Urban agriculture in context: Special presentation

May 26, 2016

Urban agriculture in context: Special presentation

Residents are invited to attend a presentation on how everyday decisions can impact the future of food.

Through his award-winning international firm, guest speaker Erin Sullivan White helps organizations and communities develop innovative food systems projects to create simple solutions.

Urban agriculture is the practice of growing food in an urban area, whether it’s fruits, herbs and vegetables, or raising animals.  This presentation provides food for thought - on how urban agriculture can support local economies, promote urban-rural connections, build strong social fabric, and foster community health and well-being.

Urban Agriculture in Context: The Food and Communities We Want

Presented by Community Food Lab founder and principal,
Erin Sullivan White

Wednesday, June 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Community Centre, Council Chambers,
2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park

Please RSVP for this free presentation

As part of the larger conversation on agriculture in Strathcona County, the presentation will explore the connections between innovative urban agriculture, thoughtful municipal policy, and the importance of systems thinking. Benefits, as well as limitations, of urban agriculture will be discussed.

Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to share their ideas about urban agriculture in Strathcona County.

From April 8 to July 1, Strathcona County residents will have a chance to share their vision for the future of urban agriculture. During this first phase of engagement, we will hear from the community and find out which topics should be explored throughout the development of the Urban Agriculture Strategy.

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Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Presenter biography:

Erin Sullivan White is a designer, entrepreneur, and teacher working towards healthy food systems. Erin founded Community Food Lab out of the belief that healthy communities need healthy food systems, and that good design can help achieve both. Through his award-winning international firm, White helps organizations and communities develop innovative food systems projects to create simple solutions.

While trained as an architect, White has also worked as a chef, an on-site farm manager, a statistician in public health, and a framing carpenter. He is a co-founder of the Raleigh, North Carolina Capital Area Food Network, the father of two young children, and he no longer plays rugby as much as he’d like.



Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595