Can we turn our concrete jungles into community gardens?
As cities around the world go vertical, and land is consumed by construction, we have to rethink how we grow food. Urban farming is on the increase and edible landscapes are popping up in train stations and laneways. Building communities around collective food production – and activating public space to do it – may change the consumption patterns of our ever-growing urban sprawls. Join Dr Chris Williams, Lecturer in Urban Horticulture at Melbourne University, for a deep-dive into the world of urban agriculture and edible landscapes.
This event is part of From the Ground Up: An Exploration of Food, Hospitality and Technology in Melbourne – a day of programming dedicated to understanding the role Melbourne plays in the wider conversation around food and innovation.
DR CHRIS WILLIAMS
Dr Chris Williams lectures in urban horticulture at the Burnley Campus of the University of Melbourne where he specialises in urban agriculture. Chris developed the Novel Crops Project in 2014 which works to bring new or unusual edible species into cultivation, with an emphasis on perennial plants of high aesthetic value and with links to migrant communities. Through the Novel Crops Project, Chris and his students have provided design and management advice as well as plant materials to organisations like FareShare, 3000 Acres and many local councils.
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