Friday, May 4th AT 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Urban Farming in Practice: An Overview of Successful Projects and Approaches

Oregon Convention Center: Room 201

Track: Master Speaker

Urban farming is an opportunity to connect to the earth and the natural processes of organic food production, in environments where access to gardens may not be readily available. In addition to the tangible effect of connecting to one’s food source, farming spaces offer community members a place to connect with one another through the action of tending to a garden, sharing stories, recipes and sustained effort that results in something shared: the delight of fresh, organic food. Urban farming spaces are a unique feature to any building that offer an unparalleled means of building connection amongst various community members through physical activity and a group action.

An overview of effective urban farming approaches, showcasing case studies of successful projects, fueled by thoughtful design and community engagement will be given to participants. They will also learn about the challenges and benefits associated with the integration of urban farming into design and new construction. Topics covered will include design, phases of construction, rooftop farming considerations, indoor growing systems, hydroponics, livestock such as chickens and goats, and beekeeping. We will address each type of project and how it can be implemented in a living building design for optimal and tangible results.

Speakers

Jessie Banhazl
Founder
Green City Growers