retail businesses, health professionals, emergency food relief providers, and waste management professionals and agencies.
Please visit http://www.uaf.org.au for more information and program details closer to the event date.