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Urban Agriculture Forum 2018

Presented by Sustain

2018 Urban Agriculture Forum: From ResilienceTo Liveability - Edible Cities for a Thriving Future

Sustain: The Australian Food Network held the 2018 Urban Agriculture Forum on the 23rd & 24th of February 2018 at The William Angliss Institute, Melbourne.

The second UAF emphasised the role urban agriculture can play in creating more liveable cities and homes, and thereby contribute to meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11, 'Sustainable Cities and Communities.'

Read our 2018 manifesto, "The Melbourne Statement" here.

View the full program online here.


Download the program booklet here (PDF, 3mb)

Guest Speakers

Keynote speakers include Dr Lenore Newman, Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment (University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia), Ben Shewry, founder of the world-renowned Attica restaurant, award-winning Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu), David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture, and SBS Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis.

In Conversation with Ben Shewry and Bruce Pascoe: Reconciling Country, Culture & Cuisine

UAF 2018 included an academic stream, supported by an academic advisory committee. Presenters from Melbourne University included Dr Peter May, Dr Chris Williams (Burnley Campus) and Dr Rachel Carey, featuring the work of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab and in particular the ground-breaking Foodprint Melbourne research.

View the full list of UAF 2018 guest speakers and presenters here.


Sponsors included the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, BioFilta, City of Moreland, Sydney University, ICLEI and William Angliss Institute.

View the full list of UAF 2018 sponsors here.

Please contact [email protected] with any enquiries regarding the 2018 UAF or opportunities to participate in future events.

National Speaking Tour & Sideshow Events

Sustain’s mandate is to support communities and organisations that are collaborating to build better food systems around Australia. So we were delighted to be involved in bringing together events comprising a national festival of discussion and collaboration on urban and peri-urban agriculture, and sustainable and regenerative food systems more broadly.

View the full list of UAF 2018 National Speaking Tour & Sideshow Events here.

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