The Edible Cities Network Awards 2022
Apply for an award for your urban food initiative and you could win a travel grant to explore other edible city projects around Europe!
For: The Edible Cities Network Awards are open to all individuals, groups and organisations that are working to make our cities’ food systems more sustainable.
Deadline: 12.00 midnight on October 31 2022
Is your initiative having a positive impact on your local food system,
making your city greener and bringing people together?
The Edible Cities Network project is a global group of individuals and organisations, working together to make urban environments more socially and environmentally resilient through food system innovation – everything that makes our cities more “edible”.
This year, the project is once again awarding prizes to recognize, inspire and promote innovative urban food initiatives with a demonstrated social and environmental impact.
Issam Ben Chaaben
Oslo District Farmer
What can you win at the Edible Cities Network Awards 2022?
The winners will receive:
- A travel grant of up to 1500 Euro for participation in the EdiCitNet Awards Ceremony (at the Edible Cities Network Conference in Barcelona in Winter 2023) or a visit to one of the EdiCitNet Living Labs
- A promotional package disseminated via the Edible Cities Network website, social media and newsletter.
The EdiCitNet Awards grant three prizes in the following categories:
● Most innovative individual action
This award recognizes initiatives and “local heroes” who have employed urban food innovation to address a specific societal challenge in their city in a way that inspires others and advances existing practices and knowledge in their city and beyond.
● Most innovative social engagement process
This award identifies and highlights innovative processes for engaging with and empowering citizens and particularly hard-to-reach socially disadvantaged individuals and communities through urban food innovation.
● Best overall Edible City approach
This award recognizes holistic city-wide initiatives or policies for tackling societal challenges through urban food innovation in an integrated and sustainable way that enables the generation of multiple long-term benefits for the city.
For more information on the evaluation process, click here.
Edible Cities Network Award Finalists 2021
‘Basket Project’ is a policy initiated by Guangzhou City to meet the food supply for its 14.88 million inhabitants, by exploring the development of modern urban agriculture through a number of innovative methods.
Digital Beehive Project
The Digital Beehive Project aims to install a system which monitors several aspects of the beehive, bee behavior and honey production while helping predict impending extreme weather events. The prototype is built from simple, sustainable and inexpensive components and is easy to maintain.
Kasselheim Sugar Pea Production
Slow Food Rhein-Mosel wants to safeguard diversity by protecting ancient crop sorts such as “Kesselheim sugar peas”, an endangered local crop. The whole initiative, from sowing the peas to picking them to expose the seeds for the next year, was organised by volunteers of all ages. Sugar peas are easy to grow and serve as a soil conditioner. Their production improves local bio-cultural diversity and encourages reflection on food production/consumption behaviour.
Gamle Oslo District Farmer
The District Administration of Gamle Oslo employs a full time District Farmer to practice urban agriculture in the parks with local youth in summer and with kindergartens the rest of the year. The goal of the project has several dimensions: for youth it provides green vocational training and at the same time more welcoming and thriving parks; for the kindergartens it means practical pedagogy in line with the sustainable goals and a greener outdoor play area for the kids.
Insec2Eat’s mission is to bring more insects and insect-meal products to plates. Since insects are high in protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, trace elements and antioxidants, they are a healthy and sustainable alternative to meat. Compared to conventional animal husbandry, insects need: less water, less space, no need for deforestation. Insec2Eat specializes in healthy alternative protein products without additives.
Issam Ben Chaaben
Finding himself out of work, Issam Ben Chaaben decided grow food in an empty plot of land near his house. His urban farming has grown into a source of employment and fresh produce for his local community. Now he sells his products to local merchants and restaurants in nearby towns and has been able to provide employment to two young people. His initiative has had an environmental benefit, too, with more birds and bees coming to the land.
Located in what used to be an ignored space between building blocks in Stovner, a low-income suburban area of Oslo, a group of volunteers of all ages has created a green oasis – Mellomrommet. All tasks, building and planning are carried out by volunteers, and all the produce goes back to the community at no cost. Everyone can join at no charge and the area is open to the public 24-7.
RESTLOS GLÜCKLICH is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people of all age groups to reduce food waste through creative educational programs. Their current project is a comprehensive program for preschools, teaching children to value food, avoid food waste and develop a healthy and caring relationship to their everyday meals. The program fuels change within the children, their families and the institution itself. A strong focus is on preschools in socially disadvantaged inner-city neighborhoods.
We welcome all applications from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds, regardless of gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability. Find more information about the Edible Cities Network Awards and the full Terms & Conditions of entry by clicking here.
If you have any other questions, or for more information, please email
us at edicitnet-awards [at] eurtd [dot] com