Metropolitan Agriculture in North America: From Planning to Development

Posted by on September 22, 2008

Metropolitan Agriculture in North America: From Planning to Development

Saturday, October 4th 2008, Noon – 5:30pm
University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall, 3418 Spruce St., Philadelphia PA

MetroAg – Alliance for Urban Agriculture
Penn Planning
Penn Institute for Urban Research
With support from the Cedar Tree Foundation, Boston

Please join us for the first public forum for the new Alliance for Urban Agriculture (MetroAg), founded to support the growing community of sustainable farmers and food systems planners and policy makers working in and around the metropolitan areas of the U.S., Canada, and beyond. The afternoon will start with an informal networking lunch. This will be followed by roundtable discussions of regional planning and community and economic development, featuring leading practitioners, policy makers, and scholars of sustainable agriculture. The event will conclude with the first general meeting of the Alliance, led by its coordinators (Martin Bailkey, James Kuhns and Joe Nasr).

This forum is an important opportunity to connect with colleagues in metropolitan agriculture from across North America and the world.  It is one of the concurrent activities of the annual conference of the Community Food Security Coalition, taking place in Cherry Hill, NJ, October 5-8.

Confirmed speakers include:
* Marcia Caton Campbell (Center for Resilient Cities, Milwaukee)
* Roxanne Christensen (Institute for Innovation in Local Farming, Philadelphia)
* Marielle Dubbeling (RUAF, the Netherlands)
* J. Dixon Esseks (American Farmland Trust)
* Cynthia Price (Greater Grand Rapids Food Policy Council)
* Wayne Roberts (Toronto Food Policy Council)
* Domenic Vitiello (Penn Planning and Philadelphia Orchard Project)

The $30 ticket for this forum includes a locally grown lunch (with ample vegetarian options), coffee and snacks. A limited number of student and low-income scholarships are available on a first-come basis. Transportation will be provided from and to the CFSC hotel in Cherry Hill.

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