Call For Papers

Abstracts Due: 22nd January 2021

Registration Deadline for Presenters:
28th February 2021

Call for Papers and Presentations - Guidelines

We invite abstracts of a maximum of 300 words with an empirical or applied focus that will be of interest and relevance to urban agriculture practitioners, researchers, community organisers, planners and policy makers. Given the online nature of the Forum, we are particularly interested in proposals that are visually engaging and stimulating, such as garden-based talks and workshops.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words either below or email to uaf@sustainaustralia.org by 22nd January 2021. All presenters must register to attend the event by 28th February 2021, according to the appropriate tier (student, waged academics, corporate). Please note that early bird ticketing will be available  from 23rd November 2020 to 31st January 2021; and that Sustain members receive a 15% discount.

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About the Urban Agriculture Forum:

The national Urban Agriculture Forum (UAF) is a bi-annual event, being held for the third time on 23-24 April 2021. In 2016 and 2018, the forum attracted over 200 policy makers, practitioners, innovators and institutions in the growing urban agriculture sector from Australia and internationally.

While the event has to date been held in Melbourne, owing to continued uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, the Steering Committee has made the decision that next year's Forum will be entirely online, with complementary social events taking place in Melbourne and around Australia.

2021 will also see the first inaugural national Urban Agriculture Month across April (1st to 30th inclusive) spring into action. The month-long celebration will feature garden tours, events and workshops highlighting the movement in Australia. To register your event, please visit the national Urban Agriculture Month map

As demonstrated by the results of the Pandemic Gardening survey conducted by Sustain during June-July 2020, COVID-19 has dramatically highlighted the importance of edible gardening and urban agriculture, in Australia and globally. Please join us for this major national event, as we celebrate the growing urban agriculture initiatives in Australia and beyond, the positive impacts they have on our community’s health and wellbeing, and the need for increased support from across society to scale up this vital movement.

Speakers and presenters:

Our international keynote speaker will be Chris Blythe from Social Farms & Gardens in the UK, who will present on the Forum's primary theme: Care Farming and Gardening in the Climate Emergency. CSA Farm Manager and Agroecology Consultant Natalie Keene will be joining us from Norway to discuss community organising and empowerment, farmer support and shared experiences.

About Sustain: The Australian Food Network:

Sustain is a think and do network with extensive experience and expertise in delivering positive outcomes in food systems change. Our expertise covers project management, events coordination, consultancy, research and network development. We work with multiple individuals and organisations from the public, community, business and academic sectors to design and deliver innovative solutions and approaches to a range of food system challenges. Our work creates multiple avenues for shaping food systems thinking and practice. As a result, our work directly impacts optimising public health and wellbeing outcomes for the Australian community as a whole. We are trialling collective impact models and new forms of engagement between producers, distributors, businesses, consumers and government in Victoria through food systems and social enterprise projects.

About our steering committee:

The Urban Agriculture Forum is proudly organised by a steering committee of Australia’s leading urban gardening and farming organisations:

3000 Acres

Collingwood Children’s Farm

Community Gardens Australia

Pocket City Farms

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Sustainable Gardening Australia

Jiwah