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“Making Cities Edible”: The 1st Edible Cities Network Annual Conference Will Take Place in February 2022

Join the Edible Cities Network for our 1st ever Annual Conference, held live online over two days, 16th & 17th February 2022. “Making Cities Edible” will bring together leading researchers, policymakers and city administrators, civil society actors, green city activists and entrepreneurs to discuss the potentials, challenges and development of sustainable urban food innovation in cities around the world.

With a mixture of keynote addresses and roundtable discussions and an open networking session, the event will explore the latest findings about the power of urban food innovation to tackle social, ecological and economic challenges within cities, including insights from the EdiCitNet Project’s partner cities – as well as explore the social, technical, ethical, ecological, governance and financial challenges around scaling up sustainable solutions and anchoring them in current and future urban planning.  

Beyond highlighting successes, potentials and next steps for further action, the event also aims to generate guidelines on how to successfully integrate edible NBS in city planning, offering ideas to decision-makers in policy and business and addressing the societal and environmental problems facing our communities and our cities today.

Whether you are a newcomer to the topic of urban food innovation, or a seasoned professional, here are just a few reasons why Making Cities Edible is the event you don’t want to miss:

  • Hear first-hand experiences from expert practitioners in the field of urban farming, community gardening and sustainable food collectives
  • Explore recent developments, successes and challenges from the EdiCitNet project’s Living Labs in Oslo, Andernach, Berlin and Rotterdam
  • Learn about what different cities around the world are doing to integrate edible city policies & strategies into their urban planning
  • Network with other urban food enthusiasts from around the world and build alliances for more resilient urban food futures

Click here to find out more and to register!

Finding Sustainable Economic Models in Urban Agriculture – Second tailor-made workshop for ECS initiatives in Oslo

Nabolagshager and the Agency for Urban Environment (Municipality of Oslo), hosted on the 21st of October the second taworkshop of a series of three workshops to help urban agriculture initiatives in Oslo to develop their sustainable financial models. During this workshop “Enhancing customer relations and strategic partnerships” we focused on how ECS initiatives can utilise the value of their organisation to better connect with customers and form partnerships. We looked at how to find new customers, better connect with customers via social media, and how to create mutually beneficial partnerships – both private and public. It is important to recognize the benefits we can all produce and receive when we work better collaboratively.

We want to thank again all the participants for attending our second workshop at Linderud gård. Special thanks goes to our guest speaker Helene Gallis from Nabolagshager who gave participants many tips and tricks about how to get noticed and how to attract (traditional) media as a way to promote our work, products and services.

We look forward very much to meeting all the participants again at our next and last workshop on the 11 of November.

You can find more information about the workshops “Finding Sustainable Economic Models in Urban Agriculture” in this link: https://www.edicitnet.com/workshops-oslo-finding-sustainable-economic-models-in- urban-agriculture/ 

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop in the Outskirts of Berlin

There are numerous edible fruit trees, edible fruit bushes and herbs on the public green spaces in Rüdersdorf near Berlin. Citizens of the community are committed to this rich cultural landscape with the support of two local companies. In October, a tree pruning course took place on a newly planted orchard with 40 fruit trees under the professional guidance of EdiCitNet partner Mundraub. Young Fruit Trees need a regular care in the first ten or even better 15 years. Because this is nowadays not considered in most cases, many new orchards do not survive their adolescence. This is a waste of money and a waste of valuable living resources.

The Diamond of Mundraub – Think Different in Business Consulting

Alice from Wageningen University developed an interesting Tool to look at Edible City Businesses. She named it “The Diamond”. It is designed to get a holistic overview about organizations. Mundraub met her for an intense workshop to map the Ecosystem around Mundraub and the new sister brand “We are Edible”. There are some innovative features in the diamond that are different from traditional Business Model canvases: stakeholders are living beings but also “dead” data bases. Money is not a resource in this model and any resource can be translated into another. So the diamond seems to be a process oriented and very lively tool which is lurking to take off.

EdiCitNet Workshop in Eltville

Mundraub held a workshop in Eltville / Rhine Area. Together with citizens we talked about easily implementable ECS. In the beginning we introduced the auditorium to the idea of Edible Cities. Then we worked in small groups and developed solutions that can easily be implemented in Eltville and the might be accepted by the city authorities. In the end we planted a Sweet Chestnut Tree in the City Park. Thanks to the Youth Center Eltville that enabled the Workshop and hosted it in their rooms. Thanks to the City Council that gave us space to plant the tree.