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Community Food Innovation: Agro-Ecology & Renewable Energy (Seminar 2)

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Incredible AquaGarden

Ewood Lane

Todmorden

OL14 7DF

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Community engagement in agro-ecology initiatives that integrate renewable energy for sustainability can have long term educational, health, employment and productive use benefits for local communities and for research sector collaborations.

On Friday February 9th the main question will be how we can learn from and stimulate cross-regional sharing of growing initiatives that use principles and practices of agro-ecology as the basis for sustainable food economies. We will concentrate on gathering examples of cases and projects that aim to understand how food growing systems can be detached from fossil fuel energy consumption. Our distinctive aim is to think about energy not just as fuel to power machines, but as a whole-system life-growing cycle. Transitioning to farming based on renewable energy will need different approaches that innovate with green infrastructures.

This workshop will start with historical perspectives on food growing ecologies, assess the impact of the agricultural and industrial revolutions, and consider transition pathways out of industrial agriculture. We will use the great traditions and heritage of renewable energy in the north of England, along with small-scale energy innovations relevant to our regional environment, to devise and expand creative research directions. These will connect on-the-ground practitioners with university research institutions and personnel (with current colleagues working at universities of Lancaster, Manchester, Durham, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle).

Projects we can learn from, and collaborations to be developed, will work with the fact that the North of England is generously endowed with post-industrial energy-ecologies for:

  • harvesting biomass (fuel & soil carbon improvement);

  • micro-hydro and off-grid generation;

  • sites for brown-field soil remediation using minerals + compost + anaerobic digestion;

  • multiple-use coastal-marine locations;

  • wind-harvesting on upland walled gardens and orchards;

  • landscaping solar and biogas options for generation–and-growing food spaces in institutional settings (e.g. national parks, fire-stations, health-centers);

  • varied sites for experimenting with linkages of the food-water-energy nexus.> organisational frameworks and synergies for community energy and food initiatives

This promises to be a stimulating and inspirational seminar which will build on the discussions and collaborations of the our previous workshop.



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