Urban Food Production Virtual Symposium
Economics and Implementations
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been affected tremendously. With this, people are beginning to look for innovative solutions that will allow them to bounce back. Urban agriculture has grown rapidly in popularity and is quickly being understood as a resilient solution to COVID19. Urban agriculture helps support strong local economies and brings communities back together again, two things that are vital in COVID19 recovery. Not only will urban agriculture be an effective solution with COVID19, but it also provides many other benefits.
When you think of urban agriculture you probably think about urban space for food production, especially for fruits and vegetables. But, there are other viable types of production that you can get involved in, including microgreens, mushrooms, and edible insects! As well, urban agriculture has more capabilities than food production! It supports local economies, creates jobs, improves food access, and provides ecosystem services.
The agenda provides managers, researchers, and urban planners with an understanding of this burgeoning industry and tools to adopt these practices. GRHC brings together early adopters and pioneers so we can understand their successes and losses.
Approved for 3.75 APLD CEUs, 3.75 ASLA CEUs, 4 GRP CEUs and 3 AIA CEUs.
- Economics and business strategies for urban farms
- Adeline Cohen, Economic research coordinator, Laboratoire sur l'agriculture urbaine (AU/LAB)
- Designing and managing Agrihoods for conservation, sustainability and recreation
- Sarah Rosenberger-Gullotti, Agrihood Project Manager, Farmscape Gardens
- The Role of Food in Human Connection and Community Building
- George Gastis, Founder / Owner, Grow + Gather Urban Farm and The Feedery Kitchen + Market
- Question & Answer
- Brooklyn Grange Farm: Built with the rooflite Rooftop Farming Soil System
- Jason Brown, Sales Director, Skyland USA, creators of rooflite
- Integrating Rooftop Farms into the Hospital Ecosystem: Case Study Boston Medical Center
- Pete Ellis, Senior Project Manager, Recover Green Roofs
- Lindsay Allen, Operations Manager at Higher Ground Farm and the Rooftop farm manager at the Boston Medical Center
- Question & Answer
Thanks to the Sponsors of This Event
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) - North America Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(6) professional industry association working to grow the green roof and wall industry throughout North America since 1999.