Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship

Urban Green Train Multiplier Event
Date: Thursday 30 March 2017 14.00 – 17.30
Location: Aeres, Almere, Stadhuisstraat 18 Almere. Room: A2.08/9/10/11/12

Participation is free of charge.

Urban Agriculture is increasingly seen as a promising area for new business development. However, starting an Urban Farm requires a variety of knowledge and skills. Knowing how to cultivate plants or rear animals does not guarantee success; you also need to be able to analyse markets and social networks, plan and respond strategically to new trends, as well as to manage and monitor results once your businesses is up and running. It is also crucial to be innovative, sustainable and make optimal use of multifunctional resources. The Urban Green Train project, that was realised in the last years with a team from 4 European countries, encourages and supports pioneering business initiatives in Urban Agriculture by strengthening knowledge exchange, cooperation and innovation between Higher Education Institutions, Small & Medium Enterprises, NGOs and policy makers. In this multiplier event, we share some of our findings and results, including an innovative Training course on Urban Agriculture, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

PROGRAMME

INTRODUCTION 14.00 – 14.15

  • Henk Renting (RUAF) presents RUAF and the partners of the Urban Green Train project
  • Sigrid Wertheim-Heck (AERES, Almere) presents AERES and its work related to Urban agriculture and entrepreneurship
  • Alessandro Rossi (Mammut Film): Urban Green Train video

URBAN GREEN TRAIN TRAINING COURSE MODULES AND RESOURCES 14.15 – 14.45

  • Femke Hoekstra (RUAF) presents the main lines of the Urban Green Train project and gives an overview of developed training course modules and resources

BREAKOUT SESSIONS ON INNOVATIVE URBAN AGRICULTURE BUSINESS INITIATIVES  14.45 – 16.30

Henk Renting (RUAF) gives introduction to sessions + explains methodology

Round 1 (45 min)

  • Francesco Orsini (Research Centre for Agriculture and Biodiversity in the Urban Environment, University of Bologna, Italy): Urban rooftop gardens to reduce city's ecological footprint
  • Emmanuel Geoffriau (Agreenium, France): UA entrepreneurship as a means to valorise multifunctionality and ecosystem services
  • Axel Störzner (Hei-tro Aquaponik Development, Dortmund, Germany) Aquaponics as new business model - how to develop and transfer innovative technologies

Round 2 (45 min)

  • Bernd Pölling and Wolf Lorleberg (University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen, Soest, Germany): New business models in peri-urban areas to link the city and countryside
  • Giovanni Bazzocchi (HORTICITY, Bologna, Italy): Providing services and expertise for developing community gardens and educational horticulture
  • Brigitta Methorst (CAH Vilentum, Dronten, Netherlands): Food from your own field to the plate. Explore the concept and motivation behind the Herenboeren initiative

WRAP UP + PRESENTATION OF EU CLUSTER ON ENTREPRENEURIAL URBAN AGRICULTURE 16.30 – 17.30

With drinks and snacks

  • Henk Renting (RUAF) collects highlights from breakout sessions
  • Francesco Orsini (University of Bologna, Italy) presents the initiative for an EU Cluster to exchange knowledge and innovative experiences on Entrepreneurial Urban Agriculture amongst Higher Education Institutions, Research Centres, SMEs, NGOs and policy makers

You can find more information on the Urban Green Train project in the latest UGT newsletter or the project website. For more information about the multiplier event in Almere and for registration contact f [dot] hoekstra [at] ruaf [dot] org (subject: Multiplier%20event%20) . The final Urban Green Train conference will take place in Paris on 10 and 11 July 2017. More details will follow soon.