Seventh Newsletter

URBAN GREEN TRAIN: Cells of Innovation in urban agriculture for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
We will meet on June 9 at Spazio Battirame in Bologna for the event dedicated to urban agriculture.


On June 9, the event dedicated to innovation in urban agriculture will be held in Bologna, organized by the Department of Agrarian Science of the University of Bologna, coordinator of the Urban Green Train project, in cooperation with the Italian partners Horticity and STePS.

The event will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Spazio Battirame facility managed by the Eta Beta social cooperative, a unique multi-purpose facility and the site of an important urban agriculture initiative in Bologna, to which the Urban Green Train project has dedicated an extensive study and a video

The afternoon event will be organized in various panels with the participation of important speakers from the world of research, institutions, and business engaging in dialogue with the audience on various subjects linked with urban agriculture: potential and challenges, energy efficiency, resilience, innovative business models, governance tools, and the creation of communities (together with the S.A.L.U.S. W Space project).

The event will also provide an opportunity for the presentation of the urban agriculture and entrepreneurship curriculum model developed by the Urban Green Train project and for the announcement of the creation of the new European network URBAN-AG, created by the project partners in order encourage cooperation among entrepreneurs, researchers, and pubblic authorities on these subjects.

Lastly, the experts from the Research and Study Center on urban agriculture and Biodiversity from the University of Bologna will present an innovative project located in Bologna: the ecological, cycling, and horticultural corridor in the Roveri area.

At the end, all the registered participants can enjoy a cocktail and the chance to meet with agricultural companies, micro-breweries, and bakers from the Province of Bologna.

Participation in the event is free, subject to registration. At the end of the event, registered participants will be issued a certificate of participation. To register, send an e-mail including your name, surname, e-mail address, profession, and the organization that you represent to info@urbangreentrain.eu.

Presentation in Almere of the First Successes of the Urban Green Train

The most important milestones of our project, displayed at the Aeres University of Applied Science

The RUAF Foundation, an international organization that brings together various partners in the field of nutrition and urban agriculture, in cooperation with the Aeres University of Applied Sciences, organized the first multiplier event of the Urban Green Train project in Almere, in the Netherlands, on March 30th.
The event was organized together with the sixth project meeting, in order to enable the participation of various partners in the Urban Green Train project. The staff and students of Aeres and Wageningen Universities and various representatives of urban agriculture projects in the Netherlands were present.

During the event, the most important milestones reached by the Urban Green Train were presented, such as the following:

Open-access instruction units in order to favor the creation of new urban agriculture businesses,
The urban agriculture and entrepreneurship course model and curriculum,
The catalogue of innovative urban agriculture initiatives in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The creation of the European urban agriculture cluster URBAN-AG in order to stimulate cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises, training institutes, NGO's, and policy makers.

These results were attained through our work and make us proud to be part of this “train” of European urban agriculture.
The program, presentations, and a photo gallery event are available from the RUAF website at the following page: http://www.ruaf.org/news/education-urban-agriculture-and-urban-green-entrepreneurship

Two Stops on the Urban Green Train in Germany Last May
A pair of multiplier events focusing on the cities of the future and the most innovative urban cultivation techniques.


The first was organized on May 16 in Waltrop, near Dortmund, and included 69 participants, in cooperation with the national project “CoProGrün” (Co-production for Green Corridors in Urban Areas) managed by RWTH Aachen University.
The main subjects included the cities of the future and the involvement of consumers in the production and distribution of food in cities.

On May 18, instead, the train stopped in Wuppertal, which hosted another multiplier event, where innovative urban cultivation techniques were discussed, with emphasis on hydroponics, a system already used with great success in various urban environments. The discussion focused on the necessary resources and training for intelligent adoption of this technique.

Final International Conference for the Urban Green Train Project

Our train has almost reached the end of its journey. Our last stop will be Paris, where the final international conference of the Urban Green Train project will be held on July 10 and 11 at the AgroParisTech Institute (19 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris, in the area of the Montparnasse Station). The detailed program and all the relevant information will soon be available on the website www.urbangreentrain.eu and in our next newsletter.