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Food as a Public Good: Innovations in Urban Food Policy and Practice

Drill Hall, 26 Therry Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
$90 - $225
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How can the value of food as a public good support practices of ecological and social care in urban environments? What policy approaches are needed to support this in practice? What innovative practices are already happening on the ground?

Join us in exploring these questions and more at 'Food as a Public Good: Innovations in Food Policy and Practice,' a 1-day conference and workshop on embedding food as a public good in urban food systems.

This event is part of Sustain's 3rd national Urban Agriculture Month which aims to build momentum for the transition to sustainable and resilient food systems that enable flourishing human and ecological communities.

Keynote presentations from international leaders in the urban agriculture sector include: Rabekha Siebert (Urban Agriculture Manager, City of Dallas, Texas) and Linda Appel Lipsius, CEO of Denver Urban Gardens (Denver, Colorado). We are also pleased to showcase just a few of the local policy-makers and practitioners also presenting:

-- Dheepa Jeyapalan - VicHealth's 10-year VicHealth Strategy and whole-of-system approach to food system transformation
-- Savannah Supski and Patrick McMillin - Just Food Collective's youth-led approach to food justice
Eve Fraser - Farm Raiser: urban farming on school campus
-- Dr Kelly Donati - The role of community food infrastructure for healthier, fairer and more regenerative food systems
-- Dr Helen-Addison Smith (RMIT University / CafeLab) - CafeLab: a living lab for rethinking food waste in the hospitality sector
-- Joanne White and Maria Plakourakis (City of Melbourne) - Integrating Queen Victoria Market and food security initiatives

The second part of the day will take the form of a participatory workshop to explore different food system scenarios and key opportunities facing our food system.

'Food as a Public Good' will appeal to local and state government staff as well as practitioners in the community food, development, planning and landscape architecture sectors.

We thank our major sponsors - Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation and VicHealth - for making this event possible and extend our gratitude to the City of Melbourne for its generous support.

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