Second Newsletter February 2016

1) Want to become an Urban Agriculture expert? Start here!
Discover the UA Educational offer section of Urban Green Train

Tackling the new frontier in farming that is urban agriculture is no mean feat. There are a great many dimensions involved and a great deal of knowledge is needed. Regardless of the type of urban agriculture you want to get involved with, it is not sufficient to simply learn how to cultivate plants or rear animals to guarantee success: you also need to be able to analyse a context, predict developments and plan strategically, as well as to manage and monitor a system once you are up and running. It is also important to be innovative, eco-sustainable and multi-functional, while it is absolutely essential to have the right competencies and approach, because implementation can involve a wide range of skills and influence many different domains. Not only because you are producing food and thus influencing the health of anybody eating it: urban agriculture can also influence the quality of the environment and landscape, contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and promote social inclusion.
Depending on the role they are set to take on, anyone starting out in this activity may need a specific education, but what kind of training offer is available in the field of urban agriculture? The Urban Green Train project provides a useful reference in this regard. In its website’s UA Educational offer section, it provides a useful overview of the different European training pathways in this sector.

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) Do you want to work in Urban Agriculture?

In summer 2016, the first Urban Green Train course will be launched to train Urban Agriculture professionals.

The first Urban Green Train course is just starting up! The course is designed to provide a useful toolbox for anybody looking to operate directly or indirectly in the world of urban agriculture. It offers a complete and structured training pathway tackling all aspects relevant to this new way of doing business in agriculture.
To ensure a professional standard, special attention will be paid to the situation as it stands today, as well as to real-life experiences: a focal point of the teaching will be made up of the 30 most significant case studies in urban agriculture operating on European soil and analysed in the first phase of the Urban Green Train project.
Starting with an initial in-depth and global examination of the concept of urban agriculture and the entrepreneurial forms it can take, the course will then concentrate on the different possible production systems, the rational use of resources as a means of determining the success of an initiative and its competitiveness, and the rules governing this unique, dynamic and young products and services market. This training course will provide participants with many useful governance and networking tools as well as tackling environmental issues in-depth and covering product and service quality strategies. Starting in summer 2016, the course will be given over 150 hours, divided up between distance learning and in-class teaching at University of Bologna. You will find further information in our upcoming newsletters or by writing to us at info@urbangreentrain.eu.
If you want to make urban agriculture your profession, don’t let this interesting and complete training opportunity pass you by.

3) The dialogue between Urban Planning and Urban Agriculture is beginning in Dortmund
Urban Gardening? An important part of city planning and food for the future

Last October, in Dortmund, an unique conference on 'Urban Green Entrepreneurship' was held, which was organized by UGT partner hei-tro GmbH as part of the Urban Green Train project with the support of the Agency for Economic Development Dortmund.
Experts in urban planning, food politics, and urban agriculture, and representatives of the public administration and the world of entrepreneurs, had the chance to work on ways of coordinating, and strategies for sharing, in order to put in place the groundwork of a better food system (and some more edible cities).
To read more about the topic, see the interview with the speakers who took part in the conference, which you will find at this link (with subtitles in English).