New Publication: Integrating Urban Agriculture

Urban Food Strategies is thrilled to announce the publication of Integrated Urban Agriculture (2016). Edited by Robert L. France. Libri Publishing, Oxfordshire, UK. This book includes chapters from seventeen of North America’s preeminent authors and scholars on urban agriculture and urban food systems. Comment from an anonymous, expert reviewer of the MS draft: This is an exciting interdisciplinary approach by a well-coordinated, closely working team. The book is accessible, well written, free of jargon, and full of pictures, graphics and charts. In all fairness, this is one of the most exciting and innovative books on urban agriculture I have seen in recent years. It combines original papers and commentary/reflections to them which make it a perfect candidate for class discussions. This volume is as much about imagining urban and urbanism as urban agriculture. In this sense people in social sciences, urban studies, environmental studies, architecture and urban planning will find this book very useful. This is an exceptional international, interdisciplinary, expert dream team. Many of these authors have already been recognized as key contributors to this literature. However, the way the book is designed — as a conversation among a group of scholars, thinkers, authors — allows fresh new insights and adds vibrancy to this volume. It is not a simple how to do UA book. It is a thoughtful book about re-imagining urban living, urban livelihoods, urban culture through urban agriculture. This is a fun book. If I would keep a few books on urban agriculture in my personal library this is definitely one of them. It is the outcome of a workshop and went through many edits and commentaries. It is ready to go. I would consider this as a key contribution to urban agriculture, urban design, planning and agricultural...

Hot off the Press: Social Innovation in Food Banks Report Now Available

After decades of front line, emergency food distribution, food banks are increasingly taking a critical look at their work. As chronic and persistent food insecurity continues to increase, many food banks are now looking to different, longer-term strategies which better focus on serving the long-term health, social justice and resilience of the individuals and communities they serve. To better understand the landscape of this work, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank contracted Urban Food Strategies to convene other food banks undertaking similar shifts in an exploratory research project. The report, ‘Social Innovation in Food Banks: An Environmental Scan of Social Innovation in Canadian and US Food Banks’includes candid interviews with 18 food organizations from across North America on their work, and presents a continuum of socially innovative practices in the sector. We hope this report will help to continue to grow the food bank community of practice by supporting knowledge sharing and collective action. This report will be the subject of a panel at Food Secure Canada’s ‘Resetting the Table’ conference in Toronto, ON, from October 13th – 16th, 2016. To access the report, please click...

Urban Food Strategies Associates

Ione Smith, MSc | PAg Owner/Director | Upland Agricultural Consulting Ltd Upland Agricultural Consulting Ltd was established in 2010. Based on the Sunshine Coast in Sechelt, BC, they employ Professional Agrologists and work collaboratively with Planners, Landscape Architects, Engineers, graphic facilitators, and community engagement specialists strategically located around BC, Canada, and abroad. Now in their  7th year of service, they have successfully completed over 30 projects. Ione is the Director of Upland Agricultural Consulting Ltd. She is a Professional Agrologist with a background in community engagement, agricultural planning, and land resource science. Ione brings fourteen years of extensive experience in planning for the implementation of actionable recommendations and policies that will improve farm viability and food security through strategic public planning and social marketing processes. She is a skilled facilitator, published author and prolific keynote speaker on the topic of local government tools and strategies for Upland Agricultural Consulting enhancing local food production through effective community planning. Ione has delivered presentations and workshops to dozens of communities and conferences across Canada. Darren Stott, Principal Consultant | Green Chain Consulting Darren Stott has 20 years of experience in the food retail industry. This includes a management role for one of UK’s largest Co-op retailers and retail analytics consulting for blue chip retailers and manufacturers such as Safeway, P&G and Unilever also in the UK. Darren served as Director of Purchasing for the largest online organic home delivery company in North America, SPUD, for 7 years. In 2010 Darren started Greenchain Consulting, to use his food retail Blue Chip experience, to support BC local food initiatives through business development and planning. Recent and relevant projects include Vancouver Local Food Hub, Victoria Downtown Public Market, local food procurement in local school districts, local food purchasing and distribution for not for profit food kitchens and business planning for numerous local food businesses. Darren is also passionate about the importance of food literacy and is a long time volunteer with Growing Chefs. Jamie Unwin, MA Jamie Unwin is an environmental and food systems planner, researcher, policy analyst, network builder, and planning advocate with a knack for social media. She holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and Planning for Resilient Regional Food Security from York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, a postgraduate Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson’s Center for Studies in Food Security, and a BA from the University of Washington in geography and environmental science. Originally from Vancouver Jamie now resides in Toronto where she works as an associate for Urban Food strategies and is the part time Executive Coordinator for the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU). After completing her term as a Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Board Member and CIP’s national Student Representative, Jamie is now chairing the Council for Canadian Urbanism’s Committee for Young Urbanists....

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