Parckfarm “from the landscape to the plate” – a design festival celebrating kitchen garden.

The 2014 edition of the Brussels “Parckdesign” festival – supported by Brussels Environment – comes to life in the new Tour & Taxis park from May to September 2014. Entitled PARCKFARM “From the landscape to the plate”, it invites visitors to discover a new park typology through art installations, agricultural performances and flavorful experiences. Take […]

The city of Manchester is heading towards a sustainable food system !

The city launched a study on sustainable food in Manchester and the report has been published in November 2013. The report provides an overview of the current situation in the city and establish a simple set of relevant and practical sustainable food criteria for policy maker to work from.                              ManchesterSustainableFood_report                ManchesterSustainableFood_presentation   The Kindling […]

Urban Agriculture in Brussels, the emergence of a sector

200 stakeholders met in Brussels on 26 March 2014 to discuss urban agriculture in Brussels and in Europe. Given the challenges currently facing towns and cities (demographics, pollution, social inequalities, etc.), urban agriculture is gradually becoming a strategic development axis. Like other cities, the Brussels-Capital Region is affected by this trend and wishes to support […]

Kick off for the city farming project ‘Nieuwe Stadsboeren’

On sunday 13 th of April 2014 two enthousiastic citizens of Amersfoort, Kinke Hendriksma and Manon Hendrikx, launched the start of a small scale urban farming project ‘Nieuwe Stadsboeren‘.  About 40 families adopted wooden grow boxes to grow veggies and fruit this season. In a former Unilever industrial estate called De Nieuwe Stad,  now transformed […]

Joy Carey’s reflections from URBACT meeting in Brussels and Urban Strategy Mix conference

Understanding the cases better The three reports cover a wide range of practical examples of what is currently going on in the different partner cities.  The richness lies in the diversity of examples that address different scales, audiences, instigated by many different ‘actors’ to address a range of challenges. What unifies all these examples is […]

‘Farmer and City are looking for transport’

‘Are logistics and regional food  a dilemma or are their new opportunities? What can we learn from initiatives dealing with this topic and what is the actual status on supply, demand and logistics of regional food in Amersfoort.’   These questions were subject of presentation and discussion at the Amersfoort the local support group meeting […]

Urban Food Strategy Mix – Presentations & Background

Glimpses of Urban Food Strategy Mix workshop On 5 February 2014 in Brussels, participants from over 40 cities  met and browsed through the Sustainable Food City Exhibition showcasing sustainable food initiatives in partner cities of the URBACT Thematic Network Sustainable Food in Urban Communities. During six workshops addressing “Growing”, “Delivering”, “Enjoying”, “Governance”, “Funding” and “CO2 […]

Update: save the 5 Feb 2014 & read our Delivering report

December 2013 Update Thank you for your interest in our URBACT Thematic Network “Sustainable Food in Urban Communities” . Feel free to join our mid-term event in Februray 2013 in Brussels or read our first publication on “Delivering” Sustainable Food. From plate to city Save the dates: 5 & 6 February 2013 5 Feb: “Urban Food […]

Brussels Mid-term Event – new background documents & updated programme

Invitation On 5 February 2014, the International workshop “Urban food strategy mix” welcomes cities and interested parties engaging in strategies for low-carbon and resource-efficient urban food systems to exchange actively on initiatives in “growing” (production), “delivering” (supply) and “enjoying” (demand). A joint reflection on how cities might move beyond an inventory or wish list of […]

New sustainable food publication: “Delivering” Thematic report

Read full Delivering report (PDF) In short The interim thematic report“Delivering” explores ways to distribute, share and procure local food inside the city. It captures the exchanges between network partners during 2013, notably during the Amersfoort workshop in April. It considers more sustainable and less carbon intensive delivery systems giving efficient opportunities to local production; […]