Community Greening Urban Ag Forum “the Next 200 years of food"

Phil Pettitt from Royal Botanic Garden Sydney explains about an event held as part of the garden's Community Greening Program. 

Urban agricultural forum project

Social housing residents provide and share a community lunch and chat with national and international guests- they were so proud to showcase their project. Photo credit: Phil Pettitt

On Thursday 24th November 2016, to celebrate the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s 200th Birthday year, the Community Greening program alongside other supporting partners invited 80 interested participants to the site of Australia’s first European farm for a special forum on urban agriculture and food security into the next 200 years. The forum brought together practitioners and policy makers from across the urban food landscape to build a shared understanding of what urban agriculture is and the benefits and opportunities possible in the Australian context. A tour was conducted across urban agriculture sites in Sydney including one of the 627 Community Greenings projects; Waterloo Community Gardens, who hosted the national and international guests in a community lunch. 

On the whole in Australia, city wide urban agriculture policies and strategies remain overlooked and under utilised. 

Special Guest Speakers:

Henk de Zeeuw

Advisor in the global coordinating unit of the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security Foundation (RUAF, ETC Foundation)

Debra Solomon

Artist and designer of food system infrastructure 

Phil Pettitt

Community Greening Coordinator, RBG 

The benefits to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney were highlighting an awareness of food security, the botanic gardens interest in this (and our Community greening program – a solution to food insecurity) and Henk De Zeeuw highlighted just how lacking our government policies are in protecting arable food land from urban development by showcasing other international best practice.

For more information please visit: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Learn/Community-Greening