Pollinating Our Future: Urban Agriculture Conference
Community Building From the Ground Up
MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network announces its first annual “Pollinating Our Future: Urban Agriculture Conference” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin February 28 – March 1, 2008 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Keynote speaker, Michael Ableman, award-winning urban farmer, author and educator heads a line-up of leading sustainability experts in presenting the revolutionary power of urban agriculture.
“Urban agriculture provides a huge opportunity to unite residents, city policy-makers and planners, entrepreneurs, community organizations and urban activists, educators, municipal utilities and health professionals in meaningful solutions to city needs, what we see as the critical process of social healing”
Conference speakers and attendees will address important and controversial issues facing cities today focused on Food Justice, Garden as Community, Policy and Planning and Enterprise Development with workshops, forums, film, exhibits, and Town Hall meeting.
Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) Farming, Urban Green Tours, including Walnut Way Conservation Corp, Opening Celebration and Slow Food feast with regional foods at Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes, Upper Midwest Food Policy Council Training and Growing Power’s Composting/Vermiculture Workshop provide additional opportunities to educate motivate and pollinate the future of urban agriculture.
A ‘SPIN Cities: Farming Where We Live’ workshop precedes the conference at the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes February 28-29. Veteran urban farmer Wally Satzewich developed the SPIN-Farming (Small Plot Intensive) method to create city-based agricultural enterprise opportunities. “A sub-acre farmer can make the same living as a large-scale farmer with less stress and overhead and with more certainty of success year to year.”
Pollinating Our Future is co-hosted by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) and Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast. “Urban agriculture provides a huge opportunity to unite residents, city policy-makers and planners, entrepreneurs, community organizations and urban activists, educators, municipal utilities and health professionals in meaningful solutions to city needs, what we see as the critical process of social healing,” states Ron Doetch, Executive Director, MFAI.
Workshops include Youth Jobs Garden Program, Growing Food and Justice, Social Enterprise and Transitional Employment, Immigrant Farmers in the City, Transforming Ministry & Lives, Producing For Your Market, Eco-Cities and Global Warming, Designing Sustainable Cities and Up Against Goliath – How to Compete in the Marketplace.
Martha Davis Kipcak, leader of Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast, says, “We invite everyone interested in Urban Agriculture to join in exploring the benefits of urban agriculture for economic development, building community, creating healthier eco-systems, increasing food security and improving nutrition in our communities.”