Roots and Sky: Opportunities & challenges for the roof top gardener. One Day conference Sat 30th September 2017, Birmingham | Biodynamic Association

Roots and Sky: Opportunities & challenges for the roof top gardener. One Day conference Sat 30th September 2017, Birmingham

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Venue: Roof top Micro-farm, Argent College, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Organisers: Ruskin Mill Land Trust, The Field Centre  and Argent College,

As population densities increase and concerns exist over food security and environmental sustainability, urban farming is increasing in popularity, with roof top gardens appearing in city centres around the world. Estimates suggest that around half of the world’s population currently lives in an urban setting, often at a distance from the rural areas of production.
The aim of the one-day conference is to explore the opportunities presented by urban roof top gardens from a series of perspectives:
• Ecological and environmental sustainability
• Economic, food production and food security
• Educational, therapeutic and social benefits
The day will include:
Keynote speakers on the theme of rooftop gardens within the context of urban agriculture, biodynamics, organics and permaculture.
Parallel afternoon workshops on: food security and food production; ecology and environment; bees and urban wildlife corridors; growing rooftops in urban planning; space auditing for therapeutic and social horticulture; Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE); growing techniques for rooftops, certification issues.
Expert panel discussion on the
challenges and opportunities of rooftop gardens and micro-farms

Suitable for: Teachers who wish to develop micro-gardens within the context of the school.
• Urban planners, who wish to consider the environmental and economic benefits of urban agriculture schemes.
• Organic and biodynamic farmers, who can share their insights and contribute to the development of knowledge and practice in this area.Cost: £20 (including lunch)
For further information, and to book, please contact  Hannah.mallinckrodt@rmlt.org.uk