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Best shots will be included in the final exhibition of the H2020-MSCA Susturbanfoods project in May 2018 – Bologna (Italy).
With the new year, we have started the last phase of the Project, we are performing the Assessment of the case studies while collecting some missing data. In parallel, we are completing dissemination and traning activities around Europe.
- IO and hybrid life cycle assessment (2 ECTS), International Life Cycle Academy, 22-24 January 2018, Barcelona, Spain
- Arvaia (CSA, planned agriculture, Bologna, Italy
- AgroParisTech rooftop garden, third session of data collection, Paris, France
- New case study: Azienda agrícola Floema (Social innovation, farmer-consumer distribution via WhatsApp), Bologna, Italy
- Seminar at AgroParisTech, Paris, France: “Sustainability assessment of social and technological innovations in urban agriculture” for researchers and HEI students
Last week, Susturbanfoods joined the AESOP Sustainable food planning group in the annual conference, hosted by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University (UK), on the 14-15 November.
The concept of the conference was the following:
In the conference, we participated with a study on how urban agriculture is implemented on vacant spaces towards social inclusion and urban regeneration, presenting the results published in an article in Sustainability (MDPI).
Two case studies of SustUrbanFoods exemplify these practices:
Via Gandusio is a community rooftop garden that was implemented by the municipality of Bologna, in collaboration with the University and the association Biodivercity to foster the community building of the residents.
The Spazio Battirame of the Eta Beta social cooperative renovated an abandoned building and the adjacent agricultural space in a suburbial district of Bologna with the aim of producing local and organic vegetables that are sold to Bologna citizens and employing adults and youth in risk of social exclusion.
We took part in the session “Urban agricultural planning & design”
- Daniel A.C., Aubry C., Colle M., Barbillon A. “Development of an urban agriculture project: “projection” and “revelation””
- Solman H. van der Valk, A., Pedroli, B “Alleviating tourist pressure on city centres by fostering alternative food experiences away from tourist hotspots”
- Sanyé-Mengual E. Gasperi D., Pennisi G., Rizzati N., Bazzocchi G., Magrefi F., Mezzacapo U., Centrone Stefani M., Orsini F. Gianquinto G. “The use of vacant spaces for urban horticulture in the city of Bologna (Italy)”
- Mees C. “Participatory design and planning for food production, shelter and cultural expression: Shared urban gardens in New York City”
During the conference, a Book launch on the topic took place, including the following publications:
- Everyday Experts: How People’s Knowledge Can Transform the Food System (People’s Knowledge Collective)
- Public Policies for Food Sovereignty: Social Movements and the State (Aurelie Desmarais, A, Claeys, P., Trauger, A.)
- Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2017 The World Food Crisis: The Way Out 10th Anniversary Issue
- Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Beyond (Chappell, J.)
- Food Sovereignity, Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity (Pimbert, M.)
- Forest Gardening in Practice (Remiarz, T.)
- Gender, Nutrition, and the Human Right to Adequate Food: Toward an Inclusive Framework (Bellows, A., Valente, F., Lemke, S. and Maria Daniela Nunez Burbano de Lara)
- Political Ecology, Food Regimes, and Food Sovereignty: Crisis, Resistance, and Resilience (Tilzey, M.)
- Special Issue of RUAF Magazine UAM No. 33 “Urban Agroecology” (Produced by CAWR & RUAF)
Yesterday 18th May, SustUrbanFoods joined the first meeting of the “Aquaponics network of North Rhine-Westphalia” to talk about the sustainability of aquaponics and the case studies of aquaponics systems within the project.
The goal of the event was to exchange expertise and experiences between the administration, aquaponics companies, associations and NGOs, service companies and academics of the sector. The three axis of the meeting were the following:
- How can aquaponics contribute to sustainable food production?
- Which social and labor market-relevant opportunities open up?
- Which bodies are involved when an urban aquaponics project is to be implemented?
- 9:00 am Get-together
- 9:30 am Welcome
- 9:50 am What is Aquaponik – Rolf Morgenstern
- 10:00 am The Urban Green Train Project – Bernd Pölling
- 10:20 am Sustainability of Aquaponics – Dr. Esther Sanyé-Mengual
- 11:00 am Break and exchange
- 11:30 am Climate Expo – Michael Walther
- 11:40 am The Aquaponik Verband – Mandy Schreck
- 12:00 hrs Aquaponik Manufaktur – Ingo Bläser
- 12:10 am Integrated Pest Management – Dr. Peter Dapprich
- 12:30 am Aquaponics and Social Work – Yvonne Fischer
- 12:50 pm lunch break and exchange
- 1:45 pm Panel discussion: Mandy Schreck, Jörg Heynkes, Rolf Morning Star, Peter
Dapprich, Mrs. Bonitz (?)
- 2:30 pm The project Arrenbergfarm – Jörg Heynkes
- 14:40 h Plantastik – Niels Rehkop
- 14:50 am Aquaponics at the FH Soest – Rolf Morgenstern
- 15:10 Food Safety – Dr. Eberhard Büker
- 15:30 h Plant Nutrition – Wolfgang Grüne
- 15:45 Coffee and closing day
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Typology: Modular protected aquaponics
Urban area: Urban
Innovation type: Technological innovation
Main functions: Water recirculation – Polyculture – Research
HISTORY & CONTEXT
The aquaponics system of die Urbanisten is placed in the Union Gewerbehof in Dortmund. It was implemented in 2013 for demonstrative purposes. The installation consists of a 22m2 unheated greenhouse made of aluminum, plastic and glass, where the aquaculture and soil-less production are integrated. On the on hand, the aquaculture production is performed in a 1m3 IBC container and water is filtered by biological and mechanical processes. On the other hand, the soil-less production system is done on expanded clay in polyethylene boxes.
AGRICULTURAL & AQUACULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS
Crops: Tomatoes, Mint, Lettuce, Arugula, Lettuce, Lemon balm, Basil (African blue), True Water Cress
Fish: Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), Tench (Tinca tinca)
Techniques: Aquaponics production: Aquaculture tank with filters (biological & mechanical) + Soil-less vegetables production with expanded clay
Irrigation: Tap water – Recirculation – Automatic irrigation
Use of renewable resources: –
Sustainable practices: Pesticides-free – Integrated pest management – Local production – Minimization of water consumption – Sustainable production of protein sources
Other products: –
- Youtube video [DE] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWTRr_dCQsc)
- Project description [DE] (https://dieurbanisten.de/urbanisten-projekt/aquaponik-unionviertel/)