For the past year Urban Reforestation has been working with a wonderful group of people from different organisations around Melbourne, including Village Well, the Food Alliance, Victorian Eco Innovation Lab and RMIT.  We are exploring and challenging the ‘re-thinking’ and ‘re-designing’ of our peri-urban agricultural landscape. We are holding a forum with international guests to bring this issue to attention on the 25th of October 2011.

What is peri-urban agriculture and why is it so important to the sustainability of our cities?

Whichever way you look at it, food production forms the basis for physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural health. How we preserve, manage and develop our agricultural resources close to where a majority of people now live worldwide- in cities- will determine the future health, sustainability and conviviality of our communities. Our peri-urban agriculture is a key component of what makes Melbourne the most liveable city in the world, and it’s worth protecting, developing and managing sustainably now.