Latest news – May/June

PINGs

Our latest Policy Influencers Network Group #4 had 45 participants from across the UK, with a good number of local authorities engaged in healthy discussions about Land Use, planning and the urgent demand for more urban food production.   You can read more detail about our innovative collaborative policy drafting, and watch the recording here: https://www.urbanagriculture.org.uk/ping-4-land-use-and-urban-food-security/

WING # 2 – Weds 8th June, 14.00 – 16.00

Our second annual Wider Interest Network Group (WING) is coming up on 8 June (14.00).

The WING is a chance to find out more about the background to the Urban Agriculture Consortium, to hear about our Year 2 evaluation, and to change the pace of policy support for regenerative agroecology at all levels in advance of COP27.  Do join us.

Register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-wider-interest-network-group-of-the-urban-agriculture-consortium-tickets-330061762617

PING & WING sessions are free to attend, and are for council officers & councillors  at regional and local levels, for food partnership colleagues and interested academics: all are welcome – we convene online to create an inclusive informal space to learn, connect and be inspired.  Please feel free to forward this invite to your colleagues.  

Register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-wider-interest-network-group-of-the-urban-agriculture-consortium-tickets-330061762617

Future PINGS will feature 

  • Mapping our food growing potential using open source data 
  • Peri-urban farming – to bring food production back to the people
  • New Voices & Diversity – in the people, products and process of a localising food system 

Please contact us if you’d like to attend any of our events or if you’d like to be added to our mailing list.

UAC’s Northern city cluster and Midlands cluster

By working with groups of places loosely clustered in regions of the UK, UAC aims to pinpoint & then enable shared projects that can amplify and accelerate change across the cluster, and build relationships of knowledge and solidarity. We’ve been working with our northern cities since Autumn 2020 and are just in the first stages of forming a diverse midlands cluster which will include cities, towns and counties. They’ve completed a survey and we’re synthesising the results so we know where our interventions can have the greatest impact. Watch this space!