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Find information to turn your edible city idea into a success!

On this page you find a variety of resources to help you build or manage your edible city business or organization.

Resources FAQ

FAQ – Do Business with Edible City Solutions

In our work with different entrepreneurs, initiatives and Edible City Solution (ECS) businesses we constantly try to find answers for pressing questions about how to design and run a successful urban food organization. We gather expert answers and condense some of the most frequently asked questions on the FAQ page.

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Growing Jobs in Urban Agriculture Playbook

It is not easy to survive as an Edible City Solution (ECS) or Initiative under immense cost pressure in the urban setting. Your ECS might not be a business, but at the end of the day you need to have financial sustainability if you want to maintain your impact and change the urban food system. That is why we prepared this practical playbook! We believe that this playbook will allow you and your team to identify the necessary and sufficient conditions for economic and social success, and equip you with a tool to explore solutions and address the needs of your organisation. 

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Diamond Model User Guide

The Diamond Model works similar to the Business Model Canvas in supporting business model innovation and strategising. However, it is not restricted to commercial organisations. You can use it to analyse and strategise any type of organisation and initiative – neighbourhood groups, social enterprises, charities, to name a few examples. If you prioritise social and/or ecological goals over commercial success, this tool is for you. And if you want to include commercial value streams into your initiative, the tool covers them as well.

What distinguishes the Diamond Model from other business model tools is that it comprises non-commercial value logics in a systematic manner, and that it explicitly includes non-human stakeholders such as plants, water bodies, or soil organisms. This is especially relevant in the urban agriculture sector.

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Media Training Guide – Intro to Journalism for Edible City Initiatives

Find out how to create a newsworthy event and get media attention for your urban food intiative with our Media Training Guide for urban food initiatives.

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Finding Suitable Space in Urban Areas for Your Edible City Initiative: Urban Roofs & Building-integrated Agriculture

Finding space for urban food production is an important step for developing your edible city initiative or project. This overview helps you identify and secure suitable space for your urban agriculture project, specifically suited to concepts around building-integrated agriculture such as urban roof farms.

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Finding Suitable Space in Urban Areas for Your Edible City Initiative: Urban Gardens

Finding space for urban food production is an important step for developing your edible city initiative or project. This overview helps you identify and secure suitable space for your urban agriculture project, specifically suited to urban gardening concepts.

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Impact Measurement and Management for Edible City Initiatives: Conceptual Basis of Impact Management

Measuring and managing impact is a fundamental part of running a sustainable urban food initiative, no matter the type of services or products you are offering. Get a short overview of impact management concepts which were presented during an EdiCitNet workshop on measuring and managing impact of edible city initiatives.

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ECS Funding: Financing Options for Edible City Initiatives & Start-ups (Berlin edition)

Finding suitable funding sources for edible city solutions can feel overwhelming. To help you identify the best financial model, we have compiled an overview of financing options available for initiatives and start-ups, including respective advantages and risks. This overview was introduced to edible city organisations during an EdiCitNet workshop on financing models and strategic stakeholders for Edible City initiatives and start-ups, tailored to the Berlin context.

Download the ECS Funding Guide (German)

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ECS Funding: How to – Digital Financing with CrowdDesk

CrowdDesk (now Portagon) offers a specific type of crowdfunding for organizations – so-called crowdinvesting. Private investors can support publicly advertised projects via the start-up’s financing platform. For companies, this provides simple, reliable and legally secure access to capital – without the hurdles of the classic capital market. This introduction to CrowdDesk’s offer was presented during an EdiCitNet workshop on financing models and strategic stakeholders for Edible City initiatives and start-ups.

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ECS Funding: Financing Options for Edible City Initiatives & Start-ups (Koblenz/Andernach edition)

Finding suitable funding sources for edible city solutions can feel overwhelming. To help you identify the best financial model, we have compiled an overview of financing options available for initiatives and start-ups, including respective advantages and risks. This overview was introduced to edible city organisations during an EdiCitNet workshop on establishing edible city solutions in your region, tailored to the Koblenz/Andernach context.

Download the ECS Funding Guide (German)

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