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2021 PLANET online | Cities that Feed Us: Planning for Urban Agriculture

October 15 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm


Ask someone to think about urban agriculture, and they’ll likely think of soil fields or greenhouses rather than high-tech indoor, controlled-environment growing. This course will explore modern methods of urban agriculture, its role in planning places and precincts, and the opportunities for planners to integrate fresh food production into our cities and places.

As our urban places have developed and become more populated, we’ve seen commercial-scale fresh food production uses moved further and further to the edge, or removed from urban places entirely. We’re also seeing the impacts of climate change and health crises on complex supply chains and food security.

This workshop will explore concepts in urban agriculture including an introduction to controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) and technologies, and how urban agriculture can be positively integrated into places and precincts. CEA is a growing industry worldwide, and planners are uniquely placed to set the frameworks to enable food productions in place and shape cities that feed us.


Designed For:

Strategic Planners, Planning Consultants, Policy Makers and people interested in urban agriculture.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of modern urban agriculture, methods and technologies;
  • Understand the role of urban agriculture in food security, urban resilience and local food networks;
  • Planning context and considerations to enable integration of urban agriculture into places and mechanisms; and
  • Public value benefits of urban agriculture including improved community health outcomes and economic development.



Mel Fyfe, CEO and Co-Founder, Blakthumb

Mel is a strategic planner with food systems and urban renewal expertise. Prior to co-founding Blakthumb in 2017, Mel held senior roles in the public and private sectors including leading the transport and infrastructure portfolio at Barangaroo.

Blakthumb is a Sydney-based AgTech/UrbanTech start-up. Blakthumb enables food production using controlled-environment agriculture closer to where people live using our digital platform and end-to-end model.



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